Great ferret debate resumes with potential ballot initiative in California
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The great ferret debate is returning to California.

Lovers of the furry creatures have been lobbying for years to legalize ferret ownership in California, but have suffered repeated rejections at the...

Cecil has become a lion martyr
Hundreds of African lions are killed by trophy hunters every year, but only one had a name and a face frequently photographed by tourists in Zimbabwe.

"The death of Cecil has shined a light on the horrendous hobby of wealthy...

Bear trashes retired Pittsburgh teacher?s car during Montana trip
A hungry black bear destroyed a retired Pittsburgh schoolteacher's car but couldn't dampen her sense of humor.

"It's pretty amazing. He tore up the doors, tore the plastic, tore the molding and bent the inside metal. It took a...

A humanitarian approach to animals often lacking
With all the sad animal stories in the news recently, it would not be hard to identify a candidate for the Bad Actor of the Year Award.

We heard about two hunters who felt the need to travel to Africa to shoot lions, not with a camera...

Douglassville woman guilty of 6 animal cruelty charges
Four horses in her care were found dead.

Sheep get their summer buzz cuts at Daniel Boone Homestead in Exeter Township
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Six sheep said farewell to their heavy coats Sunday during a Children's Day Sheep & Wool Program demonstration at the Daniel Boone Homestead.

"They put up quite a fight, but I think once it was all...

At Pottstown event, goats races aren't only thing on tap
A half-hour before the Bock Fest & Goat Race was set to begin Sunday morning in Pottstown, a string of cars already lined Circle of Progress Drive.

A couple hundred people roamed the field next to the Sly Fox Brewing Co.,...

Penn State researcher explores DNA of Nittany lion
UNIVERSITY PARK - There was a time when Nittany Lions didn't wear helmets and cleats, when they did not do push-ups after a touchdown or crowd-surf through Beaver Stadium.

Once upon a time, the ancestors of Penn State's...

Panther struck by car, killed

NAPLES, Fla. - Another endangered Florida panther has been stuck and killed by a vehicle.

Mark Lotz of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the remains of the year-old female panther were collected...

COMMENTARY: Want a pet? Stick to cats and dogs
People living near the Everglades in Florida know better than to allow their pets or small children to play unsupervised outdoors near water. A hungry alligator might come along.

But in Pennsylvania? Unconfirmed sightings of...

LA homeowners surprised to find cougar under house
LOS ANGELES - A celebrity mountain lion that lounged under a home for hours and refused to budge for bean bags, tennis balls and prods has wandered out on its own, wildlife officials said Tuesday.

A thorough check turned up no sign...

Bethel Township girl to compete on a horse that defied the odds
Bethel Township girl will compete on a horse that defied the odds

A galloping good time at the 13th annual Pennsylvania Horse World Expo
What is it? The Pennsylvania Horse World Expo is the mid-Atlantic region's largest and longest running equestrian expo, with four days of nonstop education, entertainment and shopping. Horses of all breeds and types, competitions,...

Upscale NY suburb embroiled in a wily debate over coyotes
CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - This well-heeled hamlet north of New York City is embroiled in an increasingly nasty debate that seems oddly out of place amid the stately homes and tony boutiques: What should be done about coyotes?

High rabbits a concern as Utah mulls medical marijuana legalization
WASHINGTON - Utah is considering a bill that would allow patients with certain debilitating conditions to be treated with edible forms of marijuana. If the bill passes, the state's wildlife may "cultivate a taste" for the plant, lose...

Ask The Horse Doctor: Now there's a Lyme disease vaccine for horses
Dear Dr. Vittoria: Recently the barn where my horse is boarded started the Lyme disease vaccine. I trail ride and have found deer ticks too numerous to count on my horse over the years. He has been treated for Lyme and gets...

Woman mauled by black bear at wildlife sanctuary
DADE CITY, Fla. - Authorities say a 400-pound black bear mauled a woman's arm at a Tampa Bay area wildlife sanctuary.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office reports that the bear - named Abner - was in his cage Friday afternoon when the...

Ohio pair want to keep pet bear; state says they lack permit
LODI, Ohio - A northeast Ohio couple accused of not having a permit for their longtime pet bear say they weren't properly notified of a 2012 change in the law and don't want to turn over the animal to the state as requested.


Men accused of poaching beloved buck 'Bart' set for court
LOGAN, Utah - Wildlife officials say they expect two men to plead guilty to poaching a beloved buck that had become a sort of mascot in Hyde Park.

The Logan Herald Journal reports...

Cops: Pet ferrets maul newborn's face while mom is upstairs
DARBY, Pa. - Authorities near Philadelphia say a trio of pet ferrets mauled a newborn who was left downstairs in her car seat, chewing off the baby's nose and part of her cheek and lip.

Officials say the month-old baby was attacked...