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Spokesman Mike Demick said his agency got a few reports the first week after the news broke, but that lately the page has been sparsely visited. Dr. Elizabeth Cienava with WestVet, the 24-hour emergency veterinary clinic in Garden City, said her office has had two people bring in dogs to be tested. People are concerned and asking questions, she said. The plague, a bacterial disease, can be spread by the bites of fleas or by direct contact with infected animals.
Chris Lowenthal said he ran after a coyote that was gripping a dog with its mouth. That includes bags of trash left out in the open, bird feeders or pet food. Still, attacks between people and coyotes are extremely rare, she said.
Continued survival is good news at this juncture. The statewide survival rate of lambs within their first year is approximately 25 percent.
…federal land use plans "may be, in fact, more dangerous than a listing" of the bird. She added that state plans "can be much more nimble" than federal plans, which are very difficult to modify.The Interior Department is expected to finalize updated land use plans related to the sage grouse this month and faces a Sept. 30 deadline to decide whether to recommend federal protection for the bird. Environmental advocates have been pushing for nearly a decade for the…
…to New Mexico. But a new management rule that took effect in February permits the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to introduce “new” wolves, or those bred in captivity, directly into the New Mexico wild — a critical step, advocates say, toward improving the genetics of the population. Wolf advocates say they are concerned about the fate of permit requests by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pending before the New Mexico Game and Fish Department to release new wolves. They say the…
…the sage grouse from being added to the endangered species list. But many sage grouse supporters in Wyoming are not pleased about the effort. All three members of Wyoming’s congressional delegation are co-sponsors on bill that would block the federal government from listing the sage grouse as an endangered species for six to 10 years. “States like Wyoming are already leading the way when it comes to protecting species on the ground — including the sage grouse,” said Sen.