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UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 19, 2020

Homes burned as winds push California fire into desert floor

JUNIPER HILLS, Calif. – Strong afternoon winds intensified a wildfire burning for nearly two weeks in mountains northeast of Los Angeles, prompting authorities to issue new evacuation orders Saturday for …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 17, 2020

Dramatic diorama raises ethical issues for Pittsburgh museum

PITTSBURGH – A Pittsburgh museum decided a dramatic diorama that has been on display for more than a century should remain out of public view while it considers ethical issues …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 15, 2020

Once near death, rescued sea turtles sent back to the ocean

A 168-pound turtle was the 50th to be released back into the ocean by Sea Turtle Recovery, a nonprofit group operating out of the Turtle Back Zoo in northern New …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 12, 2020

Smoke chokes West Coast as wildfire deaths keep climbing

SALEM – Wildfire smoke that posed a health hazard to millions choked the West Coast on Saturday as firefighters battled deadly blazes that obliterated some towns and displaced tens of …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 10, 2020

St. Louis Zoo says python laid 7 eggs without male help

Experts at the St. Louis Zoo are trying to figure out how a 62-year-old ball python laid seven eggs despite not being near a male python for at least two …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 11, 2020

African serval cat, named Spartacus, missing in NH town

A 40-pound serval cat named Spartacus that was adopted from a zoo four years ago is missing after running away from his New Hampshire home.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 10, 2020

Idaho officials seize 34 venomous snakes from Boise home

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UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 5, 2020

‘World’s loneliest elephant’ okayed to quit zoo for new life

ISLAMABAD – An elephant who has become a cause celebre for animal rights activists around the world will be allowed to leave his Pakistani zoo and transferred to better conditions, …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 4, 2020

2 grizzly bears killed after conflicts near Yellowstone

Wildlife officials in Montana have said two grizzly bears were killed this week after entering an occupied tent and an recreational vehicle storage compartment near Yellowstone National Park.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 25, 2020

Rock fall at Grand Canyon reveals ancient animal footprints

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – It’s something like a modern-day chuckwalla, strolling in sand dunes on an island in what now is the Grand Canyon region.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 26, 2020

74 days, less than 1 mile later, Tennessee turtle recovered

Associated Press


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 22, 2020

Report: Trump administration to block proposed Alaska mine

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UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 22, 2020

Habitats for endangered green sea turtles will be federally protected in Florida

MIAMI – Endangered green sea turtles will have some of their nesting beaches in Florida protected by federal agencies under a new legal agreement with conservation groups.


Sheriffs deputies develop rapport, rescue ‘cantankerous’ cat from tree

Spokane County deputies who responded to an early morning disorderly call of a female screaming about a cat in a tree, went “above and beyond” to rescue the treed cat, …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 21, 2020

Pandemic bonds people with new pets

Shelter animals adopted or fostered at the beginning of the pandemic have stayed with their new families, a trend shelter leaders say they hope will continue once COVID-19 restrictions are …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 15, 2020

Venezuelans brave open sea on tubes, fishing for survival

LA GUAIRA, Venezuela – The biggest fear is a fishhook puncturing the inner tube that keeps them afloat far from shore. Then come sharks grabbing their catch and maybe biting …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 14, 2020

U.S. allows killing sea lions eating at-risk Northwest salmon

SEATTLE – U.S. authorities on Friday gave wildlife managers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho permission to start killing hundreds of sea lions in the Columbia River basin in hopes of …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 8, 2020

Endangered Brazilian monkeys get a bridge all to themselves

RIO DE JANEIRO – The overpass juts from a forest over a four-lane highway in a rural area outside Rio de Janeiro. It’s meant for a very special sort of …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 1, 2020

First Asian giant hornet found in Washington state trap

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UPDATED: Fri., July 31, 2020

Rhode Island boy digs up massive 2 1/2-pound mollusk

An 11-year-old Rhode Island boy clamming with his grandfather found a giant quahog that is thought to be one of the largest ever harvested in state waters


UPDATED: Fri., July 17, 2020

Agency throws curveball in largest U.S. dam demolition plan

PORTLAND, Ore. — Federal regulators on Thursday threw a significant curveball at a coalition that has been planning for years to demolish four massive hydroelectric dams on a river along …


UPDATED: Sat., June 27, 2020

Grizzly bear attacks federal biologist in Montana

MISSOULA – A grizzly bear attacked a federal biologist during a surprise encounter at a research site in Montana’s Centennial Valley.


UPDATED: Fri., April 17, 2020

Ask Dr. Universe: Tranquilizers help veterinarians, scientists work with wild animals

Some people get nervous when they go to the doctor. Maybe you’re one of them. You might not enjoy the entire visit, but you understand the doctor wants to help …


VIRUS DIARY: In pandemic, a forlorn dog finds new purpose

“This feels like a good time to get another dog to help us get over the loss of Surfer,” the Professor announced in her FM radio-ready voice. Even though my …


Water cooler: Ponder these animal facts about the critters that keep us scratching our heads

The world is full of wonder, but that’s easy to forget when you’re stuck inside a house. Here are seven neat animal facts to remind you of all the cool, …


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.