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Senior Saudi cleric forbids selfies with cats

Cats may not quite have taken over the Internet and our smartphones, but they're definitely starring characters. Apparently that's increasingly true even in ultraconservative Saudi Arabia, which was news to Saleh bin Fawzan al-Fawzan, a prominent cleric who is a member of the Saudi...

Date: 05/26/2016 | Off the Wire


Man arrested for dragging dog behind truck in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Police have arrested a man for dragging a dog behind his truck in Vancouver.

Date: 05/26/2016 | Northwest


A pup named Potato? 15 were registered in NYC last year

NEW YORK — Bella and Max are top dogs in New York City.The city Health Department announced Wednesday that it registered 1,127 dogs named Bella and 1,073 named Max in 2015.

Date: 05/26/2016 | Nation & World


Pierce County deputy injured after crashing into 4 cows

TACOMA — Authorities say a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy has been hospitalized after his patrol vehicle struck four cows that had wandered into the middle of the road in Roy.

Date: 05/24/2016 | Northwest


Killer Nile crocodiles in Florida? It’s possible

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Step aside, Burmese python — you may no longer be Florida’s scariest invasive species. Researchers have confirmed that three Nile crocodiles were captured near Miami, and they say it’s possible more of the man-eating reptiles are still out there, although no one can say for...

Date: 05/22/2016 | Nation & World


Last feral donkeys go up for adoption in Hawaii

HONOLULU — The last 50 wild donkeys on Hawaii's Big Island will be rounded up, marking the final step in a six-year effort to get them in adoptive homes.The donkeys are the last of more than 500 that were cast-offs from the early days of Hawaii coffee and agricultural...

Date: 05/21/2016 | Nation & World


After ‘Nemo,’ conservationists now worry about ‘Dory’

Finding the message of many films can be challenging, but the moral of “Finding Nemo” seems pretty straightforward: Leave fish in the ocean, where they belong.

Date: 05/20/2016 | Life


Animal shelter seeks public input on fee changes

EVERETT — The Everett Animal Shelter is proposing new fees and is seeking feedback from the public. The fee schedule was last changed in 2011.

Date: 05/19/2016 | Local News


New horned dinosaur species discovered in Montana by amateur

BILLINGS, Mont. — A novice fossil collector’s lucky find in a remote Montana badlands more than a decade ago represents a new kind of spectacularly-horned dinosaur, researchers announced Wednesday.

Date: 05/18/2016 | Northwest


UW researchers test drug to see if it extends a dog’s life

SEATTLE — Researchers at the University of Washington are testing a drug to see if it would extend a dog’s life. The drug, rapamycin, has lengthened the lives of laboratory mice. The long-term aim of the research is to find ways to treat illnesses that come with age in...

Date: 05/17/2016 | Northwest


New York state lawmakers ponder ban on declawing cats

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York would be the first state to ban the declawing of cats under a legislative proposal that has divided veterinarians.

Date: 05/17/2016 | Nation & World


Oregon man fined for killing 2 Alaska bald eagles

DUTCH HARBOR, Alaska — An Oregon man has pleaded guilty to killing two bald eagles in the Aleutian Islands port of Dutch Harbor.

Date: 05/11/2016 | Northwest


Seattle power restored after outage caused by animal

SEATTLE — Seattle City Light says electricity has been restored to more than 38,000 customers who had lost power after an animal entered a substation and caused a disruption in service.

Date: 05/11/2016 | Northwest


A wild tune: Alaska moose harmonizes with home’s wind chimes

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Forget “Uptown Funk.” The Alaska wild is grooving to the smooth “moose-ic” of wind chimes.

Date: 05/10/2016 | Off the Wire


Somebody is cutting the tails off horses in Michigan

KENOCKEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Reports of equine tail-hacking cases are on the rise in Michigan and though authorities are asking people to be on the lookout for perpetrators, it remains unclear if the motivation behind targeting horses and ponies is for play or profit.

Date: 05/10/2016 | Nation & World


30-year-old Siamese cat is named world’s oldest living cat

MANSFIELD, Texas — A Siamese cat born during President Ronald Reagan’s administration has been named by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living cat.Guinness says Scooter celebrated his 30th birthday on March 26. He lives in Mansfield, Texas.

Date: 05/10/2016 | Nation & World


47,000-acre ranch added to huge Montana wildlife reserve

BILLINGS, Mont. — A huge Montana nature reserve added a 47,000-acre historic ranch to its patchwork of lands along the Missouri River on Friday, a significant step in a privately funded effort to stitch together a Connecticut-sized park where bison would replace livestock and...

Date: 05/08/2016 | Nation & World


Restaurateurs decision to eat meat at home spurs vegan death threats

LOS ANGELES — At the Cafe Gratitude restaurant chain in California, waiters serve plates of vegan rice bowls, vegetable pizzas and tempeh sandwiches with names such as "Gracious," "Warm-Hearted" and "Magical."The last two weeks,...

Date: 05/06/2016 | Business Wire


Gypsy moth spraying done; state to set traps this summer

OLYMPIA — State agricultural officials have finished spraying parts of Western Washington to kill leaf-eating gypsy moths. Now, they plan to set out thousands of traps this summer to see whether those treatments worked.

Date: 05/03/2016 | Northwest


3 Oregon lawmakers hit with ethics complaint over wolf bill

PORTLAND, Ore. — An environmental group filed an ethics complaint Monday against three Oregon lawmakers, accusing them of knowingly making false statements to their colleagues about the intent of a bill that has blocked an environmentalists’ lawsuit over the delisting of the gray wolf.

Date: 05/02/2016 | Northwest


Elephants perform for final time at Ringling Bros. circus

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — An elephant carrying a performer holding an American flag kicked off the final elephant performance at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, as the show closes its own chapter on a practice that has entertained audiences in America for two centuries but has...

Date: 05/01/2016 | Nation & World


Bloodhound is newest member of Spokane police department

SPOKANE — A 14-month-old bloodhound named Daisy is the newest member of the Spokane police department’s K9 unit. She was brought into the department to track missing children and vulnerable adults with her handler, Sg. Jason Reynolds, who supervises the unit.

Date: 05/01/2016 | Northwest


Airport bathrooms for pets include a fire hydrant

NEW YORK — Little Simba couldn’t wait to check it out.The toy poodle was among the first to try a special bathroom just for animals at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, among a growing number of “pet relief facilities” being installed at major air hubs across the nation.

Date: 05/01/2016 | Off the Wire


Effort to save injured bald eagle fails

MONROE — A bald eagle was found injured on the side of U.S. 2 east of Monroe around 10:30 a.m. Friday and died about an hour later.

Date: 05/01/2016 | Local News


Crow magnum

As thousands darken the sky, researchers descend on Bothell

Date: 05/01/2016 | Local News


33 rescued circus lions airlifted to South Africa

JOHANNESBURG — The roars of lions filled the cargo section of Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport Saturday evening as 33 lions rescued from South American circuses landed in South Africa where they will be released into a bush sanctuary for big cats.It was...

Date: 04/30/2016 | Nation & World


Kenya burns 105 tons of ivory tusks to protest poaching

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya’s president set fire Saturday to 105 tons of elephant ivory and more than 1 ton of rhino horn, believed to be the largest stockpile ever destroyed, in a dramatic statement by this East African country against the trade in ivory and products from endangered species.

Date: 04/30/2016 | Nation & World


Weasel knocks out world’s largest atom smasher

GENEVA — It’s one of the physics world’s most complex machines, and it has been immobilized — temporarily — by a weasel.

Date: 04/29/2016 | Off the Wire


Put theirs in a doggie bag

 While their best friends sniff around, customers line up Wednesday at a food truck in the parking lot outside Builders Exchange of Washington, where Dawn Ford, of The Seattle Barkery, sells dog and human treats. Most of the early customers work at Builders Exchange, whose...

Date: 04/29/2016 | Local News


Environmental groups sue over bull trout recovery plan

KALISPELL, Mont. — Two environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s plan to recover threatened bull trout.

Date: 04/25/2016 | Northwest


Man treated for rabid bat bite in Oregon

ALBANY, Ore. — A man is undergoing treatment after being bitten by a bat carrying the state’s first confirmed case of rabies this year.

Date: 04/24/2016 | Northwest


Polly just needed someone who understood

EVERETT — Polly eventually came down, but it took a handful of granola and someone who could speak her language.The parrot escaped from her home in downtown Everett earlier this week. On Wednesday morning, she was perched in the trees outside the Wall Street Building,...

Date: 04/23/2016 | Local News


Recovering sea turtles flown from Seattle to San Diego

SEATTLE — Two sea turtles that landed sickly and malnourished on shores far beyond their normal living range have been flown aboard a U.S. Coast Guard plane from Seattle to San Diego to finish rehabilitation.

Date: 04/21/2016 | Northwest


State to spray over Tacoma, Seattle to kill gypsy moths

OLYMPIA — State agriculture officials are spraying parts of Tacoma and Seattle this week to kill leaf-eating gypsy moths.

Date: 04/19/2016 | Northwest


New dinosaur theory: 50 million years of whimpering, then a bang

What killed the dinosaurs? It’s a question scientists are still trying to answer, and the case isn’t going to be closed anytime soon. But a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides a new twist: According to the new research, dinosaurs may have been on a...

Date: 04/19/2016 | Nation & World


Violins and veggies

Tiny busker from Camano Island promotes animal welfare

Date: 04/19/2016 | The Chat


Oregon wildlife officials monitoring bats for deadly fungus

MEDFORD, Ore. — Wildlife officials in Oregon say they are keeping a close eye on bats this spring after reports of a deadly fungal strain in Washington.

Date: 04/18/2016 | Northwest


Long-living Sumatran tiger euthanized at Honolulu Zoo

HONOLULU — Officials say a female Sumatran tiger at the Honolulu Zoo that is thought to be the longest-living one in captivity has been euthanized at age 25.Djelita, who turned 25 on March 26, was euthanized Sunday after showing signs of decline, The Honolulu Advertiser reported.

Date: 04/17/2016 | Nation & World


Pet-friendly offices can cause complications

WASHINGTON — There's Lily, the chief executive's dog, who clocks in 60 hours a week in a corner office; Miles, a 9-pound charmer who recently received a company award; and Harriet, a springer spaniel mix who almost always falls asleep in meetings.For years, all three...

Date: 04/16/2016 | Business Wire


Teens arrested for throwing chicken in bonfire, sheriff says

Two juveniles were arrested for animal cruelty after allegedly dousing a chicken with gasoline and throwing it in a bonfire on Camano Island, according to Island County Sheriff Mark Brown.

Date: 04/15/2016 | Local News


Longview considers squirrel for official city mascot

LONGVIEW — 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.

Date: 04/14/2016 | Northwest


Octopus slips out of tank, escapes down drain to ocean

Inky the octopus didn't even try to cover his tracks.By the time the staff at New Zealand's National Aquarium noticed that he was missing, telltale suction cup prints were the main clue to an easily-solved mystery.Inky had said see ya to his tank-mate, slipped...

Date: 04/13/2016 | Nation & World


Seattle food truck now caters to canines

SEATTLE — Stand on any block around lunchtime near Amazon.com’s downtown Seattle headquarters and there are two common sights: people walking their dogs and people buying lunch at food trucks.

Date: 04/13/2016 | Business Wire


Police arrest man in hanging, sexual assault of dog

THURSTON COUNTY — A man has been charged in connection with the sexual assault and hanging of a dog in Thurston County.The Olympian reported that James Leroy Evans appeared in court Monday on one count of animal cruelty. Evans was arrested in Saturday in Grays Harbor County.

Date: 04/12/2016 | Northwest


Complaint filed over death of elephant in Oklahoma City Zoo

OKLAHOMA CITY — An animal advocacy group in Seattle has filed a complaint with the Oklahoma State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiner’s over the death of an Asian elephant at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

Date: 04/08/2016 | Northwest


Report: Seattle firm kept goats, sheep in unsafe conditions

SEATTLE — A federal inspection of a Seattle medical research firm has found that dozens of goats and sheep used for medical research suffered severe health issues from being kept in dirty, unsafe conditions.

Date: 04/06/2016 | Northwest


Scratching the surface with cat spay-neuter clinic director

Jason Thompson, 34, is executive director at Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project, a Lynnwood clinic that provides low cost spay and neuter services. The clinic,4001 198th St. SW, recently altered its 100,000th cat, a year-old female Siamese mix...

Date: 04/05/2016 | The Chat


Boat crew sees rare orca attack on gray whales in Puget Sound

Crews from the Pacific Whale Watch Association witnessed a rarely-seen attack by a pod of orcas on gray whales in Puget Sound near Everett this past Saturday. 

Date: 04/04/2016 | Explore NW


3 endangered leopard cubs born at Tacoma zoo

TACOMA — Officials say a clouded leopard has given birth to three healthy cubs at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma.Zoo officials say the birth of the cubs is a crucial step in increasing the number of the animals, which are endangered.

Date: 04/02/2016 | Northwest


Rare leopard with kidney disease euthanized at Oregon zoo

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon zoo officials say a rare leopard was euthanized at the zoo in Portland after a decline due to her advanced age.Zoo officials said the Amur leopard named Kia died Tuesday.

Date: 03/29/2016 | Northwest


Endangered Puget Sound orcas to get personal health records

SEATTLE — The endangered killer whales that spend time off Washington state are among the most closely studied wildlife, and the research on them is expected to get even more in-depth.

Date: 03/29/2016 | Northwest


53 Iditarod sled dogs, 4 mushers camping on Nisqually tribal land

THURSTON COUNTY — Fifty-three sled dogs and four mushers who competed in the Iditarod in Alaska are now camping on Nisqually tribal land in Washington state.

Date: 03/29/2016 | Northwest


Oregon AG: Wolf delisting bill likely moots case

PORTLAND, Ore. — Two weeks after the signing of new legislation that upholds in state law the delisting of the gray wolf as endangered, Oregon’s top attorney has now launched an effort to end wolf advocates’ lawsuit once and for all.

Date: 03/29/2016 | Northwest


Looking for a friend?

Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (8 new photos)

Date: 03/28/2016 | Fur & Feathers


Bison coming ‘home’ to Montana Indian reservation

BILLINGS, Mont. — Descendants of a bison herd captured and sent to Canada more than a century ago will be relocated to a Montana American Indian reservation next month, in what tribal leaders bill as a homecoming for a species emblematic of their traditions.

Date: 03/27/2016 | Nation & World


Hawaii lawmakers look to ban ivory

HONOLULU — Cheryl Konrad has spent the last 35 years educating visitors to her Lahaina, Hawaii, store about the centuries-old history of scrimshaw.

Date: 03/27/2016 | Nation & World


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

SEATTLE — Woodland Park Zoo officials say North America’s oldest orangutan born in a zoo has died after struggling with respiratory problems.

Date: 03/25/2016 | Northwest


Thurston County officials seize 33 malnourished alpacas

TACOMA — Two animal rescue organizations working to care for 33 emaciated alpacas seized by the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office are asking for donations to help care for the creatures.

Date: 03/24/2016 | Northwest


Rainbow-colored bird draws bird watchers to Vermont town

PITTSFIELD, Vt. — A rare bird described as a “flying rainbow” that normally doesn’t fly north of the Carolinas on the East Coast has turned up in a small town in Vermont, drawing hundreds of bird watchers to Pittsfield hoping to catch a glimpse of the painted bunting.

Date: 03/23/2016 | Nation & World


Diners scatter when man drops giant python in L.A. restaurant

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police say diners scattered when a man dropped a 13-foot python on the floor of a sushi restaurant.

Date: 03/22/2016 | Nation & World


Handle cute with care

Chicks not properly cared for can pose health risks to humans

Date: 03/22/2016 | Local News


Bald eagle dies at Oregon wildlife center following fight

GEARHART, Ore. — A bald eagle has died at a wildlife rescue center in Oregon after being seriously injured in a fight with another eagle.

Date: 03/21/2016 | Northwest


Bighorn sheep ruling could have ramifications on Western grazing

BOISE, Idaho — A ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recognizing a connection between bighorn sheep die-offs and diseases transmitted by domestic sheep could have far-reaching ramifications on federal grazing allotments in the West.

Date: 03/20/2016 | Northwest


N. Idaho woman’s dog caught in wolf trap on side of road

CLARK FORK, Idaho — A northern Idaho woman is calling for changes to the state’s trapping laws after her dog was caught in a wolf trap while she was cross-country skiing on a road.

Date: 03/20/2016 | Northwest


Ocean acidification puts marine life at risk

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — A new study, based on the most extensive set of measurements ever made in tide pools, suggests that ocean acidification will increasingly put many marine organisms at risk by exacerbating normal changes in ocean chemistry that occur overnight.

Date: 03/20/2016 | Nation & World


Cam shows baby bald eagle hatching at National Arboretum

WASHINGTON — A baby bald eagle was born at 8:27 a.m. Friday at the National Arboretum in Northeast Washington.The American Eagle Foundation said "it is confirmed the eaglet is out and alive." A second eaglet is likely to hatch over the weekend. The Bald...

Date: 03/19/2016 | Nation & World


When poodles raced in the Iditarod, they weren’t half bad

Maybe it was his California upbringing. Perhaps it was his bent for seeing a joke in just about anything. For whatever reason, when Alaska transplant John Suter saw a miniature poodle eagerly running to keep up with his snowmobile, an improbable thought occurred to him: Now there's a...

Date: 03/17/2016 | Nation & World


Everett settles suit over animal shelter records

EVERETT — The city of Everett has approved a settlement with Jonathan Bander over access to public records. Bander sued the city last month after staff at the Everett Animal Shelter wouldn’t give him a record of a dog in the...

Date: 03/17/2016 | Local News


Dog presumed drowned found 5 weeks later

SAN DIEGO — Fishermen like to tell stories, but Nick Haworth will have a whopper of a tale. The California man’s beloved dog, Luna, has returned more than a month after she fell overboard in the Pacific Ocean and was presumed drowned.

Date: 03/17/2016 | Nation & World


Oregon man sues over ‘dangerous’ llama, misses court date

MEDFORD, Ore. — An Oregon man is suing farm owners after he broke his leg in a confrontation with their llama.

Date: 03/16/2016 | Northwest


Wolf delisting decision officially ratified into Oregon law

PORTLAND, Ore. — Last year’s decision to remove the gray wolf from Oregon’s endangered species list was upheld in state law Tuesday with Gov. Kate Brown’s signature — likely blocking an environmentalist lawsuit from moving forward.

Date: 03/15/2016 | Northwest


Zoo says elephant died from teeth abnormalities

SEATTLE — 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 from chewing food properly.

Date: 03/15/2016 | Northwest


Bill to allow owners to retrieve cattle in wildland fires

YAKIMA — The Washington Legislature has approved a bill that would allow livestock owners to enter wildfire zones to retrieve their animals, provided they don’t interfere with firefighting operations.

Date: 03/14/2016 | Northwest


Dog lands on the wrong side of the law

PHOENIX — A puppy landed on the wrong side of the law with the Phoenix police, or rather the underside of it.Police say the dog became stuck in the undercarriage of a patrol vehicle Wednesday.Sgt. Vincent Lewis says the canine run-in happened when an...

Date: 03/11/2016 | Nation & World


Yellowstone bison sent to slaughter as park trims herd

GARDINER, Mont. — Yellowstone National Park started shipping many of its famous wild bison to slaughter Wednesday to drive down the size of the park’s herds and respond to concerns by the livestock industry over a disease carried by the animals.

Date: 03/09/2016 | Northwest


Leader of Western governors: Change endangered species plan

DENVER — The nation needs to change the way it protects endangered species because the current practice is bogged down in lawsuits and weakened by mistrust, the head of the Western Governors Association said Wednesday.

Date: 03/09/2016 | Northwest


Report critical of WSU bear research center

PULLMAN — A new report is critical of Washington State University’s bear research center in Pullman.Concerns about the well-being of WSU’s grizzly population prompted the university to investigate the facility last fall.

Date: 03/09/2016 | Northwest


Sex offender accused of beating dog with golf club in Everett

EVERETT — A Leavenworth man was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of animal cruelty after allegations he beat a dog with a golf club.Four witnesses, including the dog’s owner, provided statements to police after a Feb. 29 incident in the 3500 block of Everett Avenue.

Date: 03/08/2016 | Local News


His path is vetted

Cedar Park Christian senior Nick Muir wants to be a veterinarian

Date: 03/07/2016 | Local News


Looking for a friend?

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

Date: 03/07/2016 | Fur & Feathers


Mushers set off from Alaska town as Iditarod race begins

WILLOW, Alaska — Eighty-five mushers set off Sunday to conquer the toughest terrain this nation has to offer, vying to become the first to reach Alaska’s western coast with their dog teams.

Date: 03/06/2016 | Northwest


Military dogs return home to help veterans heal, aid kids

Even heroes need help sometimes. For some of our brave service members, coming back from war is not the end of the battle. Every veteran, including the military dogs who serve valiantly alongside human handlers, deserves our utmost attention and care upon their return.I...

Date: 03/06/2016 | Commentary


Navy base has a feral cat problem

GROTON, Conn. — Feral cats are stalking a submarine base in Connecticut, and officials say anyone caught feeding the felines will face disciplinary action.The Day reported officials at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton have stepped up enforcement of a policy to not...

Date: 03/03/2016 | Nation & World


Dog owner’s Facebook posts prompt investigation

EVERETT — Animal control officers in Everett are investigating allegations of animal abuse involving an Everett dog owner.

Date: 03/02/2016 | Local News


Oregon’s wolf population now exceeds 100

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon now has more than 100 wolves.The state Department of Fish and Wildlife released its annual wolf report Monday, and it shows Oregon had 110 known wolves in 2015, a 36 percent increase over the year before.

Date: 02/29/2016 | Northwest


Wildlife secrets revealed with advanced tracking devices

BOISE, Idaho — Solar-powered trackers on wings have recorded California condors soaring to 15,000 feet, while locators attached to humpback whales have revealed 1,000-foot dives to underwater mountains. And GPS collars on Yellowstone grizzly bears are giving new insights into one of the most...

Date: 02/29/2016 | Northwest


State investigating after Salma Hayek’s dog found dead

YELM — Authorities are investigating after actress Salma Hayek’s dog was found shot to death on her ranch about 70 miles south of Seattle.A Thurston County Sheriff’s spokesman says a deputy received a report on Feb. 19, has talked to the actress and is investigating.

Date: 02/29/2016 | Northwest


Missing orca calf presumed dead

FRIDAY HARBOR — Amid a baby boom for Puget Sound’s resident orcas, one of the new calves is missing and presumed dead.

Date: 02/28/2016 | Northwest


106 invasive pythons captured in Florida hunt

The 106 Burmese pythons captured over a monthlong hunt won't help control Florida's invasive snake population, but wildlife officials said Saturday that doesn't matter as much as the awareness they bring to the state's environmental concerns.Thousands of pythons, far from...

Date: 02/27/2016 | Nation & World


Busy as bees

Snohomish kids are fighting the insect's decline

Date: 02/26/2016 | Local News


Environmentalists sue for more rules to protect sage grouse

BILLINGS, Mont. — Environmental groups sued Thursday to force the Obama administration to impose more restrictions on oil and gas drilling, grazing and other activities blamed for the decline of greater sage grouse across the American West.

Date: 02/25/2016 | Northwest


Family says it was removed from flight over boy’s allergies

SEATTLE — An Arizona family is now home after they were removed from a plane in Bellingham, Washington, when their son experienced an allergic reaction to dogs aboard a flight.

Date: 02/25/2016 | Northwest


State wildlife officials begin wildlife status reviews

OLYMPIA — State wildlife officials say they are beginning wildlife status reviews on species that are listed by the state as endangered, threatened or sensitive.

Date: 02/25/2016 | Northwest


Donor accuses Columbia Human Society of misusing money

LONGVIEW, Wash. — A donor to the Columbia Human Society has filed a lawsuit against the nonprofit after he earmarked a donation for an onsite spay and neuter clinic that was never built.

Date: 02/25/2016 | Northwest


Wolf delisting bill heads to Senate in Oregon for final vote

SALEM, Ore. — A contentious proposal to uphold last year’s decision to remove the gray wolf from the state’s endangered species list has cleared one of its last major hurdles at the Oregon Legislature.

Date: 02/23/2016 | Northwest


Amtrak to welcome small pets on Cascades trains

OLYMPIA — State officials say small dogs and cats will be able to travel with their families on Amtrak Cascades trains starting in early March.Washington Department of Transportation Rail Director Ron Pate says previously only service animals were allowed the on the trains.

Date: 02/23/2016 | Northwest


It's for the animals

Arlington wildlife center remodels between ‘baby seasons’

Date: 02/23/2016 | Local News


Monkeys confiscated from Pasco couple who ‘could not have children’

PASCO — A Pasco couple who say they bought two capuchin monkeys because they couldn’t have children want the animals back after they were seized by animal control officials.

Date: 02/21/2016 | Northwest


Zoo: Elephant sent from Seattle to Oklahoma died of infection

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden says a necropsy has been performed on the 37-year-old Asian elephant named Chai.The zoo said Sunday that tissue samples were sent to an independent lab to help determine cause of death.

Date: 02/21/2016 | Northwest


This baby girl needs a name

She’s as cute as a button with big brown eyes and fluffy hair. All this baby girl needs is a name.Woodland Park Zoo wants your help in naming a new baby gorilla. The winner gets gifts from the zoo and an up-close visit with baby what’s-her-name.

Date: 02/21/2016 | Life




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