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World’s last male rhino getting help from Tinder dating app

There’s just one male northern white rhino left in the world, and he’s now on the Tinder dating app as wildlife experts try to keep his species alive.


Idaho’s anti-dairy spying lawsuit attracts supporters

A dozen groups representing food safety supporters, free speech advocates and labor unions are helping fight the Idaho law banning secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities.


Convicted Washington cat hoarder arrested in Oregon

A Washington woman who was convicted last year of animal cruelty for collecting over 100 cats in a recreational trailer has been arrested in Oregon for investigation of animal neglect.


UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017, 10:11 p.m.

Dogs get protection from inhumane tethering

Dog owners could face new penalties in Washington state if they tie up or “tether” their dogs in an inhumane way.


UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017, 9:09 p.m.

Study: Bird population in Vermont forests drop 14.2 percent

The bird population in Vermont’s forests has declined 14.2 percent over 25 years, largely due to several factors, including invasive species, climate change, and the natural cycle of maturing forests, …


UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 10:50 p.m.

Hunter’s find leads to discovery of prehistoric sea creature

A fossil found by an elk hunter in Montana nearly seven years ago has led to the discovery of a new species of prehistoric sea creature that lived about 70 …


Days-old coyote pups exposed in the sage

Keep your eyes open this time of year for the wildly exciting chance to discover nature’s small fry. Spring is not lacking for reasons to lure hikers outside. Wildflowers and …


Maryland Zoo’s 2 grizzly bear cubs from Montana get names: Nova and Nita

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore now has names for its two grizzly bear cubs that came to the zoo from Montana.


Booming online sales mean more dog bites for mail carriers

Booming online retail sales are good news for the U.S. Postal Service, but its carriers are incurring a cost: more dog bites.


Six Eastern Oregon counties will no longer use cyanide traps

Six eastern Oregon counties say they are halting the use of cyanide traps to kill coyotes to protect the state’s wolf population.


Tribe euthanizes dog pack after 2-year-old boy attacked

Animal control officials have euthanized eight of 11 dogs that attacked and seriously injured a 2-year-old boy north of Pocatello.


No sex with animals: Ohio enacts bestiality law

It’s now illegal in Ohio for people to engage in sexual conduct or related acts with animals; the state didn’t have anti-bestiality laws until the change took effect last week.


UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017, 12:37 p.m.

Bigfoot in the Blues? Oregon man to search in Blue Mountains

BAKER CITY, Ore. – There’s a plaster cast of a footprint on the wall of Scott Violette’s basement and it’s the sort of thing that could give a kid nightmares …


Bad breath: Study finds array of bacteria when orcas exhale

The findings in a new study raises concerns about the potential role of infectious diseases as another major stress factor for the struggling population of endangered Puget Sound orcas.


UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017, 7:43 p.m.

Grief-stricken Cle Elum man suing WSU over botched euthanasia of beloved malamute

A lawsuit against Washington State University involving the euthanization of a sick dog could set a new legal precedent on the emotional value of pets.


UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017, 9:05 p.m.

To aid ferrets, vaccine treats planned for prairie dogs

Feeding peanut butter kibbles to millions of prairie dogs – by flinging the treats from four-wheelers and dropping them from drones – could be the next big thing to help …


UPDATED: Sat., March 11, 2017, 9:04 p.m.

These creatures faced extinction. The Endangered Species Act saved them.

The federal Endangered Species Act has been called the world’s gold standard for environmental protection. Passed in 1973, it strengthened earlier federal protections for animals that had been nearly wiped …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 3:57 p.m.

Oregon capital has ticket for off-leash dogs

Escalating complaints about loose-running dogs weighed heavy in the decision by the city of Salem, Oregon’s capital city, to hire its first city parks ranger.


King Zulu, beloved white Bengal tiger at Audubon Zoo, dies

King Zulu, the white Bengal tiger that mesmerized scores of visitors to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, has died.


Court rules to lift federal protections for Wyoming wolves

A U.S. appeals court on Friday ruled to lift protections that kept gray wolves an endangered species in Wyoming for years after federal officials removed packs in neighboring states from …


Traders in south India state pull US drinks in anger at PETA

Traders have pulled Coke and Pepsi off their store shelves in south India in anger at PETA’s opposition to a local bull-taming sport.


South Africa reports drop in rhinos killed by poachers

South Africa says poachers killed 1,054 rhinos in the country last year, a 10.3 percent drop from 2015.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 9:06 p.m.

Montana weighs asking Congress to lift grizzly protections

Montana lawmakers are considering a resolution to ask the state’s congressional delegation to declassify the grizzly bear as a threatened species throughout Montana.


Zoo: Live video of giraffe giving birth was labeled explicit

The owner of a New York zoo planning to live-stream a giraffe giving birth says the video feed was briefly removed from YouTube because animal rights activists labeled it sexually …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 10:48 p.m.

University of Idaho to no longer euthanize nuisance animals

The University of Idaho will continue to trap wild, stray or feral animals on its campus, but it will end its practice of euthanization, according to the university’s Nuisance Animal …


Officials plan capture of wild horses in central Idaho

Federal officials say they plan to capture 150 wild horses starting later this month in central Idaho near Challis and remove about 50 for adoption. The U.S. Bureau of Land …


Bull that led police chase after slaughterhouse escape dies

A plucky bull escaped from a slaughterhouse and led police on a wild chase through the streets on Tuesday only to die on its way to a shelter.


Baby orangutan, parents’ 3rd, debuts at zoo, is doing great

A baby orangutan has made its debut at a Pennsylvania zoo.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 3:12 p.m.

Feds: Mexican gray wolves see increase in wild population

There are now more Mexican gray wolves roaming the American Southwest than at any time since the federal government began trying to reintroduce the predators nearly two decades ago.


Horse meat and genitals hidden in juice boxes seized by customs agents in Virginia

Customs and Border Protection agents at Dulles International Airport in Virginia seized 42 pounds of horse meat and horse genitals hidden in juice boxes, officials said Thursday. The incident happened …