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PHOTO: While some Hoosiers voice concerns over health matters, those in favor of ordinances allowing backyard chickens say the birds are a sustainable food source and just as clean as any other pet. Photo credit: Jason Webber.

INDIANAPOLIS – Raising chickens in the city is becoming increasingly popular as more Hoosiers move toward eating locally. Goshen officials this week reversed an earlier decision and will allow residents to raise chickens at their homes. Karen Schulte-Coman helped get a similar ordinance pa ...Read More

IMAGE: The California Fish and Game Commission is delaying its decision on extending state Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Fish and Game Commission is delaying its decision on extending state Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves. The postponement comes after the commission heard several hours of public testimony at its meeting in Ventura on Wednesday. Amaroq Wei ...Read More

PHOTO: The California Fish and Game Commission is considering whether to protect gray wolves under the California Endangered Species Act. A decision may be announced when the commission meets in Ventura on Wednesday. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

VENTURA, Calif. - Wolf advocates in California are urging policymakers to welcome the animals back to the Golden State. The California Fish and Game Commission is expected to announce Wednesday if gray wolves will be getting protections under the California Endangered Species Act. According to Pam ...Read More

PHOTO: A new group of Iowans has just been trained as "drift catchers" to monitor air samples for pesticides over the summer. Photo credit: D. Michael Burns.

DEWITT, Iowa - With the coming start of the growing season in Iowa, a group of volunteer "drift catchers" is preparing to spread out across the state to monitor the air for floating pesticides. Among the group is Greg King, who grows vegetables, fruits and flowers in rural DeWitt, and had some probl ...Read More

PHOTO: Bunnies are a symbol of the season, but experts caution parents considering bringing one home for Easter to make a thoughtful decision that is best for the animal and the family. Photo credit: morguefile.com user bobby.

BINGHAM FARMS, Mich. - Easter is almost upon us, and while some parents might be tempted to give their kids live bunnies or baby chicks, experts stress that bringing any animal into the home should be a well-thought-out decision and not just a holiday whim. According to Ryan McTigue, public relati ...Read More

PHOTO: This photo, taken in 2010 following the Deepwater Horizon spill, shows an oil-covered pelican. Photo courtesy Louisiana Governor's Office.

AUSTIN, Texas - Nearly four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a new study says the disaster is far from over. Much research remains to be done, said Dr. Doug Inkley, senior scientist for the National Wildlife Federation, but the science shows that wildlife still are ...Read More

PHOTO: A bill that would have made it illegal to use a wild-caught or captive-bred orca for entertainment purposes has stalled in the Assembly. The earliest it can be up for discussion again is in 2015. Photo credit: iStockphoto.com

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A bill to ban killer whale shows at SeaWorld is being put on hold. The Orca Welfare and Safety Act stalled in committee Tuesday, which means the earliest the bill can be re-heard is next year. The decision follows the delivery of a petition by three sixth-graders from Malibu wh ...Read More

PHOTO: Senate Bill 3049 would add wolves, mountain lions and black bears to the Illinois Wildlife Code, giving them protected status. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Hunting and habitat destruction forced wolves, black bears and mountain lions out of Illinois nearly 150 years ago, and as those animals make a slow comeback in the state, there are efforts being made to ensure their protection. The Senate Monday passed SB3049, which amends the I ...Read More

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