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100 years ago in Spokane: Missing cat prompts fears of gruesome business

A woman reported that her Angora cat was missing, and that its skin appeared on the wall of a local furrier.


UPDATED: Fri., March 20, 2020

Local animal shelters need emergency foster families as they prepare for possible shutdowns

As more government offices close their door due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SCRAPS is asking the public to consider fostering an animal in case the shelter has to close its …


Solving the thorny problem of mixing bighorn sheep and backcountry skiers

It turns out the Teton Range bighorn sheep don’t like people much.


‘I think this is a huge victory’: Ruling in Argentina opens door to granting apes personhood

A legal decision in Argentina, plus ongoing litigation in the United States, has given advocates for the rights of primates hope that the rights of nonhuman primates could improve.


Free class focuses on autumn wings, woodpeckers, wildfires

A nonprofit dedicated to getting kids outside is offering a free class on Oct. 5.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019

Cat Tales founder, who turned his Colbert home into zoo for rescued animals, dies at 72

Family, staff, students and furry friends of the Cat Tales Zoological Park remember Mike Wyche for his selfless love of animals, larger than life personality and constant jokes. Wyche, whose …


Airlines can’t bar pit bulls or other breeds from cabins, feds say

A month after a flight attendant was bitten by an emotional support animal, the U.S. Department of Transportation told the airline industry Thursday that carriers can’t bar certain dog breeds …


Reader photo: Coyote shedding

Photographer David Sams took this photo of a coyote Monday morning at Riverside State Park. The coyote is still in the process of shedding its winter coat, Sams said.


UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019

Cougar attacks child in Leavenworth; boy’s dogs drive big cat off

A cougar attacked a child Saturday evening in a city park in Leavenworth, Wash. The boy’s two dogs fought the cougar, eventually running the big cat off. The boy suffered …


So many bills, so little time and space to report them

A quick review of some new laws that may have been overshadowed or lost in the crush of the final days.


Whitworth students agree: Airway Heights prison’s dog training program is a net positive for all involved

Whitworth University junior Hannah Stafford had never met a prison inmate before. Especially not one whose job it is to train and rehabilitate rescue dogs inside the high, razor sharp …


UPDATED: Mon., April 29, 2019

Giraffes a tentative step closer toward federal protections

Years after international watchdogs began warning that giraffes are sliding toward a silent extinction, the Trump administration is taking the first tentative steps toward protecting the world’s tallest land animal …


UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019

Video captures father and son brutally kill a bear and her cubs

Nearly a year ago, a shirtless man and his father, also shirtless except for a black vest, stalked through the wilderness on Esther Island in Prince William Sound, Alaska. They …


Expert tracker offering class Saturday

Expert tracker and wildlife researcher Brian Baxter will teach an animal tracking class Saturday in Sandpoint.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019

New pen may allow sale of wild horses for slaughter

The U.S. Forest Service has built a new corral for wild horses in California, which could allow it to bypass federal restrictions and sell the animals for slaughter. The agency …


Arkansas deputy fired after shooting small barking dog

An Arkansas sheriff’s deputy was fired after shooting a barking Chihuahua in the head Friday, an incident officials labeled “disheartening.”


Feature Creature: Clyde

Clyde, a brindle and white pit bull terrier, was found and brought to the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service. Clyde is “a great guy that is happy and playful …


Clausen-Simmons corrals championship at Arabian Nationals

You could almost say that Christine Clausen-Simmons was born on a horse. After decades of riding and showing, she and her horse Just Like Fire CF just took home several …


Front Porch: Giving thanks for one spotted pup

When giving thanks this time of year, the big things come to mind – good health, the safety of loved ones, a happy marriage. But sometimes, it can be for …


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

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

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

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.