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Out & about: Ghostly gray moose bugged by ticks

The so-called “ghost” moose wandering around the area are likely infested with ticks.


North America’s oldest orangutan born in zoo dies in Seattle

The Seattle zoo says North America’s oldest orangutan born in a zoo has died after struggling with respiratory problems.


Breeding season monitors see 50 shades of gray wolf

Chronicling the sex lives of gray wolves in February in Yellowstone National Park combines a strange mix of clinical jargon, voyeurism and hypothermia along the side of Highway 212.


Horse abandoned at stable riddled with paintball remnants

Animal cruelty officials in Pennsylvania are investigating after a horse riddled with over 100 paintball remnants was found abandoned at a stable.


Zoo says Chai the elephant died from teeth abnormalities

Oklahoma City officials say the death of an Asian elephant that was transferred from Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo was likely due to an abnormality in her teeth that prevented her …


Alternatives to pets’ post-surgery ‘cone of shame’ being developed

Call it the cone of shame. Radar dish. Elizabethan collar. Whatever its name, pets seem to hate the stiff, lampshade-like piece of plastic that vets often put around their necks …


WSU investigates deaths of four grizzlies

Washington State University released a report Tuesday critical of several aspects of the facilities and management at its Bear Research, Education and Conservation Center on Terre View Drive – including …


Western states look closely at endangered species protection

DENVER – Wildlife managers, conservationists and business interests are meeting in Denver as the Western Governors Association looks for ways to change the way endangered species are protected. They’ll spend …


92-year-old woman mauled by dogs dies

Hospital officials say a 92-year-old Washington woman has died after she was mauled by dogs.


Idaho’s roadkill salvage law seen as delicious success

You may hear little of it, but Idaho’s nearly 4-year-old law that allows people to salvage roadkill is surprisingly popular. According to an online data base maintained by the Idaho …


Cockfighting could be a felony in home of fighting Gamecocks

In a state where the flagship university’s mascot is a fighting gamecock, some legislators are trying to toughen the penalties for cockfighting, which is illegal in all 50 states.


Widely used insecticide pulled from market

Federal regulators have ordered the makers of a widely used insecticide to take it off the market because it harms tiny aquatic animals.


Land managers capping open pipes, mining claim markers deadly to birds

Federal land managers have adopted a new policy aimed at capping pipes and plastic tubes on public lands that annually lead to the unintentional deaths of up to 100,000 cavity-dwelling …


Southwest Idaho dog survives after being struck by 13 trains

Cats may have nine lives, but a dog in southwest Idaho seems to have a few more as it survived being struck by 13 trains.


California condors reach key survival milestone in the wild

A captive breeding program that once included every living California condor has passed a key milestone in helping North America’s largest bird return to the wild.


Labrador retrievers hit 25th year as top U.S. dog breed

Labrador retrievers still reign supreme after a quarter century as America’s most prevalent purebred dog. But French bulldogs are riding their je ne sais quoi toward new heights, and some …


New bill would redefine animal cruelty, torture in Idaho

An Idaho House panel has introduced legislation that would redefine animal cruelty and torture.


Shelter director who lied about euthanized dog fired

A shelter director who told the owners of a euthanized dog that the animal had been adopted has been fired.


Dog flu case reported in Walla Walla

Canine influenza, or dog flu, was recently diagnosed in a pet adopted by a Walla Walla family from a shelter in Central Washington, according to a release from Associated Veterinary …


Donkey basketball fundraiser draws opposition

Whatcom County animal advocates are trying to stop a Ferndale High School fundraiser in which people play basketball while riding donkeys.


Wildlife officials to kill wolves in remote Idaho region

LEWISTON, Idaho – Federal wildlife services and Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials have joined forces to kill wolves in the Clearwater Region for the third year in a …


Elephant herpes virus not cause of Chai’s death

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Zoo says the elephant herpes virus – or EEHV – was not the cause of death of an elephant at the zoo. Zoo spokeswoman …


Seattle group asks USDA to investigate elephant’s death

A Seattle-based group is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate the recent death of an Asian elephant at the Oklahoma City Zoo.


ASPCA rescues 600 animals from no-kill shelter

One of the largest rescues of companion animals in the history of the ASPCA is being carried out in North Carolina, where 600 or more dogs, cats, horses and other …


Out & About: Orphaned cougars adopted by zoo

Orphaned cougar kittens from Washington accepted by Louisiana zoo


Orphaned cougar kittens have sobering tale

Orphaned cougar kittens have sobering tale


Second chance for orphaned wildlife

There’s no such thing as equal opportunity for orphaned wildlife such as bear cubs and cougar kittens. Most perish quickly in the wild while others are found, putting humans in …


SCRAPS animals head by vanload to Seattle to relieve crowding

Of the 25 cats loaded into the van Sue Anderson drove last week to Seattle, there was one she wanted to make sure rode shotgun. A very pregnant white mother …


Drought, wildfires combine to impact region’s wildlife

Are the region’s wildfires cooking wildlife? Generally no, wildlife biologists say. Rather than perish in the flames, critters are more likely to starve later if a harsh winter compounds the …


Trail cameras provide deeper insight into wildlife habits

A remote trail-cam photo is worth a thousand words about the wildlife we don’t see while recreating in the great outdoors. A group of female hikers triggered a motion-activated sensor …