• New fishing regs coming to several Mississippi lakes

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Changes in fishing regulation for several lakes were approved by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and will become effective June 23.

  • In this May 25, 2016, photo, South Dakota wildlife official Thea Miller, the director of the Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls, S.D., holds a rabbit while children pet it and listen to her talk about the need to avoid rescuing healthy baby wild animals. Miller has started a social media campaign to remind people to leave baby wild animals alone. (AP Photo/Regina Garcia Cano)

    Leave baby wild animals alone, new campaign stresses

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota wildlife official is trying to combat a scene she sees several times every summer: A mom and her children show up carrying a box with holes poked in the top and a baby wild animal inside.

  • In this photo taken Wednesday May 18, 2016 wildlife biologists Evan Grant holds a type of salamander, the red-spotted newt, from Beebe Pond in Sunderland, Vt. Grant is one of many from the U.S. Geological Survey team of scientists studying salamanders across the county to determine weather a deadly fungus is infecting the species in the U.S.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    Saving salamanders: Searching for signs of a deadly fungus

    SUNDERLAND, Vt. (AP) — Holding a sandwich bag containing a squirming, Eastern red-spotted newt, Evan Grant inspects its shiny skin for signs of a killer.

  • Audit calls for formal deer management plan in Minnesota

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s legislative auditor says the Department of Natural Resources should develop a formal deer management plan that includes strategies to improve and maintain hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities.

  • State: Amberjack, gray triggerfish closures starting June 1

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is reminding anglers the 2016 recreational fishing season for greater amberjack and gray triggerfish will close in state waters on Wednesday, June 1.

  • In this April 10, 2008 file photo, a right whale peers up from the water in Cape Cod Bay near Provincetown, Mass. A mobile phone app designed to help mariners steer clear of endangered whales is growing in popularity, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it's helping keep the giant animals alive. The "Whale Alert" app provides a real-time display of the ocean and the position of the mariner's ship, along with information about where whales have been heard or seen recently. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

    Whale-finding phone app grows in use, steering mariners away

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — With summer whale watching season fast approaching, conservation advocates and government agencies who want to protect whales say a mobile app designed to help mariners steer clear of the animals is helping keep them alive.

  • In this photo taken Friday May 20, 2016, Hope, the rhino, is prepared for surgery, headed by veterinarian Gerhard Steenkamp, right, inside her pen in Bela Bela, South Africa.  A year ago, Hope survived a horrific attack by poachers who darted her and then hacked off her horns and part of her face. Since then, the mutilated rhino has had at least 16 medical procedures requiring anesthetics, testifying to her resilience and the tenacity of caregivers learning about the threatened species as they go along. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

    South African rhino endures, 1 year after horrific attack

    BELA-BELA, South Africa (AP) — “Dancing with rhinos,” the South African veterinarian joked as he supported the head of his staggering, nearly 2-ton patient, an injured rhino woozy with sedatives.

  • This Oct. 26, 2013, file photo, shows LSU's Mike the Tiger on the field before the NCAA college football game against Furman in Baton Rouge, La. Multiple animal rights groups are asking that the university stop using captive tigers as mascots Tuesday, May 24, after LSU said its mascot was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman, File)

    PETA asks LSU to stop using captive tigers as mascots

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two animal rights groups are asking that Louisiana State University stop using captive tigers as mascots a day after LSU said its mascot was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

  • DEQ: Anti-pollution work benefits St. Clair River beaches

    MARYSVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Environmental officials say efforts to deal with pollution that for years prompted beach closings along the St. Clair River are paying off.