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Feds investigate Tukwila-based pet food company over salmonella contamination concerns

The feds are investigating a Tukwila-based Darwin’s Natural Pet Products, a raw pet food company, after finding a pattern of complaints about salmonella and listeria contamination in some of its products, the Food and Drug Administration reported.

Valentine’s Day pet photography mini sessions

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Valentine’s Day pet photography mini sessions are being offered on Sunday, Feb. 11 in Edmonds.

Proposal would tie Oregon wolf compensation to population

Oregon House Bill 4106 would directly correlate the amount of compensation ranchers receive for wolf attacks on livestock with the overall wolf population statewide

State investigators focus on nets plugged with mussels in Atlantic salmon net-pen failure

Cooke Aquaculture’s maintenance practices at its collapsed Atlantic salmon farm at Cypress Island have drawn the attention of state investigators after nets were found fouled with mussels and other sea life.

Dozens of dead cows found on farm north of Seattle

Authorities say about 50 dead cows that had been improperly disposed of were found on a farm in northwest Washington.

Interior Department strikes land swap deal with Alaskan village for road through national wildlife refuge

Construction of a 12-mile gravel road would be allowed through protected Alaskan wilderness in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge as part of a land swap negotiated by the Interior Department. (Kristine Sowl/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

The Interior Department has approved a land swap deal that will allow a remote Alaskan village to construct a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, according to local officials. The action effectively overrules wilderness protections that have kept the area off limits to vehicles for decades.

UPS driver mauled by pit bulls suing dog owner

UPS driver Kevin Backlund mauled by pit bulls suing dog owner

A hearing examiner ruled the dogs that attacked Kevin Backlund were dangerous. The dogs’ owner appealed the ruling; that appeal was denied.

Event benefits vets, pets in need of homes

Eric and Tonya Imhoff sit with their new husky, Jasmine, as they talk about her adoption at their home in Battle Ground in mid-December. The Humane Society for Southwest Washington in Vancouver celebrated Veterans Day weekend by waiving adoption fees for active-duty service members and veterans. It was the busiest weekend ever for adoptions at the organization’s Vancouver shelter, officials said. (Alisha Jucevic/The Columbian)

Humane Society promotion waiving fees a success for all involved.

Costly hunt for middle ground on wolves

With experience around the world tackling issues such as the trafficking of wild elephants in Africa, Francine Madden set about changing the conflicts within the Wolf Advisory Group into a dialogue.

Group of young millennials at Tacoma kennel unionize with Teamsters

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TACOMA, Wash. (PAI)—Federal statistics show the “millennials” are the least-unionized group of workers in the country. Many analysts conclude that’s because millennials don’t know what unions are, what they do, and how they help workers.

Former Huskies player plays Santa Paws

Former Husky player Dan Shelton, now defensive lineman with the Cleveland Browns, brought treats and toys to dogs at the Cuyahoga Dog Shelter in Cleveland.

Former Edmonds kennel operator faces lawsuit in deadly dog mauling

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Wash. – A family pet was killed after being left in the care of Precious Paws, a kennel in Edmonds, and now the dog’s owner is suing that operator, Kristina Robinson.

Western Washington’s equestrian community hunkers down over threat of disease

WOODINVILLE, Wash. –A potentially deadly virus at Gold Creek Equestrian Center has created impacts felt throughout Western Washington. Seven horses there had to be euthanized.

Esther the Wonder Pig, a 650-pound darling of the Internet

Esther is a house pig who has about a million and a half followers on her social media accounts. She owns trunks full of clothing, including coats, bonnets and several handmade evening gowns, all sent to her from fans around the world.

Seattle police release video of officers shooting man at Magnuson Park

Two dogs in possession of the man and woman were turned over to the Seattle Animal Shelter, which was working to return them to relatives, police said.

Record number of bald eagles counted on Lake Coeur d’Alene

372 bald eagles counted on Lake Coeur d’Alene setting new record

Woman sues Yakima over pit bull ban after her service dog is impounded

YAKIMA, Wash. – Danika Denton of Yakima had her service dog Romeo for over a year before the city determined he was a pit bull and forced her to move the dog outside city limits. Now Denton is suing the city.

Feral dogs suspected in pack attack on Bainbridge

IMAGE: A pack of wild dogs appears to be roaming Bainbridge Island and is threatening local residents and killing at least one pet.

A pack of wild dogs appears to be roaming Bainbridge Island and is threatening local residents and killing at least one pet.

Dead Oregon llama ruled ‘probable’ wolf attack

A llama killed on private land in Union County was ruled a ‘probable’ wolf attack by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.

ODFW Commission set to begin revision of wolf plan

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A draft document suggests Oregon should consider 300 wolves a minimum population for planning purposes.

Officers rescue owl struck by car in Marysville

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An owl hit by a car in Marysville was recovering Friday thanks to a fast-acting officer.

WSDA favors tagging every cow with radio ID

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The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s goal is to tag every cow with radio-frequency identification; there will be resistance.

Cats vs Dogs: Which pet is more popular in your state?

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Is your state a dog or cat state? Check out a map by state, with data provided by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Managers, hunters to take at least 600 Yellowstone bison this winter

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Pray, Montana — Somewhere between 600 and 900 Yellowstone bison should be culled from the population this winter via hunting and slaughter, bison managers agreed Tuesday.

How to drill for oil in Alaska’s wildlife refuge: Sneak it through in tax bill

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The U.S. Senate is using its tax-cut bill to slink through a measure that would allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, America’s most spectacular protected habitat.

A tail-wagging, post-Hurricane Harvey story

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As the sun emerged and the water began to recede in parts of flood-ravaged Houston, 35 large dogs from Texas flew to Seattle on Wednesday, Aug. 30 hoping to find a new home.

Some Idaho milk producers lose contract

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Some Idaho dairymen won’t be having the brightest of holidays this year after buyers informed them they will no longer purchase their milk.

SCRAPS opening vet clinic to speed pet adoptions

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Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services is building a new veterinary clinic to treat its in-house animals with hopes of making the adoption process faster.

These six dogs are waiting for loving homes.

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The Everett Animal Shelter hosts thousands of stray and unwanted animals every year. Some are adopted right away, but some sit in the shelter for weeks at a time, waiting for a home.

Chef Makini Howell: ‘I’ve worked really hard to make veganism something delicious’

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Makini Howell, the owner of a vegan mini-empire which includes Plum Bistro, Plum Burger and more, has been named one of the “world’s most creative chefs.”

Another gray wolf illegally shot and killed

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Police say another gray wolf has been illegally shot and killed in northeastern Oregon.

British military dog receives highest honor for valor

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Mali, the eight-year-old Belgian Malinois, was given the highest military honor an animal can receive for his service in the British Military.

Wildlife Services officials urge ranchers to report all cattle deaths

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Coming across a dead cow in the herd with no outward signs of what killed her often leaves cattlemen guessing about the cause.

Brothers facing felony charges for poaching in Fergus County

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Two brothers were charged with 16 crimes, including eight felonies, stemming from what Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials describe as years of poaching activity on a ranch in Fergus County.

Doggone viral: Portland woman’s streetcar tweets

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A Portland woman’s tweet about dogs on TriMet has gone viral after it was retweeted more than 80,000 times and ‘liked’ over 300,000 times.

Spokane pet store seeks information after thieves steal a puppy

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A Spokane pet store is hoping that you know something about two people who stole a min-pin/Jack Russell terrier mix puppy Wednesday afternoon.

WDFW: Rancher lawfully shoots wolf

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A rancher was justified in shooting a wolf that was attacking cattle in northern Ferry County, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says.