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Auburn bass fishing team suspended for COVID violations

Auburn’s team is one of the country’s top-ranked programs. Several former members have gone on to compete in professional bass fishing competitions.Auburn University has suspended the school’s bass fishing team over allegations that it repeatedly violated COVID-19 policies. A memo to team members says the suspension is for the rest of this year, Al.com reported. The team violated the travel…

City known for motorcycle rally mulling man-made lake

STURGIS, S.D. — A man-made lake with amenities for all ages could be coming to Sturgis. It all began when the city began discussing some sort of outdoor aquatics venue within the city. The city made a call for citizens to serve on a committee to discuss a splashpad. But it was evident early on that committee members did not…

More birders sighted in Central Park this spring migration

The pandemic, which shut so many people inside their homes, has led to an increased appreciation of nature in general, and of outdoor activities like hiking, gardening and birding at locations across the county.NEW YORK — This spring, longtime Central Park birder and naturalist Gabriel Willow is feeling a little less nervous than he did a year ago. Standing on…

Coyote that attacked 5 people in Bay Area captured, killed

MORAGA, Calif. — A coyote that attacked five people, including a 3-year-old girl, in the San Francisco Bay Area was captured and euthanized, wildlife officials said Friday. The coyote was captured and killed Thursday, “very close to one of the attack sites,” Fish and Wildlife Capt. Patrick Foy told the San Francisco Chronicle. DNA results later confirmed it was the…

Wildlife hit hard during Southern freeze

Biologists are concerned about monarch butterflies, which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in December designated as a candidate for endangered or threatened status because of a sharp decline in recent decades.DALLAS — As many people in the southern U.S. hosted neighbors who had no heat or water during the vicious February storm and deep freeze, Kate Rugroden provided a…