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Come sunshine, rain or snow, the Mt. Spokane equestrian team will be ready to ride

It was a chilly night in the barn Monday and the horses of students from the Mt. Spokane High School Equestrian Team made their way through an obstacle course with …


Feature creature: L.A.

LA is a great gal with lots of energy. LA enjoys playing with toys and is food motivated. She will need an active home that keeps her engaged and provides …


Unsung heroes, animals played vital and varied roles in WWI

They were messengers, spies and sentinels. They led cavalry charges, carried supplies to the front, comforted wounded soldiers and died by the millions during World War I.


Ask Dr. Universe: What would happen if we had three hearts and one of them stopped?

It’s hard to say exactly what would happen if you had three hearts and one of them stopped. Humans have just one heart, so we have no experience with this. …


Man kills dog that Washington family got after Vegas shooting

A Washington state family is mourning after a neighbor shot and killed their dog – a Labradoodle they got to help deal with stress and anxiety following last year’s mass …


Inmates are training dogs at Airway Heights prison and helping themselves along the way

Dog training program at Airway Heights Corrections Center brings positive changes for inmates and shelter dogs.


Swift foxes, considered locally extinct for decades in Montana, are making a comeback

Tiny, shy and nocturnal, swift foxes have stealthily invaded pockets of Montana where they haven’t been seen for almost a century. Or maybe folks just weren’t looking for them and …


UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018, 11:45 p.m.

Paul Turner: Of backyard magpies, raccoons, moose … and eagles?

Anyone seen a pterodactyl in Browne’s Addition? Or maybe just a moose?


4 hospitalized after Pamplona’s running of the bulls

A man who was gored and three others who were trampled in the first running of the bulls of this year’s San Fermin festival were hospitalized Saturday, officials in the …


UPDATED: Sat., June 30, 2018, 9:24 p.m.

Dead bat found in Chelan; rabies warning issued

Health officials are concerned someone may have touched a bat found dead Thursday near the playground at Don Morse Park.


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 10:29 p.m.

Spokane Valley Fire Department gets oxygen masks for pets

The Spokane Valley Fire Department got new lifesaving equipment for the dogs and cats of Spokane Valley Wednesday.


Trump defends describing MS-13 gang members as ‘animals’

Describing gang violence inflicted by MS-13 members in chilling and gruesome detail, President Donald Trump vowed Wednesday to make “radical” changes to U.S. aid practices by withholding government assistance from …


UPDATED: Fri., May 18, 2018, 9:19 p.m.

‘Animals’? Trump says he’ll keep using term for gang members

President Donald Trump is defending his use of the word “animals” to describe some immigrants who enter the country illegally, saying he would continue to use the term to refer …


Trump draws rebuke for ‘animal’ remark at immigration talk

While railing against California for its so-called sanctuary immigration policies, President Donald Trump referred to some people who cross the border illegally as “animals” – drawing a sharp rebuke from …


Yellowstone launches program to establish new bison herds

Yellowstone National Park is launching a new program to capture and quarantine wild bison with the goal of establishing new, disease-free herds across the nation, park officials said Tuesday.


Dozens more charges filed in wildlife poaching ring probe

Prosecutors in Oregon have filed more than a hundred charges in an investigation of wildlife poaching that has spanned state lines and allegedly left dozens of animals shot illegally and …


Sloths, lizards, anteater in limbo after sanctuary seizures

The owners of an Oregon-based private wildlife center are petitioning to get their exotic animals back after Olympia animal control officers seized them a few weeks ago.


UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018, 11:55 a.m.

N. Atlantic right whales will be extinct in 25 years, scientists say – unless we act now to save them

For years, spring has signaled the return of North Atlantic right whales – one of Earth’s most endangered species – to Cape Cod Bay. But lately the imperiled animals have …


Low-cost vet clinic at Union Gospel Mission keeps animals healthy and owners happy

Pets can help calm their owners and reduce stress. That can be key for people who are living in poverty, say volunteers who run a low-cost vet clinic out of …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 11, 2018, 9:22 p.m.

Researcher tells of surprises discovered about cougars

Cougars are far more social than previously thought, a Sequim scientist told a Peninsula College audience.


Puppy to fill void left by Albany hospice therapy dog

Ember the golden retriever may never have as many friends, Facebook followers or book deals as JJ, her predecessor at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 10:06 a.m.

SpokAnimal to close East Central veterinary clinic

During difficult financial times for the nonprofit organization, SpokAnimal C.A.R.E. has announced plans to shut down its veterinary clinic in Spokane’s East Central neighborhood.


Shawn Vestal: When cows were the cornerstone of income inequality

One of the earliest and most potent forces dividing the haves and have-nots may have pretty humble roots: the agricultural beast of burden.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 10:23 p.m.

Group wants lethal traps banned in Idaho wolverine habitat

An environmental group has asked Idaho officials to prosecute a trapper who killed a wolverine and ban lethal traps in areas inhabited by wolverines, but state officials say they will …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Feds to pause killing of beavers after threat of lawsuit

The U.S. government will temporarily stop killing beavers in Oregon after environmental groups threatened a lawsuit alleging the practice reduces the number of dams that create deep pools that are …


Wildfire burns beloved burros in South Dakota’s Custer park

Nine burros that are a favorite of visitors to South Dakota’s Custer State Park have been burned in a wildfire and it’s not known if all of them will survive, …


Rarely seen badgers slow their digging frenzies as winter approaches

Badgers are native to prairies in Montana and parts of Idaho and Washington, so why are they so rarely seen?


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 7:06 a.m.

Puppy abandoned in a sealed plastic box along I-90 draws thousands of Spokane adoption inquiries

A trucker found Charlie, a 3-month-old puppy, sealed in a plastic bin near an Interstate 90 exit on Tuesday. The pup is now in the custody of SCRAPS as adoption …


Ambassadors brighten future for Scotchman Peak mountain goats

The future for mountain goats on North Idaho’s Scotchman Peak is brighter, thanks to “goat ambassadors” who have been hiking the popular trail to educate hikers on avoiding contact with …


Toledo Zoo’s 44-year-old white rhino, Sam, dies

A rhinoceros that was a longtime favorite at the Toledo Zoo has died.