Associated Press

Shreds of aluminum cans alarm Lake Superior beach residents

DULUTH, Minn. — In the past few months, people who live along Duluth’s Park Point have been picking up shredded aluminum cans – by the bagful – on the neighborhood’s Lake Superior beach. The metal fragments were inadvertently deposited there last fall, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredged sediment from the harbor to help build back the eroding…

Study: Wildfires produce up to half of pollution in U.S. West

Large wildfires can churn out plumes of smoke thick with microscopic pollution particles that can reportedly drift hundreds or even thousands of miles. (Photo by Katie Goodwin/USFWS) BILLINGS, Mont. — Wildfire smoke accounted for up to half of all health-damaging small particle air pollution in the western U.S. in recent years as warming temperatures fueled more destructive blazes, according to…

Taxidermists hope to share love of hunting in their art

(taxidermy.net photo)DUBUQUE, Iowa — Branden Post quickly but carefully cut away the skin from a deer head using a scalpel at his taxidermy studio in Dubuque. Tools of his trade filled the room set up at his house – forms in the shape of different game, tables laden with animal skulls, fish hanging from a shelf. “I do this for…

Trump administration scales back wild bird protections

(USFWS)BILLINGS, Mont. — The Trump administration recently finalized changes that weaken the government’s enforcement powers under a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species, brushing aside warnings that billions of birds could die as a result. Federal wildlife officials have acknowledged the move could result in more deaths of birds such as those that land in oil pits or…