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PET & ANIMAL HEALTH

New Tech Could Doom Invasive Pythons

Researchers at the University of Central Florida have published a first-of-its-kind study that shows that near-infrared (NIR) spectrum cameras can help hunters more effectively track down these invasive snakes, especially at night.

Florida Residents Warned: It’s Alligator Mating Season

YAHOO! NEWS – A 25-year-old Florida man is recovering after being attacked by an alligator last weekend. Tampa resident Jeffrey Heim was searching for megalodon shark teeth in the Myakka River.  He was only in the water for a few minutes when he was hit with such force that he thought it was a boat, he told NBC News. “I thought it was a propeller, it hit me so hard,” Heim said. "I realized I was inside...

“Family” Dogs Kill Tot, Age 10 Months

A 10-month-old baby has been killed after being attacked by the family’s two Rottweilers.

Alaska Man Bear-ly Survives Gruesome Attack

An Alaska man was able to bind up his wounds and call 911 after being mauled by a brown bear that bit him multiple times on the head.
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Florida Pythons Have Met Their Match

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is implementing a new tool to help find invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades ecosystem. The FWC’s new Detector Dog Team is now up and running, removing Burmese pythons from the wild.

Homeowner Powerless To Keep Giant Birds From ‘Painting’ Deck

California condors are protected by the Endangered Species Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Taking, shooting, injuring, or killing a condor are violations of these acts. The maximum penalty for a criminal violation of the Endangered Species Act is one year in jail and a $100,000 fine.

Florida’s Invasive Species Fiasco

"There are a lot of wild pigs right now, that is all I am really focused on are pigs currently...they were imported back, I believe it was the 1700s by the Spaniards as a food source and then they multiplied into the millions."

Pit Bulls Kill Dog Sitter’s 7-Year-Old Girl

NEWSWEEK – A child has died and her mother hospitalized after they were attacked by at least one dog in North Carolina on Tuesday. Police in Garner, the North Carolina town where the incident happened, said in a Facebook post on Tuesday that the 7-year-old and her mother were seriously injured during the attack. The pair were both taken to a WakeMed medical center in Garner for treatment. The girl died as a result of her...

Texas Man Dies In Killer Bee Attack

BRECKENRIDGE, Texas (AP) — A Texas man died after going into cardiac arrest when he was attacked by an aggressive swarm of bees outside his home, authorities said. Thomas Hicks, 70, was mowing his lawn Monday when he was repeatedly stung by the bees outside his home in Breckenridge, about 130 miles west of Dallas, authorities said. The Breckenridge Fire Department said first responders faced “very aggressive bee activity” when they arrived at the home. Medics...

Worker Attacked Inside Wolf ‘Sanctuary’

FOX NEWS – A worker at the same exotic animal preserve where a lion killed an intern in 2018 was attacked by two juvenile wolves on Saturday. The Conservators Center, located in Burlington, N.C., said a professionally trained animal keeper was performing "routine activities" with two of the Center’s wolves when he was bitten.   The attack happened within the wolves’ secure enclosure, separated from the public tour path by multiple fencing barriers, the Center said in...

Flea Collar Linked To 1,698 Pet Deaths; Feds Take No Action

USA TODAY – Rhonda Bomwell had never used a flea and tick collar before. Pierre, her 9-year-old Papillon service dog, was mostly an indoor animal. Still, her veterinarian recommended she purchase one, so Bomwell went to the pet store near her home in Somerset, New Jersey, and selected Bayer’s Seresto collar. A day later, on June 2, 2020, Pierre had a seizure, collapsing while Bomwell was making dinner. Lying on his back, the dog stopped breathing...

Is Florida Doing Enough To Exterminate Invasive Species?

In fact, non-native reptile species now outnumber native reptiles by 3 to 1 in Florida.

Shocking Animal Cruelty Charges Investigated Against K-9 Officer [VIDEO]

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — An investigation of K-9 training is underway after video showed a North Carolina officer lifting a dog by a leash and slamming the animal into the side of a police vehicle, officials said. Salisbury Police Chief Jerry Stokes told news outlets he couldn't comment in detail on what happened. Stokes said the dog, Zuul, wasn't hurt or stunned and has since been separated from the officer. Zuul was on hand with Stokes...

Entire Shipload Of 895 Cattle To Be Put Down Over Health Suspicions

PLUS: Blood-hued food coloring added to Impossible Beef  MADRID (AP) — Nearly 900 cattle that have been on a ship traveling the Mediterranean Sea for two months will be sacrificed after veterinarians deemed them no longer fit for export, Spanish authorities said. A total of 895 cattle set sail from the Spanish port of Cartagena on Dec. 18 in the cargo ship named Karim Allah destined for export to Turkey. Turkish port authorities, however, refused to...
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