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New Mexico Governor Asks Federal Officials To Stop Horse Slaughterhouse

Published 04/19/12
By Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said last week she is asking federal officials not to allow a southeastern New Mexico company to open the nation's first slaughterhouse for horses since 2007. Martinez plans to send a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture asking it deny a Roswell meat company's request for inspections that would allow it to operate.

Link: Huffington Post

Editorial: One Trapper's Barbarism Reflects Badly on Idaho

Published 04/10/12
By Idaho Statesman

Josh Bransford, Idaho’s best-known wolf trapper, has violated no state laws, according to the Department of Fish and Game. But if that’s all Fish and Game will say for the record, it’s time someone filled in the blanks. Bransford is the kind of trapper who gives his activity — and his state — a black eye.

Link: Idaho Statesman

Agency Stops Seismic Tests over Worries about Dolphins

Published 04/03/12
By Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

With sick and dead dolphins turning up along Louisiana's coast, federal regulators are curbing an oil and natural gas exploration company from using seismic equipment that sends out underwater pulses known to disturb marine mammals. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has told Global Geophysical Services Inc. to not conduct deep-penetration seismic surveys until May, when the bottlenose dolphin calving season ends. The agency says the surveys are done with air-guns that the emit sounds that could disrupt mother and calf bonding and mask "important acoustic cues."

Link: Yahoo! News

Opposition to Primate Licensing Puts Missourians at Risk (Editorial)

Published 03/29/12
By Editorial Board, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Charla Nash has two glass eyes. They replaced her real eyes, which were ripped out by a chimpanzee named Travis in a brutal attack Feb. 16, 2009, in Stamford, Conn. Why does this matter to Missourians? Travis was born in Festus, on a chimp sanctuary that still exists. He was purchased for $50,000 by a Stamford couple, Sandra and Jerome Herold, when he was three days old. He had worked in commercials for Coca-Cola and Old Navy before he attacked Ms. Nash, a friend of the Herolds, tearing off most of her face and hands. Missouri didn't require his owners to obtain a permit. Missouri still has no laws against owning chimps or other dangerous primates.

Link: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Hiker Says He Was Attacked by Lion, Saved by Bear

Published 03/28/12
By Douglas Stanglin, USA Today

A Northern California hiker says he is lucky to be alive after he was attacked by a mountain lion — and saved by a bear, the Paradise Post reports. Robert Biggs, 69, of Paradise, tells his hometown paper that he had stumbled upon a mother bear, a yearling and a newborn cub while hiking Monday above Whiskey Flats.

Link: USA Today

Gambian Pouch Rats Population Rises Again In Florida Keys

Published 03/27/12
By Huffington Post

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are battling an invasive species in the Keys they thought they got rid of years ago: Gambian rats — giant rodents the size of cats. The outbreak started around 2000, when a Keys resident who breed the 9-pound rats released 6 or 7, according to FWC. Ten years ago, they were often imported from their native Africa as pets until they were banned after a Monkey Pox outbreak in 2003.

Link: Huffington Post

Oregon Town Decides to Live With, Not Remove, Beavers

Published 03/20/12
By KGW Portland

Corvallis parks officials have decided that solving flooding caused by beavers at a local park will take a little engineering of their own. The Gazette-Times reports that for years beavers have caused flooding at the softball fields at Sunset Park from damming the Dunawi Creek. But now parks officials are planning to install pipes to keep the water in ponds at a manageable level.

Link: kgw.com

Fossil Teeth Show Mammals Thrived Before Dinos Died

Published 03/14/12
By Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience.com

The dinosaurs needed to go extinct for the mammals, and humans, to arise. At least that's what researchers have been thinking for decades. But a new study indicates that at least one group of ancient mammals was already expanding 20 million years before the dinosaurs were wiped from the Earth. Analysis of ancient mammal teeth indicates they were able to take off not because dinosaur die-off made way for them, but because they discovered a new food source that others weren't consuming.

Link: LiveScience.com

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