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Endangered fisher to be reintroduced into Cascades

SEATTLE — A weasel-like predator that disappeared from Washington state decades ago will soon be reintroduced to the Cascade Range.State and federal wildlife officials are preparing to re-establish fishers into Mount Rainier and North Cascades national parks and...

Date: 11/29/2015 | Northwest

Polar bear at Tacoma zoo dies; suffered from liver cancer

TACOMA — A polar bear at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma has died after undergoing months of chemotherapy.

Date: 11/27/2015 | Northwest

So, a turkey wants into a church ...

ORLANDO, Fla. — Days before Thanksgiving, a wild turkey chose an opportune time to show up on the doorstep of an Orlando church, appearing to seek shelter.

Date: 11/25/2015 | Nation & World

Gorilla, 19, gives birth at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle

SEATTLE — A 19-year-old western lowland gorilla has given birth at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.Zoo officials said in a news release the female baby gorilla was born Friday morning at a healthy 5 pounds.

Date: 11/20/2015 | Northwest

800 dogs, cats flown to Northwest, other states to find homes

LOS ANGELES — Some 800 dogs and cats from California animal shelters have something to be thankful for this holiday season — a free ride to other states where they have a better chance of finding homes.

Date: 11/20/2015 | Northwest

Man charged with misdemeanors for shooting wolf

BAKER CITY, Ore. — A Baker City man who killed a wolf known as OR-22 while coyote hunting has been charged with taking the life of a threatened or endangered species.

Date: 11/16/2015 | Northwest

Washington weighing conservation strategies for small seabird

BREMERTON, — State land managers are weighing five long-term strategies aimed at saving a small threatened seabird that nest in old-growth trees.

Date: 11/16/2015 | Northwest

Seattle zoo transfers ownership of elephants to other zoos

SEATTLE — Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo has transferred ownership of its Asian elephants to zoos in Oklahoma City and St. Louis, where the animals are now living.

Date: 11/16/2015 | Northwest

After dog’s death, an effort to ban guns to put pets down

CONCORD, N.H. — The death of a brown-and-white, mixed breed named Bruno on the northern fringe of New Hampshire’s White Mountains has sparked an angry response from animal rights activists who want to ban owners from using a gun to “put down” old, sick or dangerous dogs.

Date: 11/15/2015 | Nation & World

Manure from millions of hogs fuels natural gas project

ALBANY, Mo. — One recipe for renewable natural gas goes: Place manure from about 2 million hogs in lagoons, cover them with an impermeable material and let it bake until gas from the manure rises. Then, use special equipment to clean the gas of its impurities and ship the finished product...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Nation & World

New dog offers family mystery, amusement

There is a new guy in my life. He is handsome, physically fit, a good listener and totally committed to me. I am of course talking about my poodle, Merlin.

Date: 11/15/2015 | I Brake for Moms

Looking for a friend?

Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (14 new photos)

Date: 11/14/2015 | Fur & Feathers

Federal council to look at Navy sonar, explosives testing dispute

PORT ANGELES — A federal preservation council plans to look at a dispute between the Navy and Washington state over planned sonar and explosives training and testing.

Date: 11/11/2015 | Northwest

Hikers rescue 2 dogs lost near Mount St. Helens for a week

AMBOY, Wash. — Two dogs that ran off before a hike were rescued by other hikers after a week in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.KING-TV reported Dennis Elton’s Britany spaniel named Woody and a chocolate lab named Brock ran when he got to a forest trail near Mount St. Helens Oct. 26.

Date: 11/07/2015 | Northwest

Newfound raptor was a lethal predator

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Tyrannosaurus rex may have been known as the big guy around the Hell Creek Formation 66 million years ago, but a newly discovered species of raptor would have roamed nearby as one of the region's most lethal predators.

Date: 11/07/2015 | Nation & World

Pet cat south of Port Townsend tests positive for rabies

PORT ANGELES — Rabies has been found in a cat in Washington state for the first time since 2002.

Date: 11/06/2015 | Northwest

Panera Bread to move to cage-free eggs by 2020

ST. LOUIS — Panera Bread on Thursday became the latest restaurant chain to announce plans to stop using eggs from cage-confined hens.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Business Wire

U.S. probes dolphin deaths after Navy uses sonar

HONOLULU — The National Marine Fisheries Service on Wednesday said it was investigating the death of two dolphins found washed ashore in California shortly after Navy ships were using sonar in nearby waters.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Nation & World

Washington voters pass anti-wildlife-trafficking initiative

OLYMPIA — Voters overwhelmingly passed a measure that would outlaw sales related to wildlife trafficking of items from animals like lions and tigers in Washington state.

Date: 11/03/2015 | Northwest

Toxin from vast algae bloom off West Coast found in wildlife

SEATTLE — Tests on dead or dying marine wildlife show the animals were exposed to a vast bloom of toxic algae that flourished off the West Coast this summer, federal biologists said Tuesday.

Date: 11/03/2015 | Northwest

Federal government begins large Oregon wild horse roundup

PORTLAND, Ore. — Wild horse advocates are calling for a stop to one of the largest roundups of wild mustangs in Oregon history.

Date: 11/02/2015 | Northwest

2 guard dogs in Oregon take to orphaned kitten

MT. VERNON, Ore. — Two large female guard dogs living with a family in the tiny Grant County town of Mt. Vernon have “adopted” an orphaned kitten.

Date: 11/01/2015 | Northwest

Tyrannosaurus dinosaurs probably ate each other

Most of us don’t think the tyrannosaur was a sweet, cuddly and mild-natured creature. Well, here’s some evidence bolstering our ferocious image of the dinosaur: researchers stumbled upon a new bone they say strongly suggests tyrannosaur cannibalism.

Date: 10/31/2015 | Nation & World

Humane Society rescues pups from South Korean meat farm

WALLA WALLA — They have no names, yet.“I really want the families to be able to name them,” said Sara Archer, executive director of Blue Mountain Humane Society, dishing out a pet treat for the 80-pound dog in front of her.

Date: 10/31/2015 | Northwest

Spokane man dies after vehicle hits moose on Montana interstate

CARDWELL, Mont. — Authorities say a 70-year-old man has died after his vehicle struck a moose on I-90 in southwest Montana and slammed into a semitrailer parked on the shoulder.Jefferson County Sheriff Craig Doolittle identified the victim as Terry Fitzhum of Spokane, Washington.

Date: 10/31/2015 | Northwest

Looking for a friend?

Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (9 new photos)

Date: 10/31/2015 | Fur & Feathers

GPS collar stops tracking wandering wolf OR-7

BEND, Ore. — The wolf OR-7 became globally famous when he took off from his northeast Oregon pack four years ago and wandered thousands of miles in search of a mate, his movement tracked by a GPS satellite.His actions will now be much harder to track.

Date: 10/30/2015 | Northwest

Family gets visit from orphaned bear cub, feeds him apples

ASTORIA, Ore. — A family from southwest Washington had an unexpected visitor.A small black bear cub wandered along Erica and Bruce Hazen’s country road, peeking into their kitchen through a glass door.

Date: 10/30/2015 | Northwest

National Guard airlifts dino fossils out of wilderness

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — This was something that had never been seen before — the full skeletal remains of a baby Pentaceratops, a plant-eating dinosaur with large horns that once roamed what is now North America tens of millions of years ago.

Date: 10/30/2015 | Nation & World

Eugene dog dies when left in car after owner's arrest

EUGENE, Ore. — She was only going to be gone a few minutes, biking down the street for an early morning maple bar, she said.

Date: 10/27/2015 | Northwest

County in Oregon to pay family $24,000 for slain mini horse

MOLALLA, Ore. — Clackamas County has agreed to pay a Molalla family $24,000 because a deputy fatally shot their pet miniature horse.

Date: 10/27/2015 | Northwest

Alexandria Zoo is new home for orphaned Washington cougar kittens

ALEXANDRIA, La. — A pair of male cougar kittens, orphaned after their mother was hit by a vehicle in Washington, are now calling the Alexandria Zoo home.

Date: 10/27/2015 | Northwest

Orcas expected to venture into south Puget Sound

SEATTLE — Puget Sound orca pods with six babies are expected to venture south into Puget Sound for the fall and early winter.

Date: 10/26/2015 | Northwest

Conservationists are thrilled: 6th newborn orca spotted

SEATTLE — Puget Sound’s endangered resident orcas have welcomed yet another new addition.

Date: 10/25/2015 | Northwest

Bigfoot believers gather at New York retreat

CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. — Bigfoot believers gathered Saturday in western New York, convinced the legendary Sasquatch has left its footprints all over the region.About 100 people sported buttons saying “I believe” and swapped stories at the fourth annual Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot Expo.

Date: 10/24/2015 | Nation & World

Riders round up one of nation’s biggest public bison herds

SALT LAKE CITY — Riders on horseback are herding bison on Utah’s Antelope Island in an annual roundup of one of the country’s largest and oldest public herds.

Date: 10/24/2015 | Nation & World

Bivalve barometers

Penn Cove mussels to be used to track pollutants in Puget Sound

Date: 10/21/2015 | Local News

Inslee reverses panel’s decision to increase cougar hunts

SEATTLE — Gov. Jay Inslee has reversed a state wildlife panel’s decision to expand cougar hunting in areas of Washington occupied by wolves.

Date: 10/20/2015 | Northwest

Rat race: With complaints on rise, New York redoubles efforts

NEW YORK — To many in New York City, the rats are winning.

Date: 10/18/2015 | Nation & World

Treasure trove of late Triassic fossils discovered

SALT LAKE CITY — Paleontologists have discovered a cliff-side in Utah brimming with fossils that offers a rare glimpse of desert life in western North America early in the age of dinosaurs.

Date: 10/17/2015 | Nation & World

Inslee honors dog who protected trapped friend

OLYMPIA — A dog credited with standing guard for nearly a week to protect another dog that had fallen in a cistern was deemed “Washingtonian of the Day” Thursday by Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee.

Date: 10/16/2015 | Northwest

Bees swarm on 767 in Texas

GRAPEVINE, Texas — Some unusual travelers caused a delay for one American Airlines flight.

Date: 10/15/2015 | Off the Wire

Squirrel houses are a relic of domesticated pets’ past

Squirrels were popular pets in past centuries. They were kept in special cages that included a running wheel or other type of exercise machine.

Date: 10/15/2015 | Home and Garden

Tackling trauma

Vets with PTSD find peace at Monroe equine therapy center

Date: 10/13/2015 | Local News

The risky wild side

The world of darling and dangerous exotic pets

Date: 10/11/2015 | Local News

‘Lucky’ pig gets new home after fall onto Colorado highway

LONGMONT, Colo. — A 650-pound pig that fell off a trailer in Colorado is getting a new name — “Lucky” — and a new home at a sanctuary for abandoned pigs.

Date: 10/09/2015 | Nation & World

The Donald might call this chick a real looker

Trump is everywhere.Bad hair costumes. Pumpkins carved into "Trumpkins." Cats coiffed like Trump. Sushi with...

Date: 10/06/2015 | Whats Up With That?

Police seek person who set cat on fire in Bremerton

BREMERTON — Bremerton police are searching for a person who set a cat on fire, leading to its death.Police say a man out walking just before midnight Sunday noticed something on fire that appeared to be moving. The man realized it was a cat burning and called 911.

Date: 10/05/2015 | Northwest

Three-legged raccoon’s home safe at Port of Seattle

SEATTLE — Port of Seattle authorities say a three-legged female raccoon named Tripod who has charmed tourists in exchange for treats for years won’t be forced to move when a terminal is renovated.

Date: 10/04/2015 | Northwest

Adopting perfect pup can be a tough magic trick

Before I attempted adopting a poodle I was warned how difficult it might be. “Fill out an application at every rescue organization you can find,” one friend told me. “Be prepared for a home visit,” said another.

Date: 10/04/2015 | I Brake for Moms

Black Death may be locked in ancient flea

Scientists may have found the oldest-ever evidence of the bubonic plague, locked away in an ancient flea trapped in amber.

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

Farmer finds mammoth bones in field

According to paleontologists from the University of Michigan, one local farmer might have made an epic fossil find.On Monday, James Bristle, of Lima Township, was digging in a soy field when he and his friend pulled up what they first thought was a bent, muddy old fence post.

Date: 10/03/2015 | Nation & World

Elephants' swan song

It’s their last circus performance in the PNW before they retire

Date: 10/03/2015 | Local News

Looking for a friend?

Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (22 new photos)

Date: 10/03/2015 | Fur & Feathers

Hundreds gather to mourn slain police dog in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Hundreds of community members and officers, both on two legs and four came to a public memorial service for a Vancouver police dog that was stabbed in the line of duty.The overwhelming opinion was that 6-year-old Vancouver Police K9 Ike was a very good boy.

Date: 09/30/2015 | Northwest

Oregon officials won’t allow killing wolves

PENDLETON, Ore. — Wildlife officials won’t allow people to kill wolves in eastern Oregon’s Mount Emily pack despite five confirmed attacks on a sheep herd this summer.

Date: 09/30/2015 | Northwest

Rescued horses in Oregon chow down on 22 tons of donated carrots

BEND, Ore. — Carrots might no longer tempt horses at one Oregon rescue ranch — because they’ve been munching on tons of them for days.

Date: 09/30/2015 | Northwest

Northwest advocates say regulation may be needed in service dog laws

SPOKANE — Human rights advocates in Washington and Idaho say people may be trying to pass pets off as service animals.

Date: 09/28/2015 | Northwest

‘Racing Extinction’ sings animals’ songs to change minds

"Racing Extinction" has many grisly examples of mankind's impact on the natural world, but one of its most affecting touches is a snippet of birdsong.The movie considers the way various species have been driven to non-existence in the last few decades, among them...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Entertainment

Valuable bees stolen as almond prices soar

SYDNEY — The world’s most valuable pollinator is under attack.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Business Wire

Don't miss

5 things to do at Everett Fall Home show this weekend

Date: 09/24/2015 | Home and Garden

Scientists find remains of cold-weather dinosaur that roamed the Arctic forest

Scientists have discovered a duck-billed dinosaur that lived in the Arctic Circle roughly 70 million years ago.

Date: 09/22/2015 | Northwest

Protection for greater sage grouse across West rejected

BILLINGS, Mont. — The greater sage grouse, a ground-dwelling bird whose vast range spans 11 Western states, does not need federal protections, the Interior Department said Tuesday, following a costly effort to reverse the species' decline without reshaping the region's economy.

Date: 09/22/2015 | Northwest

Bend wildlife rehab center treating more animals each year

BEND, Ore. — A couple hundred animals are tucked into and around a modest house just east of Bend.

Date: 09/21/2015 | Northwest

Getting a clean bill of potential poodle ownership

There are many reasons to dance for joy at the doctor’s office — a clean biopsy, a positive pregnancy test, or a successful vasectomy all come to mind. But is approval to get a poodle worthy of such jubilation? My kids definitely think so. Our potential for dog ownership weighed heavily on their...

Date: 09/20/2015 | I Brake for Moms

Florida boy’s beekeeping gets White House buzz

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Ten-year-old Benjamin Oppenheimer has one honey of a pen pal: President Barack Obama.

Date: 09/20/2015 | Nation & World

4-paw training

How to hit the trail, safely, with your dog

Date: 09/20/2015 | Life

Bear was legally hunted on private Granite Falls property

GRANITE FALLS — Local police and wildlife officers are reminding people not to accidentally attract bears with garbage, bird feeders or pet food after a black bear was spotted in a residential area last week and shot by a hunter on private property.Officers from the...

Date: 09/19/2015 | Local News

Rare albatross dies despite rehab efforts

LYNNWOOD — A short-tailed albatross that died while undergoing rehabilitation here is being used to further research on the rare species. Three fishermen rescued the large seabird last month in Neah Bay on the northwest coast of Washington.

Date: 09/19/2015 | Local News

Captive snake gives birth with no mate

ST. LOUIS — For the second time in two years, a captive snake in southeast Missouri has given birth without any interaction with a member of the opposite sex.Officials at the Missouri Department of Conservation's Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center say a female...

Date: 09/19/2015 | Nation & World

Looking for a friend?

Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (13 new photos)

Date: 09/18/2015 | Fur & Feathers

Perfume-drinking dog in the running for insurer award

Jackie, a Manchester terrier mix who ingested perfume, is vying with a tape-eating cat and other reckless animals in the latest contest for the most unusual pet insurance claim of the year."Jackie's bizarre break-in gave her a huge bellyache after she figured out how...

Date: 09/17/2015 | Nation & World

Man accused of stabbing police dog faces added charges

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A man accused of fatally stabbing a police dog is facing added criminal charges that prosecutors say are warranted given the severity of the case.

Date: 09/16/2015 | Northwest

Oregon police: Pair of wolves found dead in Wallowa County

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon State Police are seeking the public’s help regarding the deaths of a wolf pair in Wallowa County.Lt. Bill Fugate said investigators suspect a person or people killed the two wolves. He declined to comment on how the wolves died.

Date: 09/16/2015 | Northwest

State game officials disappointed with deal in wolf killing

SEATTLE — Conservationists and state game officials said Tuesday that a prosecutor in Eastern Washington went too easy on a man who chased a protected gray wolf with his car for several miles, then shot and killed the animal.

Date: 09/15/2015 | Northwest

Agency resumes killing cormorants to help salmon migration

PORTLAND, Ore. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has resumed killing double-crested cormorants so the birds eat fewer juvenile salmon migrating down the Columbia River despite an ongoing legal battle with conservation groups.

Date: 09/15/2015 | Northwest

Agency nixes proposed rafts where walrus can rest off Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declined for now to create artificial floating platforms for Pacific walrus that come ashore in Alaska because they lack summer sea ice.

Date: 09/15/2015 | Northwest

Feds: Sage grouse face decline if wildfires can’t be stopped

BOISE, Idaho — If increasingly destructive wildfires in the Great Basin can’t be stopped, the sage grouse population will be cut in half over the next three decades, scientists say.

Date: 09/13/2015 | Northwest

Day of Caring: ‘Every day is a good day to give back’

Ann Phelps was an aerospace worker turned field hand for a day, muscling old metal fence posts out of the ground.Margarita Zamora de Lopez has a parts receiving job, but spent Friday with a paintbrush in hand.

Date: 09/13/2015 | Local News

Drone captures photos of endangered baby orca, mom

Federal scientists using a drone have captured photographs of a baby Puget Sound orca swimming alongside its mother in the waters of British Columbia.

Date: 09/11/2015 | Northwest

3 emaciated horses rescued from confinement near Monroe

MONROE — Three horses were seized near Monroe on Wednesday morning in a case of alleged animal cruelty and neglect.The two mares and a filly are in protective custody and being treated by a veterinarian, said Vicki Lubrin, the Snohomish County licensing and animal...

Date: 09/10/2015 | Local News

McDonald’s announces shift to cage-free eggs

The maker of the Egg McMuffin is taking a stand, and it could drastically change the eggs Americans eat.McDonald's announced this morning that it will begin working toward eliminating all eggs purchased from farms that cage their hens, in both the United States and Canada.

Date: 09/10/2015 | Business Wire

Looking for a friend?

Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (11 new photos)

Date: 09/10/2015 | Fur & Feathers

RIP Zippy

Dalmatian was beloved at Everett cafe

Date: 09/09/2015 | Local News

'Cows are cool'

She's on the path to veterinary school

Date: 09/08/2015 | Local News

BLM done gathering wild horses displaced by fire

BOISE, Idaho — The Bureau of Land Management says it’s completed its effort to relocate wild horses from southwestern Idaho following a massive wildfire.The BLM said Saturday that 279 horses were gathered.

Date: 09/06/2015 | Northwest

Fin whale makes appearance in north Puget Sound

SEATTLE — For the first time in many years, the second largest animal in the world— the fin whale— was spotted near Minor Island in north Puget Sound.KING-TV reported that whale watchers saw the animal on Thursday.

Date: 09/06/2015 | Northwest

Rwanda ceremony names baby mountain gorillas

Youths wearing gorilla costumes and rubber boots grunted and scampered in front of Rwanda's president Saturday during the ceremonial naming of 24 baby mountain gorillas in the African country, where the critically endangered animals live in volcano-studded forests that are visited by...

Date: 09/06/2015 | Nation & World

Looking for a friend?

Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (31 new photos)

Date: 09/05/2015 | Fur & Feathers

'A good life, a good valley'

Family recognized for operating same small farm for 127 years

Date: 09/04/2015 | Local News

Vancouver police dog stabbed by man wanted on warrants

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Police in Vancouver, Washington, say a police dog was in critical condition Tuesday evening after being stabbed by a suspect.

Date: 09/01/2015 | Northwest

Hogging the limelight

Evergreen State Fair honors Granite Falls couple

Date: 08/30/2015 | Local News

‘It’s a boy!’ National Zoo says of new panda cub

WASHINGTON — Drum roll ... The twin giant panda cub is a boy — and its father is Tian Tian.The National Zoo said that the cub born there a week ago Saturday was doing well.The other panda cub, also a boy and of the same father, died Wednesday.

Date: 08/30/2015 | Nation & World

Tips for staying healthy at the state fair

It is Evergreen State Fair season — and there's something in the air. Unfortunately, some of what's in the air (and on countertops and fence posts) isn't always good for us.The Snohomish Health District offers these reminders to maintain your peace of mind and best of...

Date: 08/29/2015 | Life

And they’re off: Evergreen State fair in Monroe opens with animal races

MONROE — That down home feeling is in the air.The Evergreen State Fair opened in Monroe on Thursday with entertainment lined up through Labor Day. On opening day, arts and agriculture from across Snohomish County...

Date: 08/28/2015 | Local News

Looking for a friend?

Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (23 new photos)

Date: 08/26/2015 | Fur & Feathers

The fault in our sea stars

Volunteers conduct survey to monitor disease

Date: 08/24/2015 | Local News

150,000 summer steelhead fingerlings die at Umpqua hatchery

EUGENE, Ore. — Unusually warm water has killed more than 150,000 summer steelhead fingerlings at an Umpqua River hatchery.

Date: 08/23/2015 | Northwest

Second bed bug infestation at the jail’s work release center

EVERETT — The bed bugs are back.The tiny wingless insects that feed on warm-blooded animals have returned to the Snohomish County Jail's Work Release Center.They feast when inmates sleep. Some have reported being bitten...

Date: 08/22/2015 | Local News

Doggie in the dorm

Guide dog in training to 'attend' WSU

Date: 08/21/2015 | Local News

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