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Stories tagged: animals

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 18, 2017

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 …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017

New University of Idaho animal policies set in response to gassing of nuisance animals

More than four months after a University of Idaho task force delivered its suggestions concerning the management of nuisance animals on campus to president Chuck Staben, changes to policy may …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 15, 2017

Endangered Species Act may be heading for the threatened list

A Senate hearing to “modernize the Endangered Species Act” unfolded Wednesday just as supporters of the law had feared, with round after round of criticism from Republican lawmakers.

Plan for grizzlies in North Cascades draws mixed reactions

A federal proposal to return grizzly bears to the North Cascades drew mixed reaction in Cle Elum, where the first in a series of meetings was held this week. U.S. …

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 11, 2017

Cats at the Westminster dog show? Sort of, in a first

Dogs from petite papillons to muscular Rottweilers showed off their four-footed agility Saturday at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, tackling obstacles from hurdles to tunnels. And next door, so …

Dog food recalled after euthanasia drug found in can. One dog dead.

It was New Year’s Eve when Nikki Mael fed her four pugs – Tito, Tank, Tito, Tinkerbell and Talula – the single can of dog food, Evanger’s Hunk of Beef, …

Birders in Idaho worry harsh winter may hurt hummingbirds

Bird lovers in Idaho are worried that an unusually cold and snowy winter may have harmed or killed some of the Anna’s hummingbirds that spend the winter in there despite …

Tinder for apes? Dutch zoo gives orangutans screen time

How does a primate find a date when they’re confined to an urban jungle? Orangutans in a Dutch zoo may get a high-tech helping hand thanks to a research project …

Crust-covered snow spells deadly conditions for wildlife

The wind-packed or sun-crusted snow blanketing much of the region this week delivers one of the most difficult survival tests for wintering birds and a wildlife.

Scientists take first steps to growing human organs in pigs

Scientists have grown human cells inside pig embryos, a very early step toward the goal of growing livers and other human organs in animals to transplant into people. The cells …

96-year-old Philly woman critical after 2 pit bulls attack

Philadelphia police say two pit bulls have mauled and critically injured a 96-year-old woman.

Rich Landers: Critter tracks read like story in the snow

Early Sunday morning while reading the newspaper, Rich Landers contemplated several options for making the best of the day outdoors.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017

Stranded horse in rural Idaho rescued with helicopter

One of two horses found stranded in rural central Idaho was rescued with the help of a group of volunteers and a helicopter. Volunteers with Idaho Horse Rescue on Tuesday …

103 puppies rescued after delivery van crashes in NY

An animal welfare group is caring for the scores of puppies that were being transported in a box van when it crashed and overturned on an upstate New York highway.

Brimming toxic pit nears critical level after bird deaths

It was an unusual and unfortunate confluence of events: A larger-than-normal number of geese was making a later-than-normal migration over Montana when a snowstorm blew in at the wrong time …

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 23, 2017

3 dogs give avalanche rescuers hope but 22 people missing

Emergency crews digging into an avalanche-slammed hotel were cheered Monday by the discovery of three puppies who had survived for days under tons of snow – giving them new hope …

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 20, 2017

Animals struggle with heavy snow, winter weather in Idaho

While Idaho residents are lamenting heavy snowpack and icy roads, wildlife in the state have been struggling in the backcountry.

Child dies, 2 injured in pit bull attack in Atlanta

Police say a child has died and two others were seriously injured after two pit bulls attacked them in southwest Atlanta.

Feds draft plan to restore grizzly bears to North Cascades

Federal officials released a draft plan this week for restoring grizzly bears to the North Cascades.

Feds weigh petition asking for whale protection zone

The federal government is considering whether it should set up an area off Washington’s San Juan Island where endangered killer whales would be protected from motorboats and other disturbances.

18 dogs die in fire at animal rescue facility near Tumwater

Eighteen dogs have died in a fire at a privately run animal rescue facility south of Olympia.

Second red panda triplet dies at suburban Philadelphia zoo

A red panda, a species listed as endangered, has died at a suburban Philadelphia zoo.

Boise zoo’s lion, 14, dies after battling lymphoma

The Boise zoo’s 14-year-old male lion has been euthanized after a battle with lymphoma.

Clydesdale rescued from Oregon mud pit

Firefighters rescued a Clydesdale that got stuck in a large mud pit in Aloha.

SCRAPS: Bring in pets when wind chill hits, and give extra care to outdoor animals

As the temperature is expected to fall below zero and the wind picks up, the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service is reminding pet owners to take extra care of …

Official: Dog that attacked family over sweater euthanized

Officials say a dog that attacked a Florida family who tried to put a sweater on it has been euthanized.

Woman leaves entire $1.2 million estate to animal shelter

A Tennessee woman’s $1.2 million estate has gone to the dogs – and cats, too.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 28, 2016

Two dogs attacked by mountain lion near Ketchum

One dog has died and another is injured after they were apparently attacked by a mountain lion in a subdivision south of Ketchum.

Rich Landers: Critters are masters at enduring bitter cold

Judging from the bloom of down coats showing up downtown this week, humans have learned a few valuable lessons from wildlife about surviving bitter cold weather. But critters are the …