May 9, 2021
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Massachusetts bald eagle dies from rodent poison, but officials encouraged by ‘robust eagle population’

The state’s first-ever death of a bald eagle from rat poisoning is being called a “disturbing” loss but comes as the majestic birds of prey are making a comeback.

State wildlife officials have confirmed the eagle died from rodent poisoning, but MassWildlife officials say they’re encouraged that the overall population of bald eagles in Massachusetts continues to recover and grow.

The nest where the female bald eagle died in March may also have a new resident.

State wildlife officials recently confirmed that the bald eagle that died in March was the victim of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticide poisoning. While mortalities in

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SC wildlife officials concerned about rabbit disease affecting wild and domestic animals | News

The outbreak of a foreign animal disease fatal to rabbits has state wildlife officials concerned about a potential spread to South Carolina. 

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus-2 was detected last year in southwestern states and has spread to Florida. And while no cases have been reported in the Palmetto State, wildlife officials want residents to stay vigilant.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources said humans are not susceptible to the disease, but it is highly contagious for rabbits and nearly always fatal.

Both domestic and wild rabbits are at risk. Infected animals could experience loss of appetite, lethargy, high fever, seizures,

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Hawaii officials say Lehua island, a state bird sanctuary, is rat-free

State officials today declared Lehua island rat-free following years of eradication efforts.

The rats, an invasive species, wreaked havoc on the state seabird sanctuary for decades by preying on the eggs and chicks of native birds.

In 2017, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, along with numerous federal agencies, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, nonprofit Island Conservation, and owners of Niihau, joined forces to launch a new program, using lessons learned from past attempts.

“After extensive on-island monitoring, we’re 99.99% certain there are no more rats on Lehua, which builds on the successful removal of invasive

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Wildlife officials push residents to be ‘bear aware,’ leave young animals alone

Wildlife officers capture a bear in Woodland Park last year.
Photo from Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is urging community members to be smart this spring as bears emerge from hibernation and a new batch of young animals is born throughout the state. While catching a glimpse of Colorado’s animals is undoubtedly a thrill for visitors and lifelong residents, officials emphasized that it is everyone’s responsibility to help keep wildlife wild.

While Colorado has seen a definite increase in the number of people hitting backcountry slopes, heading to hiking trails and otherwise taking full advantage of the

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Bird feeders can go up again, but remain vigilant, Washington state officials say

A drop in the number of reports of sick or dead birds across Washington and other Northwest states means backyard bird feeders can be put back up, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

But please remain cautious and vigilant, the department said on its website.

The deadly outbreak in pine siskins and other songbirds had officials in the northwest United States asking people to put away bird feeders and drain birdbaths for a few months this past winter to discourage the congregation that spread the disease through droppings and saliva.

Reports of sick or dead birds

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City officials may alter ordinances about animals | State

City officials have begun the process of reviewing the ordinances pertaining to animal control after a local woman said the codes were too vague.

Deanna Hays claimed she’s had an ongoing issue with her neighbor’s two pit bulldogs. Hays believes the city has failed to do everything possible to rectify the issue.

Compliance Coordinator Ray Hammons said he and Animal Control Officer Vicky Green have worked with the dog owners and Hays since the problem surfaced in September.

Tahlequah city ordinances once deemed pit bulls to be “vicious, fighting, and dangerous animals.” The ordinance that prohibits pit bulls in the

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