- Red tide returns to some Florida beaches Updated: Feb-06-16 1:35 pm
NOKOMIS, Florida - Officials say a highly concentrated patch of red tide likely caused the death of hundreds of fish that washed ashore on beaches near the border of Sarasota and Charlotte counties.
- Hawaii to tackle animal rights, law enforcement, housing Updated: Feb-06-16 1:18 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers are tackling issues from animal rights to police accountability as lawmakers head into their third full week of the 2016 legislative session.
- Bulldog at home in Smyrna's Sunnyside Elementary School Updated: Feb-06-16 9:00 am
SMYRNA, Delaware - For students at Sunnyside Elementary School in Smyrna, the reward for good behavior is a puppy.
- Gabby the sea turtle picks the Broncos in Super Bowl Updated: Feb-06-16 8:51 am
MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina - Gabby the sea turtle, the so-called football expert at Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, has made her choice for the Super Bowl winner.
- Maine hunters enter final stretch for bobcats, foxes Updated: Feb-06-16 8:51 am
AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's hunters who target bobcats, foxes and a handful of other species are heading into the final weeks of the annual winter hunt.
- Columbus Zoo's polar bear cub named Nora after public vote Updated: Feb-06-16 7:00 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 3-month-old female polar bear cub at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will be named Nora.
- New Mexico couple: Woman posed as humane worker, stole dog Updated: Feb-06-16 5:05 am
RIO COMMUNITIES, New Mexico - A New Mexico couple says a woman posing as an Animal Humane employee threatened them with jail and stole one of their dogs.
- Monkey Year inspires kung fu, predictions of fire, disease Updated: Feb-06-16 4:04 am
BEIJING - The new Chinese year is the one to go bananas over. On Feb. 8, the zodiac calendar enters the Year of the Monkey - the ninth of 12 animal signs. Plastic monkeys are adorning shopping centers and office buildings, and government departments have been giving out toy monkeys.
- Manatee Lagoon opens next to Riviera Beach power plant Updated: Feb-06-16 3:01 am
RIVIERA BEACH, Florida - South Florida residents and visitors looking for manatees are likely to find them at a new viewing center built by Florida Power & Light.
- Woman killed by Phoenix-area police had popular online video Updated: Feb-06-16 12:16 am
MESA, Arizona - Police in a Phoenix suburb shot and killed a knife-wielding woman whose struggles with Asperger's syndrome went viral last year when she posted an online video showing her service dog comforting her.
- Critics dispute plans to change Rollover Pass near Galveston Updated: Feb-05-16 6:54 pm
GALVESTON, Texas - A coalition led by owners of property that includes Rollover Pass and land on either side of the man-made channel connecting East Galveston Bay to the Gulf of Mexico says it is prepared to fight a last-ditch legal battle to prevent the state from closing and filling what has been a hugely popular public fishing site and the focus of environmental, economic and public safety concerns since it was created more than 60 years ago.
- Dubuque library requests funds for dog to sniff out bedbugs Updated: Feb-05-16 5:20 pm
DUBUQUE, Iowa - Dubuque officials have asked for increased funding to continue bringing a dog to sniff out bedbugs at a public library.
- Veterinarian agrees to forfeit license amid abuse claims Updated: Feb-05-16 4:54 pm
PINE VILLAGE, Indiana - A northwestern Indiana veterinarian who denies allegations that she kicked barking dogs and abused them in other ways has agreed to surrender her state licenses and close her practice.
- Judge denies bid to halt Yellowstone bison slaughter Updated: Feb-05-16 3:56 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - A federal judge has denied a request to halt the planned capture and slaughter of bison migrating from Yellowstone National Park.
- New Mexico succeeds in legal fight to bar horse slaughter Updated: Feb-05-16 3:49 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A court decision will prevent a horse slaughter operation from opening in New Mexico after the state's lengthy legal battle.
- 3 charged, 1 warning issued after deer beaten in Arkansas Updated: Feb-05-16 3:05 pm
STUTTGART, Arkansas - A Georgia man accused of beating a deer with an accounting textbook after it had been hit along an Arkansas highway has been charged with a misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals and wasting wildlife and set for a court appearance later this month.
- Wildlife officials to feed elk to keep them off roads Updated: Feb-05-16 1:08 pm
BELLEVUE, Idaho - The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is feeding elk in four areas of south-central Idaho in hopes of keeping them off roadways and away from hay stacks and cattle operations.
- Fishermen anticipate cloudy conditions for sturgeon season Updated: Feb-05-16 12:55 pm
OSHKOSH, Wisconsin - The upcoming sturgeon spearing season in Wisconsin could be frustrating for participants who are expected to encounter murky water in Lake Winnebago and upriver lakes, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.
- Tucson Rodeo to continue as planned despite equine herpes Updated: Feb-05-16 10:58 am
TUCSON, Arizona - Officials with the Tucson Rodeo say the festivities will go forward as planned despite a herpes outbreak spreading through Tuft Paradise racetrack.
- Scientists turn to drones to count growing seal colonies Updated: Feb-05-16 10:50 am
On a remote island off of Nantucket, scientists are using a tool most commonly associated with war and surveillance to get a look at fuzzy baby seals.
- Police: Facebook helped track down snake thief Updated: Feb-05-16 8:28 am
FESTUS, Missouri - A St. Louis-area man is accused of stealing a Brazilian rainbow boa constrictor from a pet store, then losing it inside a Lowe's home improvement store.
- Wichita police find puppy mill, rescue nearly 20 dogs Updated: Feb-05-16 7:54 am
WICHITA, Kansas - Wichita police have seized 20 pit bulls from what they called a puppy mill.
- Cops: 5 dead horses found on veterinarian's property Updated: Feb-05-16 7:05 am
PALMERTON, Pennsylvania - Two people including an eastern Pennsylvania veterinarian have been accused of abusing animals after police say five dead horses were found along with other unhealthy animals.
- Zoo workers cruise to Antarctica before penguin center opens Updated: Feb-05-16 6:13 am
ROYAL OAK, Michigan - Eighteen Detroit Zoo employees are on a privately funded cruise to Antarctica this week ahead of the opening of the zoo's new $29.5 million Polk Penguin Conservation Center.
- Officials: Pets shouldn't be given unfiltered Flint water Updated: Feb-05-16 5:29 am
FLINT, Michigan - Officials are reminding people to make sure pets aren't drinking unfiltered Flint tap water after two area dogs tested positive for lead toxicity in recent months.