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An 11-month-old, 80-pound cougar was removed from an apartment in the Bronx borough of New York, where she was being kept illegally as a pet, animal welfare officials said Monday. The cougar, nicknamed Sasha, spent the weekend at the Bronx Zoo receiving veterinary care and is now headed to the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas, officials said.

Cougar that was kept as illegal pet removed from NYC home

An 11-month-old, 80-pound cougar was removed from an apartment in the Bronx borough of New York, where she was being kept illegally as a pet, animal welfare officials said Monday. The cougar, nicknamed Sasha, spent the weekend at the Bronx Zoo receiving veterinary care and is now headed to the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas, officials said.

August 30, 2021, 3:33pm Nation & World

NEW YORK (AP) — An 80-pound cougar was removed from a New York City apartment where she was being kept illegally as a pet, animal welfare officials said Monday. Read story

SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team specialists Becca Downey (left) and Ashley Killo feed the two babies in the Manatee Rehabilitation Area of the park?s backstage Rescue Center, photographed Thursday, August 5, 2021. In July, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) reported 866 manatee deaths so far in 2021 ?? the highest death toll ever recorded in the state in a single year.

What’s causing the worst die-off of manatees? Starvation from Florida ecosystem collapse

SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team specialists Becca Downey (left) and Ashley Killo feed the two babies in the Manatee Rehabilitation Area of the park?s backstage Rescue Center, photographed Thursday, August 5, 2021. In July, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) reported 866 manatee deaths so far in 2021 ?? the highest death toll ever recorded in the state in a single year.

August 29, 2021, 2:00pm Nation & World

ORLANDO, Fla. — Manatee deaths reported in the past half-century include nearly 5,000 from boat strikes, water structures and red tides. Read story

FILE - This undated file photo shows a wolverine in Montana's Glacier National Park. Researchers are working on a plan to study wolverines in four Rocky Mountain states in the winter of 2016 to see if the animals can be reintroduced to some regions to boost their numbers and see how they might travel between mountain ranges. A researcher for Montana's wildlife agency says that state, Idaho, Wyoming and Washington are working together because there are so few wolverines and they are spread across a wide area.

2nd wolverine family spotted at Mount Rainier National Park

FILE - This undated file photo shows a wolverine in Montana's Glacier National Park. Researchers are working on a plan to study wolverines in four Rocky Mountain states in the winter of 2016 to see if the animals can be reintroduced to some regions to boost their numbers and see how they might travel between mountain ranges. A researcher for Montana's wildlife agency says that state, Idaho, Wyoming and Washington are working together because there are so few wolverines and they are spread across a wide area.

August 29, 2021, 6:00am Northwest

CENTRALIA — A second litter of wolverine offspring has been born in the Mount Rainier National Park, park officials and the Cascades Carnivore Project confirmed on Tuesday. Read story

A beluga whale is lifted from a transport truck after arriving at Mystic Aquarium on May 15 in Mystic, Conn. The aquarium says a second of the five beluga whales it imported in May from a marine park in Canada is in failing health.

2nd beluga in poor health at Connecticut aquarium

A beluga whale is lifted from a transport truck after arriving at Mystic Aquarium on May 15 in Mystic, Conn. The aquarium says a second of the five beluga whales it imported in May from a marine park in Canada is in failing health.

August 27, 2021, 6:00am Life

Mystic Aquarium says a second of the five beluga whales it imported in May from a marine park in Canada is in failing health. Read story

Stanley, in a wearable cat carrier, tags along on the Wedge Cat Tour with his owner, Courtney Burgess, on Aug. 4 in the Wedge neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Activist’s cat tour purr-fect commentary on zoning

Stanley, in a wearable cat carrier, tags along on the Wedge Cat Tour with his owner, Courtney Burgess, on Aug. 4 in the Wedge neighborhood of Minneapolis.

August 27, 2021, 6:00am Pets & Wildlife

MINNEAPOLIS — On a warm Saturday in July 2019, a 911 caller reported a disturbance at 24th and Colfax in south Minneapolis: a group of 100-some people in the street, not letting vehicles pass. Read story

UK animal charity staff caught up in deadly Kabul blast

August 26, 2021, 9:12am Nation & World

LONDON — A former Royal Marine who runs an animal charity in Afghanistan said Thursday that he, his Afghan staff and dozens of dogs and cats were caught in the chaotic aftermath of a suicide attack outside Kabul’s airport as they sought to get a flight out of the country… Read story

Feds eye new rules to protect right whales from fishing gear

August 25, 2021, 8:18am Nation & World

PORTLAND, Maine — Federal ocean regulators are considering new rules to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from fishing gear. Read story

Scientists walk with locals as they collect plant samples to extract its DNA as part of the Barcode Galapagos project in the island of San Cristobal, Galapagos, Ecuador, Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. The  Barcode Galapagos project trains and pays locals to be "citizen scientists" in an effort to catalogue the genetic code of more plants, animals and microorganisms in the Galapagos.

Local citizen scientists map genetics of Darwin’s Galapagos

Scientists walk with locals as they collect plant samples to extract its DNA as part of the Barcode Galapagos project in the island of San Cristobal, Galapagos, Ecuador, Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. The  Barcode Galapagos project trains and pays locals to be "citizen scientists" in an effort to catalogue the genetic code of more plants, animals and microorganisms in the Galapagos.

August 24, 2021, 2:16pm Nation & World

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND, Galapagos — Five months into the pandemic, things were getting desperate for Robin Betancourt, The tourists he depended upon as a boat captain were unable to visit the Galapagos Islands, whose isolation — 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) from the mainland — makes alternative employment hard to find. Read story

Consumer advocates say be on alert for scam potential: The Better Business Bureau is seeing ???multiple reports of a tempting scam that appears to be a friendly family looking for a pet sitter.??? But it could actually be an attempt to mine your personal information and drain your bank account.

Does a big bucks pet-sitting job sound too good to be true? Scam alert!

Consumer advocates say be on alert for scam potential: The Better Business Bureau is seeing ???multiple reports of a tempting scam that appears to be a friendly family looking for a pet sitter.??? But it could actually be an attempt to mine your personal information and drain your bank account.

August 22, 2021, 6:05am Business

TAMPA, Fla. — You’re a college kid in need of a part-time job when a really tempting offer appears in your inbox. Read story

In this March 18, 2015, photo provided by SeaWorld, Amaya, a 6-year-old female orca, swims a the park. Amaya died unexpectedly on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, with her animal care specialists by her side in San Diego, Calif. The cause of death will not be known until the results of a post-mortem examination are complete, which may take several weeks.

Killer whale dies suddenly at SeaWorld San Diego

In this March 18, 2015, photo provided by SeaWorld, Amaya, a 6-year-old female orca, swims a the park. Amaya died unexpectedly on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, with her animal care specialists by her side in San Diego, Calif. The cause of death will not be known until the results of a post-mortem examination are complete, which may take several weeks.

August 20, 2021, 3:06pm Life

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A killer whale died unexpectedly at SeaWorld San Diego and the reason was not immediately known, the aquarium and theme park said Friday. Read story