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These elephants sleep only two hours a day, and scientists have no clue how they do it

Parents of infants, college students during finals season and the White House press corps should stand back in awe. A new champion non-sleeper has been crowned: Loxodontaafricana, the African elephant.


Feds kill wolf on private land with cyanide trap

Officials say a gray wolf was unintentionally killed in rural northeast Oregon by a cyanide device used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Boise falcon nest cam goes dark, but kestrel cam planned

Officials say there will be no live streaming video of peregrine falcons nesting in downtown Boise this year.


Cannons, lasers, drones: New hope to save birds at toxic pit

After thousands of snow geese died in the toxic water of a former open-pit mine in Montana last fall, the companies responsible for the pit are bringing out the big …


Nearly 1,000 Yellowstone bison killed this season

Wildlife officials estimate nearly 1,000 Yellowstone National Park bison have been killed this season.


Out & About: Photographer calls owl baiting unethical fakery

A Minnesota wildlife photographer is leading an effort to curb the practice of baiting wintering owls in order to get photos or video of birds as they “hunt.”


Field Reports: Mountain biking group backs Scotchman wilderness

A North Idaho mountain biking club has detoured from the generally position of cyclists to endorse a proposed wilderness.


Recovering trumpeter swan dies in surgery, hunter charged

A young trumpeter swan died while undergoing a second surgery after being shot by a hunter in Lake County. The Bend Bulletin reports that the bird named Hope had been …


Oregon lawmaker wants osprey to be new state bird

An Oregon lawmaker says the current state bird is unoriginal, and instead wants to replace it. The Statesman Journal reports that state Sen. Fred Girod sponsored a resolution to replace …


Two bald eagles released in Pacific Northwest after rehab

A cold and steady rain fell Tuesday afternoon at McKay Creek National Wildlife Refuge, where Lynn Tompkins and Samantha Castoldi arrived with two bald eagles in plastic carriers.


Officials plan capture of wild horses in central Idaho

Federal officials say they plan to capture 150 wild horses starting later this month in central Idaho near Challis and remove about 50 for adoption. The U.S. Bureau of Land …


Second orange alligator pops up in the Carolinas

For the second time this month, a rust-colored alligator has turned up in the Carolinas.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 1:11 p.m.

Special delivery: US-born panda cub Bao Bao bound for China

The National Zoo is packing up its American-born panda cub Bao Bao for a one-way flight to China, where the 3-year-old will eventually join a panda breeding program.


Out & About: Swan, crane festivals celebrate migrations

OUTCOMING – The recent weather melt off makes spring bird migrations easier to fathom. Birds already are shifting gears in the hemisphere and some will be flying through this region …


Field Reports: Montana seeks $11 million to combat invasive species

To increase its fight against aquatic invasive species Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is requesting an additional $11.5 million from the Montana Legislature over the next two years.


Snow delays Oregon wolf count, management plan update

Heavy snow in Oregon in recent months has caused problems for wildlife officials in charge of tracking the state’s wolf population.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 5:31 p.m.

Endangered Species Act may be heading for the threatened list

A Senate hearing to “modernize the Endangered Species Act” unfolded Wednesday just as supporters of the law had feared, with round after round of criticism from Republican lawmakers.


Plan for grizzlies in North Cascades draws mixed reactions

A federal proposal to return grizzly bears to the North Cascades drew mixed reaction in Cle Elum, where the first in a series of meetings was held this week. U.S. …


Bison, cars endangered by deep snow in Wyoming’s Grand Teton

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – Unusually deep snow in Grand Teton National Park has made life dangerous for bison lumbering on the park’s only plowed highway and for motorists traveling the …


Oregon proposal could allow public to hunt ‘problem’ wolves

Oregon wildlife officials have long maintained that no hunting season is planned for the state’s wolf population, even as the number of wolves in state continues to grow.


Feds seeking input on North Cascades grizzly bear plan

Federal officials want residents to weigh in on their proposals to restore the population of grizzly bears to the rugged landscape of the North Cascades in Washington.


More than 200 whales swim away after New Zealand stranding

Whale lovers in New Zealand finally got some good news after more than 200 stranded whales managed to refloat themselves overnight and swim away, while volunteers managed to save another …


Researchers: Warm Pacific water led to vast seabird die-off

A year after tens of thousands of common murres, an abundant North Pacific seabird, starved and washed ashore on beaches from California to Alaska, researchers have pinned the cause to …


Packy, Oregon’s beloved elephant, dies at 54

Packy, the Asian elephant who drew international attention when he was born, including an 11-page spread in Life magazine, died Thursday at the Oregon Zoo. He was 54. Packy was …


Deer runs amok inside supermarket, gets wrangled by shoppers

Pandemonium broke out at a southern Pennsylvania supermarket when a rogue deer smashed through its glass entrance and briefly ran amok.


Too much self-tanning lotion? Orange gator puzzles residents

No one seems to know why there’s an orange alligator in a pond near Charleston. Residents joke the gator used too much self-tanning lotion. Or maybe it’s a fan of …


Oregon farm sues over deadly mink feed

A lawsuit filed by an Oregon farm says animal feed tainted with botulism killed 11,000 of its mink, resulting in a loss of $2.8 million.


East Idaho town allows young moose to stay for winter

Idaho wildlife officials have decided to allow a young moose to live in a small community near the Idaho/Utah border in hopes of helping it survive winter.


Liberty and Justice are expecting; Egg in D.C. bald eagle nest

One of Washington, D.C.’s three bald eagle couples is waiting for an egg to hatch. The city announced Monday that an egg recently appeared in the nest of a mating …


Coyotes removed from Chicago park after residents fed them, let them play with pets

Two coyotes were removed from a park on Chicago’s North Side after people began feeding them and letting them play with their dogs, according to an email from the alderman …