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Stories tagged: animals

Pet stocks beat the market as animal owners open their wallets

The Pet Passion index, a tracker created by Motif Investing that follows pet-related companies, has returned 19 percent over the past year as of Thursday’s stock-market close, sprinting well ahead …

Oregon authorities kill 2 wolves after cattle attacks

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife authorities shot and killed two adult wolves in response to multiple attacks on cattle grazing in northeast Oregon.

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 6, 2017

Growing bear population means thousands more teeth to sort

The growing population of black bears in the United States has scientists sorting through thousands more teeth to get a handle on the health of America’s bruins.

Yellowstone to create temporary bison quarantine facility

Yellowstone National Park has decided to convert part of its bison trap into a temporary brucellosis quarantine facility.

Hikers getting too friendly with Scotchman Peak mountain goats

Mountain goats are icons on Scotchman Peak, luring hikers up the 3.5-mile trail northeast of Clark Fork, Idaho, to be in the realm of the usually docile white-coated animals overlooking …

UPDATED: Sun., July 23, 2017

Downward goat? Montana yoga class incorporates farm animal into experience

Robin Goldberg, a placid, soft-spoken yoga instructor from Whitefish, sets down a towel and places a small piece of paper at the head of it.

Humane Society makes a summer plea for help

It was a typical day Thursday at the Whitman County Humane Society in Pullman – dogs barked, rats paced, cats meowed. The only thing missing was a human volunteer.

Oregon panel to decide whether 4 dogs get death penalty

Commissioners in an Oregon county must decide the fates of four dogs that seriously injured a 10-year-old girl.

No monkeying around: Appeals court weighs if animal owns its selfies

A curious monkey with a toothy grin and a knack for pressing a camera button was back in the spotlight Wednesday as a federal appeals court heard arguments on whether …

UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017

Stray bullet kills camel in Oregon animal rehab center

An Oregon perseveration center says a camel has died after being injured in a southwestern Oregon shooting last week.

Idaho Fish and Game trains dogs to track wildlife, people

Idaho is beginning to embrace the concept of pairing state Department of Fish and Game conservation officers with service dogs.

Montana’s wolf specialist marvels at carnivore’s recovery

In 1979, Diane Boyd left her native Minnesota and headed west to begin tracking the first radio-collared gray wolf from Canada to recolonize the Western U.S., where humans had effectively …

Clarksville: Frank the fearless bunny

Submitted for your befuddlement, a hare-raising tale about a confused critter named Frank.

UPDATED: Mon., July 3, 2017

Scientists baffled by strange sea creatures near Alaska

Strange sea creatures that resemble large pink thimbles are showing up on the coast of southeast Alaska for the first time after making their way north along the West Coast …

Vietnam buffalo fight suspended after animal kills owner

A traditional water buffalo fight in northern Vietnam was suspended after an animal attacked and killed its owner, in the first human fatality since the sport resumed after the Vietnam …

This bizarre ancient creature mystified Darwin; now we finally know what it was

The Macrauchenia patachonica is neither a llama nor a horse, nor an elephant, a new analysis of its fossils shows. What exactly this creature was puzzled scientists, including the father …

Officer shoots dog at Rainbow Family festival in Oregon

A U.S. Forest Service officer shot and killed a pit bull at the Rainbow Family gathering in Eastern Oregon.

Portland woman breaks into hot Mercedes to rescue dog

A Portland woman says she used a car jack to break a window after spotting a dog stuck inside of a Mercedes in 89 degree- weather with little air.

UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017

Five rare Barbary lion cubs go on show at zoo in Germany

Five rare Barbary lion cubs have been shown to the public for the first time at a zoo in southwestern Germany, delighting visitors as they clumsily plodded through their enclosure.

Light pollution: Glacier, Waterton parks seek friendlier skies for critters

The stars are shining brighter and the glare of lights is a little less disorienting to creatures of the night in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park this year.

UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017

U.S. officials to lift Yellowstone grizzly bear protections

Protections that have been in place for more than 40 years for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area will be lifted this summer after U.S. government officials ruled …

Police: 84 neglected Great Danes seized, most from mansion

Police and animal welfare workers in New Hampshire say they’ve seized 84 neglected Great Danes, most of them from an eight-bedroom mansion that had floors covered with feces.

Leave nature to care for its own, wildlife biologists say

As more people head outdoors to enjoy spring weather, they’re entering nature’s nurseries where it’s best to leave the babies be. Last week, for example, a male whitetail fawn was …

4 months, 3 cancer cases, 2 animal deaths at Zoo Boise

Creatures at Zoo Boise get yearly wellness checks and, like humans, cancer is a particular scourge.

UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017

Wild horses could be sold for slaughter in Trump budget plan

PALOMINO VALLEY, Nev. – President Donald Trump’s budget proposal calls for saving $10 million next year by selling wild horses captured throughout the U.S. West without the requirement that buyers …

Authorities find about 170 neglected chickens at Idaho house

Idaho deputies who had been searching a house on a warrant for a zoning issue found about 170 neglected chickens at the residence.

UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017

Conservation groups move to halt wildlife killing by feds

A group of conservation advocates want to block the federal government’s aerial gunning, trapping and poisoning of wildlife across Idaho.

Lawmakers demand more info on VA dog experiments

Members of Congress sent a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs asking for more information about the department’s experiments on dogs.

UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017

‘Weak calf syndrome’ gets blame for recent deaths

Washington State University researchers are trying to discover the reason behind mysterious calf deaths related to what is commonly known as “weak calf syndrome.”

East Wenatchee house fire leaves woman critical, about 20 animals dead

Douglas County firefighters pulled an unconscious woman from a burning home early Saturday, but couldn’t save approximately eight dogs and 12 cats who perished in the blaze.