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Mosquitoes test positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Sep. 24, 2018 4:45 PM EDT

NEWTON, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire health officials say Eastern Equine Encephalitis has made its first appearance of the season in mosquitoes in Newton and Sandown. The state has tested more than 4,000 batches of mosquitoes this season for both EEE and West Nile Virus. Both can cause fever and joint pain,...

Bald eagle with lead poisoning recovering at raptor center

Sep. 24, 2018 4:13 PM EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — This wasn't how Janet Medley wanted to spot a bald eagle. The Athol woman and her family were enjoying Lake Pend Oreille over Labor Day weekend when they found a helpless male eagle on the bank. "He was wet and very sick and weak," Medley told the Coeur d'Alene Press . "It got...

New York state makes it illegal to lease dogs and cats

Sep. 24, 2018 2:32 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state will soon make it illegal to finance the purchase of dogs, cats or other companion animals through lease-to-own schemes. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed legislation taking effect in 90 days that will ban the practice of using a pet as security for financing...

DNR survey shows Minnesota's wolf population remains stable

Sep. 24, 2018 1:04 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Wildlife managers say Minnesota's gray wolf population remains stable and healthy. The Department of Natural Resources released its annual estimate Monday. The midwinter survey put the state's population at 2,655 wolves and 465 packs. Given the survey's margin of error, the DNR says...

Oh, baby! Buffalo Zoo rhino pregnant, due in 2019

Sep. 23, 2018 2:38 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Zoo says a new addition is coming to join its rhinos. The zoo says Tashi, a greater one-horned rhinoceros, is pregnant and expected to give birth in the summer of 2019. Tashi was artificially inseminated by Suru, who makes his home at Zoo Miami. The zoo says it used the...

Vermont reminds hunters of rules on deer, elk importation

Sep. 23, 2018 1:39 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding hunters of the state's restrictions on the importation of deer and elk from states and Canadian provinces that have had chronic wasting disease. Canadian officials recently confirmed the first positive case in a captive deer...

NC woman charged after taking in animals during hurricane

Sep. 23, 2018 12:59 PM EDT

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A woman who took in more than two dozen dogs and cats during Hurricane Florence has been charged with practicing veterinary medicine without a license. Tammie Hedges, founder of Crazy's Claws N Paws animal rescue, was arrested Friday after 27 dogs and cats were confiscated from a...

Swiss reject bids to improve food quality, protect farmers

Sep. 23, 2018 11:11 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss voters on Sunday roundly rejected two proposals aimed at protecting Swiss farmers and ensuring that food from both domestic and foreign producers is healthier, more environmentally sound and animal-friendly. About 61.3 percent of voters rejected the "Fair-Food Initiative," which would...

2nd rabid raccoon found in same Pittsburgh neighborhood

Sep. 22, 2018 10:32 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Health officials are warning western Pennsylvania residents that a second raccoon found in the same Pittsburgh neighborhood has tested positive for rabies. The Allegheny County health department says the raccoon brought to one of its facilities Thursday was found on the edge of the...

Mosquitoes test negative for viruses as season winds down

Sep. 22, 2018 9:08 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Environmental officials in Rhode Island say the number of mosquitoes is dwindling and the latest samples tested negative for both West Nile and Eastern equine encephalitis. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management said Friday that 107 mosquito samples from 27 traps...