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Ducks, stuck, loose: Police rescue 3 ducklings from grate

(Photo by Brian Peterson)NEW YORK — A mother duck and her nine babies were crossing a New York City street when three ducklings fell through a storm grate and had to be retrieved by police. The news site Gothamist reports that the rescue happened Sunday in the bustling Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope. Witness Lynn Harris says the mother duck…

Women’s hunting groups growing in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho — At the turnoff toward Forest Service road 377, a fluorescent pink sign trimmed in zebra-print tape announced “Women Only Weekend” in 2-inch-tall capital letters. A short drive up the road, more than a dozen women donned hard hats, slung Pulaskis and saws over their shoulders and headed out on the overgrown Cottonwood Trail about 30 miles east…

Pathogen that causes tree-killing disease found in Illinois

Experts say sudden oak death poses no threats to humans, animals or food sources. (Ohio DNR Division of Forestry/Ohio DNR)SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A plant pathogen that causes an invasive tree-killing disease has been found in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Agriculture says the pathogen that causes sudden oak death has been confirmed in ornamental plants at 10 Walmart stores and…

Bowfishing world record? South Dakota men bag massive channel catfish

A channel catfish like this one is getting a lot of attention in South Dakota.RAPID CITY, S.D. — Two South Dakota men have bagged what the Bowfishing Association of America is calling a new world-record channel catfish. The Rapid City Journal reports 19-year-old Cody Sechser and 18-year-old Isaac Kipp of Montrose were bowfishing on Skunk Creek 10 miles north of…