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There's a lot of time for contemplation when you're milking cows in Mongolia. 90-year-old Lkhagvajav Bish has milked them for decades. She's a nomadic herder, and she follows them in their endless search for grass. Today, the ger, or tent, she and her son live in is pitched in a valley surrounded by brown hills whose tops are white with frost, and as her hands squeeze the last milk from one of her herd, Bish reminisces about a time when this valley looked completely different. "We've been...

Giraffes are dying at an alarming rate and could face extinction if the trend doesn't reverse, according to a new conservation report on animal populations worldwide. The report was released by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature , which maintains the so-called Red List of species threatened with extinction. For the first time, the group now lists the giraffe as a "vulnerable" species, meaning it is "facing a high risk of extinction in the wild in the medium-term future"...

Feral pigs are a problem in 39 U.S. states and the Northwest is not immune. That’s why officials from four Washington agencies issued a reminder to residents last week to be on the lookout.

The state Fish and Wildlife departments in Washington and Oregon are seeking -- and getting -- help from hunters and hikers to track a perplexing epidemic. It's a hoof disease that causes heartbreaking scenes of limping or lame elk.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqRlfsSCERA The humble, hardy gray jay is poised to become the national bird of Canada — and that's causing quite a flap. Canadian Geographic has officially recommended that the bird, also known as the whiskey jack or Canada jay, become a national symbol. It beat out winged heavies such as the black-capped chickadee, the Canada goose, the snowy owl and the crowd-favorite common loon. This comes after a process lasting nearly two years that included an online...

Mr. Sea the penguin receives laser treatment at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo. Mr. Sea
Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo

How do you treat a penguin with arthritis? First, you watch him walk.

When I give public talks about animal intelligence and emotion around the U.S., I'm struck by one thing: a big audience response to the behavior of octopuses. In the midst of conveying the most recent evidence for thinking and feeling by mammals like apes, monkeys, elephants and dolphins, I show this video clip of a veined octopus in Indonesia. Forty seconds in, the octopus tentacle-walks off across the ocean floor with a coconut shell that he or she then turns into a shelter. That tool-using...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm1ChtK9QDU Mantis shrimp, a group of aggressive, reef-dwelling crustaceans, take more than one first-place ribbon in the animal kingdom. Outwardly, they resemble their somewhat larger lobster cousins, but their colorful shells contain an impressive set of superpowers. Now, scientists are finding that one of those abilities — incredible eyesight — has implications for people with cancer that are potentially lifesaving. "They have these ridiculous eyes that sense...

Its the deep-bellied growl that stops them. The researchers are just approaching the grizzly bear when he begins expressing his displeasure. Grizzly No. 1225 had been smart enough to avoid a huge, metal box trap. But not the leg snare next to it. Bears are really quick learners. If a bears been caught, it can be really tricky to catch them again, says Curtis Hendricks, a regional wildlife manager with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, explaining why his team went with both a snare and a...

This is the first story in a three-part series. Read part one and part two . For wildlife in Oregon, the best way to stay alive is to make sure someone wants to kill you. If the state can make money selling a fishing license or a hunting tag for an animal, it goes to great lengths to keep populations healthy. Teams of biologists collar hundreds of mule deer with tracking devices that cost almost $1,000 each. State police fly planes over wilderness in the dead of night searching for poachers....

As the cat-tentious — or rather, contentious — political season winds down, there's something afoot that may help voters relax: cat yoga. Animal shelters in Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, Texas and other states across the country are partnering with yoga studios to raise money and increase adoptions. On Sunday, the Greater Birmingham Humane Society offered its first cat yoga class, and it filled up immediately — after clogging the website for a bit. People filed into the shelter at...

At the Supreme Court on Monday, the justices heard arguments in the case of a girl with disabilities, her service dog and the school that barred the dog from the premises. Ehlena Fry was born with cerebral palsy, which significantly limits her mobility but not her cognitive skills. So when she was about to enter kindergarten in Napoleon, Mich., her parents got a trained service dog — a white furry goldendoodle, named Wonder. Dog and kid traveled to Ohio and trained together for two weeks so...

Agreement Reached To Help Oregon's Spotted Frog

Oct 28, 2016

The Upper Deschutes River and the Oregon spotted frogs that live there will see higher water flows under an interim deal reached Friday between environmental groups, irrigation districts and the Bureau of Reclamation. The agreement comes after conservation groups filed suit. This is the first of many steps to restore a natural flow regime in the Deschutes, said Noah Greenwald of the Center for Biological Diversity in a release. The Center and WaterWatch of Oregon were parties to the agreement...

The 2016 finalists for the second annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been announced, and they are predictably delightful. A grinning owl. A fish slapping a bear in the face. An unfortunate interaction between a buffalo and a bird. At least two eagles with very little dignity. Click through the slideshow for a selection of the finalists. The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards were established last year by a wildlife conservation organization. The group's website says it is "a...

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Toxic About Tyrone Hayes's TED Talk Biologist Tyrone Hayes talks about the concerning effects of the herbicide atrazine, which is part of a group of chemicals that are found in everyday food and household products. About Tyrone Hayes Professor Tyrone Hayes studies frogs and other amphibians at the University of California, Berkeley. He's become an active critic of the farm chemical atrazine, which he's found to interfere with the development of amphibians'...

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