Pets and Animals

US agency to limit predator killing methods in Idaho

A U.S. agency responsible for killing wolves and other predators to prevent attacks on livestock has agreed to settle a lawsuit by completing an extensive environmental study on its methods in Idaho. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services also agreed last week not to use poison gas cartridges or fire to kill wolf pups in dens until the study is finished at the end of 2024. Wildlife Services filed a joint motion in U.S. District Court with Western Watersheds Project and two other environmental groups to settle the May 2020 lawsuit. The environmental groups contend Wildlife Service’s predator-killing activities violate environmental laws.

Can all dogs swim? How to tell if your pup is water-ready

Not all dogs can, or will, swim. Some dogs physically built for the water may avoid it like the plague, and some not traditionally built for the water may never want to get out, despite their parents' best efforts! There are ways you can work on making your dog more comfortable in the water, but some dogs may never change their minds, and that’s okay too.

Riverfront dog park name, design reveal on Saturday

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane Parks and Recreation Department will reveal the design and name of the future dog park in Riverfront Park on Saturday. The event will be at the Riverfront Park Forestry Shelter at noon. The reveal event…

Goat abandoned on Silver Mountain finds new home

KELLOGG, Idaho -- A goat was abandoned on Silver Mountain a few weeks ago, but don't worry: this story has a happy ending. Lift maintenance crews found the goat, who was believed to have been left there by his…

2 boaters fined for getting too close to orca whales

SEATTLE (AP) — Two boaters accused of illegally approaching endangered Southern Resident killer whales in rented boats were fined for violating regulations that protect the whales, NOAA Fisheries said Wednesday. State and federal regulations require recreational boats to stay at…

Four snow geese test positive for bird flu in Grant County

GRANT COUNTY, Wash. -- Four snow geese in Grant County have tested positive for avian influenza, also known as the bird flu. A Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist and a Moses Lake veterinarian collected the positive tests. No humans…

All paws aboard! Tips for safe boating with your pet

With boating season ramping up, it's a good time to talk about best practices for pet-friendly boating to ensure your little one is safe. Before hitting the lake, river or sea with your pet, it's important to plan ahead and always keep the best interests of your four-legged first mate in mind.

Debunking common pet food myths

Misinformation in the pet food market abounds. To help determine fact from fiction, here's research on the most common misconceptions about pet food.