In brief: New charges in animal abuse case
A woman who was on probation for keeping animals in unsafe conditions was charged Friday with new violations, animal control officials said.
Wilma L. Turner, 63, was charged with second-degree animal cruelty and keeping breeding dogs in unsanitary conditions after Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service officers inspected Iron Horse Kennel in the Newman Lake area, the agency said in a news release.
Turner was on probation for similar violations when SCRAPS officers responded Friday to a complaint of a dehydrated and emaciated puppy purchased from Iron Horse. They found dogs in filthy kennels with water buckets contaminated with algae, the release said.
Turner had been arrested in 2010 and almost 40 dogs were seized from her breeding operation in unhealthy condition, according to news archives.
Mont. judge blocks wolverine trapping
BILLINGS – A Montana judge has issued a last-minute restraining order blocking a trapping season for the fierce but imperiled wolverine that had been set to start today.
District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock said Friday that potential damage to the rare species’ population outweighed the loss of any recreational trapping opportunities.
Montana is the only state in the Lower 48 that allows wolverine trapping, with an annual quota of five animals.
Conservation groups had sued Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks in October to halt the practice. They cited a federal government finding that says climate change may threaten the predators’ long-term survival.
There are an estimated 250 to 300 wolverines in the Lower 48. Most are in Montana and Idaho, but some have ranged into Washington, Oregon, California, Wyoming and Colorado.
Elephant delivers calf at Oregon Zoo
PORTLAND – The Oregon Zoo says its Asian elephant Rose-Tu has given birth to a 300-pound female calf.
The zoo said the birth came at 2:17 a.m. Friday, and the youngster is healthy, vigorous and loud.
Said zoo Director Kim Smith: “She’s definitely got a great set of pipes.”
The zoo said the newborn has begun nursing. She won’t go public until Rose-Tu has established a maternal bond and the calf is comfortable with staff members and she has a chance to bond with the rest of the herd.
A name is to be chosen through an online vote.
The calf is Rose-Tu’s second and the zoo’s 28th, beginning with Packy in 1962.
Rose-Tu became pregnant 21 months ago by Tusko, also the sire of her first-born, a male named Samudra.
Coal train meeting draws large turnout
FERNDALE, Wash. – It was the green shirts versus the red shirts at a public meeting Thursday in Ferndale to take public comment on a proposed coal export terminal at Cherry Point.
Many union members were among the supporters wearing green “Let’s get to work” shirts.
The Bellingham Herald reported opponents wore red “Power past coal” shirts.
Supporters say the $600 million project proposed by SSA Marine of Seattle would boost the local economy. Opponents worry about train traffic, coal dust and the environmental risk.
The Gateway Pacific Project is the biggest of a half-dozen proposed terminals in the Northwest to ship coal from Montana and Wyoming to Asia.
Other public comment meetings on the Cherry Point project are Dec. 4 in Spokane, Dec. 12 in Vancouver, Wash., and Dec. 13 in Seattle.
Zoo’s 60-year-old chimp euthanized
PORTLAND – Oregon Zoo officials say Coco the chimpanzee has been euthanized. She was believed to be about 60 years old.
The zoo’s Hova Najarian said Friday that Coco was the oldest animal at the Portland facility.
Primate curator Jennifer Davis said the chimp suffered a debilitating medical issue earlier in the week and the most humane option was to euthanize her.
Coco’s actual birthdate was not known. She was donated to the zoo in 1961. She is survived at the zoo by two of her daughters.