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West Coast fisher denied endangered species protections

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided against giving federal protections to a weasel-like critter called the West Coast fisher, saying threats to the species weren’t as significant as …


Longview considers squirrel for official city mascot

Longview is considering making the squirrel the city’s official mascot as the furry creatures are already at the center of an annual summer festival.


Wild horses tamed by 4-H Club members up for adoption

Wild horses tamed by 4-H Club members will be available for adoption this weekend in Boise.


Coyote found shot in head gives birth to 5 pups

Animal rescuers in Southern California were surprised when X-rays revealed an emaciated coyote found badly wounded at the bottom of an empty reservoir was pregnant.


Plan approved to allow bison outside Yellowstone year-round

The federal, state and tribal agencies that manage Yellowstone National Park bison have agreed to let the animals stay in parts of Montana year-round.


U.S. strengthens protections for captive tigers

The Obama administration on Tuesday took steps to strengthen protections for captive tigers held in backyards and private breeding facilities.


At least 50 puppies, small dogs found in van behind pet store, police say

Authorities say they found at least 50 puppies and small dogs in steel crates inside a van behind a northern New Jersey pet store.


Baby giraffe born at Santa Barbara Zoo seen on video

The public is getting its first glimpse of a baby Masai giraffe born over the weekend at the Santa Barbara Zoo.


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 …