Latest Animal welfare News

Push to accelerate mustang captures draws fire in Congress

Dec. 12, 2019 1:59 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Two House committee chairmen are trying to put the brakes on money for a new Trump administration proposal to accelerate the capture of 130,000 wild horses across the West over the next 10 years. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nevada, whose high-desert state is home to about half the mustangs, also...

California commission lists yellow-legged frog as endangered

Dec. 11, 2019 11:30 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — There’s new hope for an endangered California frog that has vanished from half of its habitat. The state Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday approved protections for five of six populations of the foothill yellow-legged frog. The Center for Biological Diversity had sought...

Arkansas temporarily halted from enforcing meat-labeling law

Dec. 11, 2019 7:30 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday restricted Arkansas from enforcing a law that bans using terms such as “burger” or “sausage” to sell vegetarian and vegan products. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker granted a preliminary injunction preventing the state from...

Montana shelter caring for 39 huskies found roaming wild

Dec. 11, 2019 5:15 PM EST

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — An animal shelter is caring for 39 huskies found on a property in western Montana. Bitter Root Humane Association operations manager Cyra Saltzman said the dogs, including two litters of puppies, were rounded up the Monday before Thanksgiving on land northeast of Hamilton. Saltzman...

Mother, child attacked by rabid raccoon

Dec. 11, 2019 2:09 PM EST

WESTON, Conn. (AP) — A mother and her young child who were attacked by a rabid raccoon at a school bus stop in Connecticut last week are undergoing rabies treatment, an animal control official says. The child was getting out of a vehicle last Thursday when the raccoon “came out of nowhere”...

Hawaii state bird status goes from endangered to threatened

Dec. 10, 2019 9:59 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The federal government has changed the protection status of Hawaii’s state bird from endangered to threatened, officials said. Federal officials said the nene has been brought back from the brink of extinction through a breeding program and habitat restoration, Hawaii Public Radio...

Alaska man to accept 4-month sentence for killing polar bear

Dec. 10, 2019 9:51 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man has agreed to plead guilty to killing a polar bear without harvesting its meat, authorities said. Chris Gordon of Kaktovik reached a plea deal with prosecutors in which he will accept a maximum prison sentence of four months and a $4,500 fine, Alaska’s Energy...

Feds agree to review grizzly protections in contiguous US

Dec. 9, 2019 6:53 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials will review whether enough is being done to protect grizzly bears in the contiguous U.S. states after environmentalists sued the government to try to restore the fearsome animals to more areas, according to a court settlement approved Monday. The review must be...

Southwest Montana hunting season sees fewer hunters

Dec. 9, 2019 9:50 AM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Southwest Montana saw fewer hunters during the general hunting season this year, and the weather made it challenging for those hunters who did take the field, according to the state Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Success rates for the season, which ended Dec. 1, were within long-term...

Imperiled Utah fish bouncing back after 18 years

Dec. 8, 2019 10:47 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An imperiled fish found only in Utah Lake is starting to make a recovery after 18 years. The June sucker increased in population from only 300 to 2,000 at last count, prompting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to propose changing the species status from endangered to threatened,...