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    PNS Weekend Update - September 5, 20150 


    Among the stories we’re featuring: same-sex couples finally marry in a Kentucky county; a link between military service and equality; and if life seems like a constant headache, you may want to take a look at where you live.

Animal Welfare

A Mercy for Animals investigation found chickens at a Dukedom, Tennessee, farm were bred to grow so quickly they became crippled under their own weight. Credit: Mercy for Animals.

DUKEDOM, Tenn. – A Tennessee chicken farm has lost its contract to provide chickens for McDonald's through Tyson Foods, after the chicken supplier announced it was terminating its contract with the farmer. Late last week, the animal rights group Mercy for Animals released the results of an un ...Read More

Thousands of elk in western Wyoming feeding on hay and alfalfa pellets. The practice is being debated. Credit: Lloyd Dorsey.

JACKSON, Wy. - "To feed, or not to feed?" is the question being debated when it comes to elk in western Wyoming. A decision to renew a feeding permit is pending in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, and there are at least 30 other feeding sites. Herds have been fed during the winter for more tha ...Read More

This gray wolf is part of the first known pack in California in almost 90 years. Credit: California Department of Fish and Game.

MOUNT SHASTA, Calif. - The wolf pack is back - literally! A pack of gray wolves has been discovered in California for the first time since they were hunted almost to extinction about 90 years ago. Trail cameras recently caught sight of what's known as the Shasta pack in Siskiyou County near Mount ...Read More

Oil and gas production disrupts critical winter deer habitat. Credit: Gary Kramer/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER – A new study confirms that oil and gas production in northwest Colorado is disrupting important winter habitat for one of the nation's largest herds of mule deer. George Wittemyer, a wildlife biologist at Colorado State University and a co-author of the report, says the Piceance Basi ...Read More

A new National Wildlife Federation report says climate change is stressing the nation's waterways and causing hot spots in Granite State rivers, brooks and streams that are too warm for fish such as eastern brook trout to survive. Photo credit: Eric Orff

CONCORD, N.H. - "Wildlife in Hot Water" is the headline of a new report on the nation's waterways and local experts say the warming of New Hampshire's rivers and streams is bad news for native brook trout. Tom Ives is the New Hampshire council chair for Trout Unlimited and says Eastern Brook Trou ...Read More

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed a complaint against Woody's Menagerie in Mulberry Grove, alleging numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – An Illinois animal exhibitor is facing numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed a complaint against the owners of Woody's Menagerie in Mulberry Grove, a traveling educational wildlife exhibit featuring exotic animals. L ...Read More

The public can weigh in this week on proposed restrictions on tourists swimming with endangered manatees at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge in Citrus County. Credit: Durden Images/iStockphoto.com.

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. – The public can weigh in this week on strict new rules to limit the number of people who can swim with manatees at Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River. The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife holds two meetings this week – on Wednesday night for companies that r ...Read More

The fate of free-roaming horses on Arizona public lands could be decided with the release of two government studies expected soon. Credit: U.S. Forest Service.

SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. - Some refer to them as "wild horses" and others as "unauthorized livestock" but one thing is certain, the fate of the free-roaming horses referred to as "The Heber Horses" could be decided soon. The U.S. Forest Service has two studies in progress regarding how to manage the ...Read More

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