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Stories tagged: animals

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 …

Reindeer may be weighing less due to global warming

Reindeer living on the Arctic island of Svalbard are getting smaller – and scientists say climate change may be the cause.

Everett lab fined $185,000 over death of 38 monkeys

An Everett medical laboratory has been fined $185,000 over the deaths of 38 monkeys over a five-year period.

‘Silent extinction’: Giraffes listed as a vulnerable species after 30-year population plunge

The stately 18-foot-tall giraffe is among the animals ecologists call “charismatic megafauna,” the name for critters that elicit squeals of delight at the zoo and warm the cockles of corporate …

Three Everglades deer found in one big python belly

Pythons eat a lot. No surprise there. But in a new study, scientists examining poop from a Burmese python bagged in the Everglades discovered the ravenous snakes may be gorging …

Horse rescued after fall from cliff in Idaho

Idaho authorities teamed up with a construction company to help rescue a horse that fell off a cliff and became stranded on a ledge.

2 moose population studies moving forward

Two moose surveillance projects are moving forward in Wyoming as populations face struggles like drought and predators.

Humans have changed industrial turkeys so much they can’t even mate without our help

The colorful turkeys we drew in kindergarten don’t resemble the fowl on our modern Thanksgiving tables. Our popular idea of what a turkey looks like seems to be stuck in …

Montana commission approves bighorn sheep transfer

A group of 30 to 45 bighorn sheep will be transferred as scientists pursue research into deadly pneumonia outbreaks among Montana herds.

Prince William: We’re still step behind wildlife traffickers

Britain’s Prince William praised Vietnam, China and other Asian countries for taking unprecedented steps to battle wildlife trafficking but said Thursday the truth is that rhinos, elephants, pangolins and lions …

Yellowstone grizzlies could be removed from endangered species list

State and federal wildlife managers are considering removing Endangered Species Act protections from grizzly bears living in Yellowstone National Park.

Dogs indicate presence of mussels in Montana reservoirs

Dogs trained to detect aquatic invasive species have alerted Montana officials to the presence of invasive mussels in two reservoirs.

Authorities: 200 pigs escape after Michigan truck crash

Authorities say that about 200 pigs got loose after a truck heading to Indiana was involved in a crash on a foggy southwestern Michigan roadway.

Idaho police dog saved with blood donated by 2 other dogs

Two dogs that donated blood are being credited with helping save the life of a police dog that needed emergency surgery after being shot in the line of duty.

37 bighorn sheep die in Montana pneumonia outbreak

At least 37 bighorn sheep have died in a pneumonia outbreak at Montana’s National Bison Range.

250 animals rescued, 35 animals killed in L.A. pet store fire

Authorities say nearly 3 dozen animals were killed when flames ripped through a Los Angeles pet shop.

Stray cat patrol: Feral felines deployed in New York City war on rats

Multitudes of feral cats roam New York City’s concrete jungle, and some now have a practical purpose: They’re helping curb the city’s rat population.

Three file claims in incident involving spooked horse at fair

SEATTLE – Three people have filed tort claims seeking damages after a spooked horse bolted through a crowd at a Washington state fair, injuring five people. The Chronicle in Centralia …

Oregon woman pleads guilty to animal abuse; avoids jail

A southern Oregon woman who had nearly 60 animals removed from her property last winter has been sentenced to perform 240 hours of community service and pay the veterinary bills.

Flooded North Carolina farms are likely littered with drowned livestock

At least tens of thousands of chickens, hogs and other livestock are feared dead in floodwaters that washed over factory farms and towns in eastern North Carolina following Hurricane Matthew.

Grizzlies tend to stay in the shadows of attention in the Inland Northwest

Few people would know that grizzly bear numbers are gradually increasing northeast of Spokane.

Animal watchdog group files 4th complaint against WSU

Ohio-based Stop Animal Exploitation Now filed another complaint this past week against Washington State University for what the animal rights group characterizes as a systematic failure at the university that …

Cats, dogs and cockroaches get special blessings at Spokane churches

From the pews in the back of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, the pastor’s voice sounded a bit muffled – drowned out by a chorus of panting dogs.

Magellanic penguin mating season begins in Argentina

Thousands of Magellanic penguins are arriving at Argentina’s Punta Tombo peninsula for their breeding season.

Protections rejected for American pika, other species

Federal officials on Tuesday rejected greater protections for six species including the rabbit-like American pika, which researchers warn is disappearing from areas of the Western U.S. as climate change alters …

Lawsuit forces U.S. to decide if nine species are endangered

The U.S. government agreed last week to decide over the next several years if federal protections are needed to help a small, fanged predator of the Northern Rockies, massive alligator …

Dog swims over 6 miles, walks 12 more to find family

A dog swam more than 6 miles and walked a dozen more to find its family after falling overboard into Lake Michigan during the weekend.

NPS 100: Tourists are wacky about wildlife, ranger says

Wildlife and wild experiences are headliner attractions at many national parks, offering millions of visitors their first close encounters with the outdoors and critters as diverse as marmots and manatees. …

Dealer that supplied Petco, PetSmart is charged with cruelty

Animal cruelty charges were filed Wednesday against a Pennsylvania small-animal dealer that supplied major pet retailers like Petco and PetSmart.

More than 100 animals found in mobile home

Authorities responding to a mobile home fire in Evergreen found more than 100 animals inside.