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Category: Environment
December 18, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Woodland Park Zoo hopes new red panda becomes a proud papa

Woodland Park Zoo has big plans for its newest arrival, Yukiko (yu-key-ko), a 9-year-old red panda. A proven sire, Yukiko arrived from Red River Zoo in Fargo, N.D,  as part of a conservation breeding program, zoo officials said in a news release on Thursday. The panda will remain off exhibit as he goes through a series…

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December 18, 2014 at 6:29 AM

More wolf kills reported in Whitman County; this time it’s commissioner’s sheep

The Spokesman-Review More sheep have been killed by a wolf or wolves in northwestern Whitman County since the county’s first attack in decades occurred on Dec. 9. On Sunday, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials investigated three dead sheep where about 1,200 sheep are being pastured in stubble fields near the Spokane and Lincoln county borders. One…

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December 16, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Obama rules out oil-drilling in Alaska’s Bristol Bay

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska — President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he’s removing more than 52,000 square miles of waters off Alaska’s coast from consideration for oil and gas exploration or drilling. The president said in a video announcement that Bristol Bay and nearby waters, covering an area roughly the size of Florida, would be…

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December 8, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Dead Puget Sound orca was pregnant with full-term fetus

The Associated Press COURTENAY, B.C. — The necropsy on the endangered orca found dead off Vancouver Island showed it was pregnant with a full-term fetus, and that someone removed several teeth from the dead killer whale before it could be examined. Experts had speculated the death may have arisen from birth complications. Biologists have yet to…

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December 4, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Land deal conserves rainforest on Olympic Peninsula

The Associated Press CLEARWATER, Wash. — The Nature Conservancy says it has purchased nearly 4 square miles of rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula for conservation. The timberland along Jefferson County’s Clearwater River was purchased from Fruit Growers Supply Co. The conservation group says that, along with previous land purchases, the deal will help create a 38-mile conservation corridor…

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December 1, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Millions of pounds of TVs, electronics recycled in state

The Associated Press Washington state residents have recycled more than 250 million pounds of TVs, computers and other electronics since 2009. The Department of Ecology on Monday said the state’s E-Cycle program has kept an estimated 23 million pounds of lead out of landfills. Many electronics contain toxic materials such as lead, cadmium and mercury. Equipment collected through the…

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November 26, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Crow seizures: 30 birds dead in Portland parks

PORTLAND — Police say 30 dead crows have been found in downtown Portland parks after reports that they were having seizures. A police spokesman says there’s no apparent reason for the deaths. The Audubon Society has been called in to help with the investigation. The birds were found Wednesday morning in three areas: Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park…

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November 19, 2014 at 12:46 PM

King County joins Pierce on burn ban, agency lifts it in Snohomish

Due to continued weather conditions and air pollution levels, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has issued a Stage 2 burn ban for King County. Pierce Country remains on a Stage 2 ban, but restrictions were lifted in Snohomish County on Wednesday at noon. The burn bans in King and Pierce counties will be lifted at 6…

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November 19, 2014 at 6:15 AM

Thieves steal 9 wildlife cameras near North Bend

NORTH BEND — Nine wildlife cameras used to track elk near North Bend have been stolen. The Transportation Department was using the cameras in a project to prevent elk collisions on Interstate 90. KOMO reports workers noticed the cameras worth $7,000 were gone Tuesday. Crews removed nine other remaining cameras as a precaution. One of the cameras took…

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