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Population of North American sage-grouse sharply declining: study

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The number of breeding males in the greater sage-grouse population of the United States and part of Canada has declined by 56 percent in recent years, in a sign of trouble for the ground-dwelling bird, a study released on Friday showed. The study from the Pew Charitable Trusts comes as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prepares to make a decision before the end of September on whether the bird should be protected under the Endangered Species Act. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced on that a sub-species of the sage-grouse found in California and Nevada did not require protection under the Endangered Species Act. Millions of sage-grouse are believed to have once inhabited a broad expanse of the Western United States and Canada.

Dallas Zoo giraffe whose birth was seen online named Kipenzi

File - In this April 14, 2015 file photo provided by the Dallas Zoo, a calf and its mother stand in the maternity stall at the zoo, in Dallas. The calf was born Friday, April 10, weighing 139 pounds and standing 5 feet, 10 inches tall. On Friday, April 24, 2015, the officials announce that the name Kipenzi (kih-PEHN-zee) has been chosen after more than 50,000 votes were cast after zookeepers offered up three choices. It means “loved one” in Swahili. (Cathy Burkey/Dallas Zoo via AP, File) DALLAS (AP) — A giraffe born at the Dallas Zoo as people around the world watched online has been named.

PETA claims victory for animal rights in demise of SeaWorld Trainer Barbie

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Mattel Inc said on Friday it has ended production of its SeaWorld Trainer Barbie doll, a move cheered by an animal rights group that has been a leading critic of SeaWorld for its treatment of killer whales. Mattel spokesman Alex Clark said production of the doll ended when a license agreement with SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment expired last year. SeaWorld, which operates parks in San Diego, San Antonio, and Orlando, Florida, has seen other business deals, including one with SouthWest Airlines, fall apart since the 2013 CNN documentary "Blackfish" presented a critical view of how the company treats killer whales, also called orcas.

Dispute flares over controversial Thai temple tigers

"The Tiger Temple" in western Thailand has long proved a hit among tourists who flock there to be photographed next to the monks and their huge feline pets Thai wildlife officials began a headcount Friday of nearly 150 tigers kept by monks at a temple which has become the centre of a dispute over the welfare of the animals. Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua in Thailand's western Kanchanaburi province -- commonly known as "The Tiger Temple" -- has long proved a hit among tourists who flock there to visit the monks and be photographed next to their huge feline pets. Thailand's Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) said earlier this week it planned to take the animals away on Friday. "We have come to check and scan the tigers to see whether the numbers match what we have or not," DNP official Somsak Poopet told AFP, adding his department said they had been told there should be 147 tigers at the temple.

Abandoned Baby Tiger Triplets Thrive with Zoo's Aid

Abandoned Baby Tiger Triplets Thrive with Zoo's Aid Three male Amur tiger cubs were born Tuesday (April 21) at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell, Ohio. The baby tigers each weighed 2.5 pounds (1.1 kilograms) at birth, which falls within the typical range of 1.5 to 3 pounds (0.7 to 1.4 kg) for tiger cubs, according to zoo staff. The cubs are now in an incubator, but they are feeding vigorously and are already looking strong, zoo officials said. At such an old age and with one undersized ovary, "there were a number of strikes against her," said Harry Peachey, curator of Asia Quest at the Columbus Zoo.

Wisconsin church ends pig wrestling after advocates raise stink

By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A four-decade tradition of people mud-wrestling pigs at a Wisconsin church's summer fundraiser has been halted after 81,000 people signed an online petition pressed by animal rights activists who raised concerns about animal abuse. The "Original Pig Rassle" will be replaced this August after 44 years by a human mud foosball tournament, St. Patrick's Parish in Stephensville, Wisconsin, said in a statement. "We are simply doing something different this year ... we are simply moving in a different direction," Deacon Ken Bilgrien said Wednesday. Bilgrien declined to discuss the controversy that has engulfed the fundraiser for the church, which is about 35 miles west of Green Bay in central Wisconsin.

Sage-grouse in California, Nevada excluded from federal protection

The U.S. government denied protection on Tuesday to a type of prairie bird found in Nevada and California in a victory for mining and ranching groups who feared sage-grouse protections could restrict their livelihoods. Federal officials said the move to exempt the so-called bi-state population of greater sage grouse from Endangered Species Act protection comes as the federal government considers whether to impose measures to protect a broader species of the bird that lives in nearly a dozen U.S. states. The U.S. Department of the Interior said a key factor in Tuesday's decision was a $45 million conservation plan developed by federal and state officials and others to ensure the health of the animal. It has sound science behind it, that's the only way we can make these decisions" U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said at an event in Reno, Nevada, where she was joined by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, a Republican.

Agency: Humpback whales' recovery is national success story

In this July 11, 2008 file photo, a trio of humpback whales break the surface of the water as they work together in a group behavior known as "bubble feeding" off the coast of Cape Cod near Provincetown, Mass. The federal government is proposing removing most of the world's humpback whale population from the endangered species list. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries announced on Monday, Apr. 20, 2015 that they want to reclassify humpbacks into 14 distinct populations, and remove 10 of those from the list. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) HONOLULU (AP) — The humpback whale became the unofficial symbol for the conservation movement in the last century.

U.S. proposes lifting protections for most humpback whales

Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer and fisheries officer stand guard, as tide comes in, over humpback whale that beached itself in White Rock U.S. fisheries managers on Monday proposed lifting protections for most humpback whales around the globe, including in American waters, based on evidence the mammals have made a strong comeback since commercial whaling drove them near extinction. The humpback whale is currently listed as endangered throughout its range. The stripping of safeguards under the Endangered Species Act means U.S. ships and commercial fishermen in international waters would no longer be bound by law to check levels of underwater noise that could constitute harassment of the whales, while vessel strikes that kill or injure the humpbacks might not be closely tracked.

Agency proposes lifting protections for most humpback whales

This Sept. 7, 2005 photo released by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows a humpback whale diving among an aggregation of short-tailed shearwaters in Cape Cheerful, near Unalaska, Alaska. The federal government is proposing removing most of the world's humpback whale population from the endangered species list. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries announced on Monday, April 20, 2015 that they want to reclassify humpbacks into 14 distinct populations, and remove 10 of those from the list. (Brenda Rone/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via AP) HONOLULU (AP) — The federal government on Monday proposed removing most of the world's humpback whales from the endangered species list, saying the massive mammals have rebounded after 45 years of protection and restoration efforts.

Gray whales' Pacific crossing leads to questions of origin

This Sept. 13, 2010 photo provided by the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute shows a western Pacific gray whale near Sakhalin Island in Russia. Research by U.S. and Russian scientists who tracked rare western Pacific gray whales across the Bering Sea and all the way to Mexico have led them to question whether they are a separate species or simply California gray whales expanding their feeding grounds. (Craig Hayslip/OSU Marine Mammal Institute via AP) ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A study of the migration of rare western Pacific gray whales has led U.S. and Russian scientists to question whether they're a separate population or simply California gray whales that have expanded their feeding grounds.

Eye contact helped dogs become our friends

A study in the US journal Science suggests that humans and dogs experience increased oxytocin levels via mutual eye contact The secret to puppy love is in the eyes, researchers said Thursday after studying how that locking gaze boosts the love hormone, oxytocin, in both dogs and people. The study by Japanese researchers in the US journal Science suggests that humans and dogs co-evolved to become close over the centuries via the mutual eye contact and the higher levels of oxytocin, which fosters trust and emotional connection, that it builds.

Thousands of U.S. Midwest dogs infected with Asian flu variety

A woman plays with a dog along a partially frozen beach in Chicago By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A new strain of dog flu from Asia that started infecting pets in Chicago this January has spread to thousands of dogs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana and killed six, animal health officials said. The canine influenza virus (CIV) currently affecting dogs in the Midwest is a strain known as H3N2, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Cornell University. Symptoms of the flu include a persistent cough, runny nose, lack of appetite and fever. It is not known how the H3N2 strain was introduced into Chicago but it could have been a dog from Asia who was a carrier and did not have active symptoms, said Keith Poulsen, diagnostic and case outreach coordinator with the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

'Puppy Eyes' Help Dogs Bond with Humans, Study Suggests

'Puppy Eyes' Help Dogs Bond with Humans, Study Suggests Because dogs don't otherwise use eye contact as a way to cement bonds with other dogs, the study researchers suggest that man's best friend may have gotten its prized place in human hearts by tapping into an ancient human bonding pathway. "We humans use eye gaze for affiliative communications, and are very much sensitive to eye contact," study co-author Takefumi Kikusui, a professor of veterinary medicine at the Companion Animal Research Lab at Azabu University in Japan, said in an email.

Canine flu outbreak sickens hundreds of dogs in Midwest

In this Tuesday, April 14, 2015, caretaker Dallas Delgado interacts with a dog at the First Class Pet Lodge in Wausau, Wis. A canine flu outbreak has sickened many dogs in the Midwest, and veterinarians are cautioning pet owners to keep their dogs from going nose-to-nose with other four-legged friends. (Dan Young/The Wausau Daily Herald via AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A canine flu outbreak has sickened many dogs in the Midwest, and veterinarians are cautioning pet owners to keep their dogs from going nose-to-nose with other four-legged friends.

Plight of imperiled Montana insect draws lawsuit

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates asked a judge Wednesday to force federal officials to decide if a rare aquatic insect that's found only in Montana's Glacier National Park should be protected under the Endangered Species Act.

U.S. sued to curb deaths of sea turtles by shrimping industry

A Green Sea turtle swims over a reef near the surf break known as 'Pipeline' on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Environmentalists seeking to curb the deaths of an estimated 53,000 sea turtles each year from getting caught in commercial shrimp nets off the southeastern United States sued federal regulators on Wednesday for stronger protections. Oceana, an ocean conservation group, is suing the National Marine Fisheries Service to force the agency to enact closer monitoring of and stricter limits on the number of turtles that can be caught and killed by the Gulf of Mexico and southeast Atlantic shrimping industry. "If people knew that their order of shrimp cocktail came with a side of government-authorized sea turtle, they would be horrified," Oceana lawyer Eric Bilsky said in a statement. The fisheries service has estimated that 500,000 loggerhead, green, leatherback, hawksbill and Kemp's ridley sea turtles, all listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act, are injured in some way each year by shrimp fishing gear, according to the lawsuit.

Cats chat with us through meows, blinks and roving whiskers

Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA and author of the new National Geographic book “How to Speak Cat, observes the actions of Pepper, a black and white resident of Humane Society shelter Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to cats, those meows mean ... well, a lot of things.

Sea Dogs Beat Rock Cats To End Skid

Portland, Maine — William Cuevas, making his Double A debut, allowed one run and four hits in five innings as the Portland Sea Dogs beat the New Britain Rock Cats 4-1 Tuesday night at Hadlock Field.

County says there are 5,000 cats living on the streets

Tuesday afternoon, the director of Clay County Animal Care and Control went before the Clay County Commission to ask for financial help to combat the county’s large feral cat problem.

Purrfect friend for homeless cats

MOVE over Catwoman, there’s a new group of modern day superheroes in town. Barbara Jackson and her team have rescued more than 700 cats since creating Wild Cats in 2010.

Rock Cats Home Opener on Thursday Night at NB Stadium

New Britain, CT- The New Britain Rock Cats Baseball Club, the Double-A Eastern League Affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, will host OPENING NIGHT 2015 this Thursday, April 16 at 6:35 PM against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate).

Dogs reunited with owners far more than cats

Sometimes people maybe assume something bad has happened to their cat. Maybe they don’t look quite as hard. I do think cats aren’t maybe regarded as much as dogs. — Andrea McDonald, Coquitlam City Hall

More concerns about Raleigh neighborhood dogs: woman’s dog killed

Police were called again about a group of vicious dogs in one local neighborhood.

Releasing feral cats raises concerns

The Orange County animal shelter starts to get busy around this time of the year as people bring in newborn kittens and pregnant mother cats.Celesta Peterson, who has volunteered at the shelter for eight years, said she used to walk past feral cat...

Sick coyotes' habits boost encounters with humans

Certain coyotes are known to have frequent unnerving encounters with humans and their pets in residential neighbourhoods, and scientists now have an explanation. It turns out that coyotes infected with a common skin parasite tend to develop habits that make them problem animals. "These coyotes that were losing their hair and were sick were more likely to run into people in residential areas ...

Yates, Sea Dogs agree to split in surprising move

Sea Dogs couldn't replicate the magic behind their hot start, and it leads to a mutual parting-of-ways for coach and team.

It's a Girl! Healthy Giraffe Born at Dallas Zoo

It's a Girl! Healthy Giraffe Born at Dallas Zoo The giraffe born at the Dallas Zoo last week is a healthy baby girl, according to a zoo spokeswoman. The spindly-legged bundle of joy weighs 139 lbs. (63 kilograms) and stands 5 feet 10 inches (1.8 meters) tall, said Laurie Holloway, the Dallas Zoo's director of communications and social media. The zoo is holding a public vote to name the calf later this week, Holloway told Live Science. Animal Planet installed 10 cameras in the zoo's maternity barn to give at-home viewers a chance to witness the remarkable event live and learn about the state of these animals in the wild.

QC’s ‘4 pets per house’ ordinance repealed

First, the good news: The controversial animal regulation ordinance limiting the number of cats and dogs Quezon City residents can keep has become null and void following the approval of another one which does not contain the provision.   The bad news, however, is that the "four domesticated animals per household" policy may still be incorporated into the implementing rules and regulations (IRR ...

McDonald in for Pussycat Doll in Cats

Jane McDonald replaces pop star Nicole Scherzinger in the lead role in Cats musical when it goes to Blackpool.

11 adorable pets who have waited up to FIVE YEARS for a home - can you help?

Meet the UK's 'most unwanted' rescue pets who should have found their families a long time ago...

Pot For Spot: Can Marijuana Treat Pets?

Marijuana legalization is spreading across the U.S. and people everywhere are touting its beneficial effects on a variety of different illnesses. Medical marijuana is becoming an increasingly popular treatment ...

New Britain Talking Baseball In 2016 As Rock Cats Open Final Season

When a baseball player is cut from a team, he may stagger, reeling, but the phone will ring if his career still has life.

Don't press paws: how DogTV built a global TV channel for man's best friends

No cats allowed on the first TV station for dogs, which wants to relieve separation anxiety: ‘People feel really guilty leaving their dogs at home...’ “We had some cats, but we found out that dogs do not react well to cats. So there are no cats on DogTV any more,” says Ron Levi, midway through explaining the origin story of the world’s first TV channel for dogs. For dogs. Not about dogs ...

Rescued Cats Transform Inmates’ Lives With Love

Inmates and cats are helping each other at a prison in Indiana, the Pendleton Correctional facility. A dozen shelter cats are part of a program where inmates take turns caring for the feline residents, according to ABC News Channel 57. They feed them, brush them, pet them, and clean their space. The cats play with Rescued Cats Transform Inmates’ Lives With Love is an article from: The Inquisitr ...

Dogs rescued in Kankakee County receiving help from PAWS Chicago

A raid on an alleged puppy mill had a happy ending.

Pilots help doomed dogs land new lives

For some dogs, a chance at the good life takes off when the pilots do. Groups such as California-based Wings of Rescue or South Carolina-based Pilots N Paws lead the charge, recruiting pilots to volunteer their planes, fuel and time in a trend that's growing as more dogs end up in shelters and more people seek out canine love. Both pilot groups encourage spaying and neutering as a solution but ...

Giraffe cam at Dallas Zoo shows birth of new calf

In this April 12, 2015 photo provided by the Dallas Zoo, a calf and its mother stand at the maternity stall at the zoo in Dallas. The calf was born Friday, April 10 — weighing 139 pounds and standing 5 feet, 10 inches tall. (Chelsea Stover/Dallas Zoo via AP) DALLAS (AP) — The newest giraffe at the Dallas Zoo has millions of fans just days after its birth thanks to a camera streaming live video of the calf playing and nuzzling with its mother.

Tips to Protect Your Pets During an Emergency

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department reminds the public to be ready and have a plan of action in case a disaster occurs in your area. With that, the Fire Department has released a tip sheet to ensure your pets are protected during an emergency.

Gwinnett animal shelter still closed; dogs appear to have pneumonia

As of Monday, 23 dogs at the Gwinnett animal shelter were sick. One had died. The Gwinnett County Animal Shelter has been closed since Friday. Free access to myAJC for AJC subscribers.

Mother charged for dropping boy in Ohio zoo cheetah enclosure

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio day care worker has been charged with child endangerment after she allegedly dropped her 2-year-old son into a cheetah enclosure at a Cleveland zoo on the weekend, court documents showed on Monday. Michelle Schwab, 38, of Delaware, Ohio, who works as an assistant director for a daycare center, will be arraigned on Wednesday, April 22 in a Cleveland court for one count of children endangerment, a misdemeanor, a court official said. Witness said Schwab was holding her son over an observation wall at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo when he fell several feet into the enclosure. Schwab has been an assistant director at KinderCare, a Columbus-area daycare facility.

Neglected dogs rescued by Virginia shelter arrived with half their weight in matted hair

The dogs have been groomed and the plan is to put them up for adoption.

Guard dogs for the super rich

Harrison K-9, an Aiken, South Carolina-based importer and trainer of top German shepherds, is seeing growing demand for its highly skilled guard dogs.

Lend a PAW and Help Pet Valu Reach $5 Million for Homeless Pets

Editors Note: There are two photo's associated with this press release.

Dogs Can Literally Sniff Out Prostate Cancer With Over 97% Accuracy, Study Finds

Dogs really are man's best friend - especially when it comes to sniffing out potentially lethal cancers , a new study has found. Research suggests that dogs can detect prostate cancer in roughly 98% of cases, simply through sniffing a man's urine. The findings have been hailed as "spectacular" by the co-founder of charity Medical Detection Dogs . The study, which was conducted by the Department ...

Why People Care More About Pets Than Other Humans

Newspaper editors tell me animal abuse stories often get more responses from readers than articles about violence against humans. Do Americans really care more about pets that people? The post Why People Care More About Pets Than Other Humans appeared first on WIRED .

Pet Salon: Baby Care Kids Game

Arent cats and dogs so cute! Cats have the cutest little noses and are so fuzzy, and dogs are so playful, loyal and brave! What could...

Yarmouth Veterinary Center Urges Warm Weather Preparation for Pets

YARMOUTH, Maine -- Veterinarian Dr. Louise LeBoeuf of Yarmouth Veterinary Center urges pet owners to prepare their pets for spring and summer by taking a few simple, but important steps. She says that ...

Two-year old survives fall into cheetah pen at Cleveland zoo

A two-year-old boy fell into a cheetah pen at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and hurt his leg after his mother dropped him but the wild predators in the enclosure did not approach him, zoo officials said on Saturday. The child's mother was holding him over an observation wall abutting the enclosure when she dropped him, said Metroparks Zoo spokeswoman Sanaa Julien. "The cheetahs made no attempt to interact with the child and parents at any time," Cleveland Metroparks Zoo executive director Christopher Kuhar said in a statement. The child, whose name was not released, was rescued from the enclosure and transported by ambulance to MetroHealth Hospital after sustaining a leg injury from the fall, according to a statement from Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

National Pet Day honors all pets, raises awareness of adoption

Marilyn Malara WASHINGTON, April 11 (UPI) -- Today, Americans celebrate their favorite animals -- pets -- as well as those still without a home for National Pet Day.
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