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    PNS Weekend Update - November 28, 20150 

    We’ve got several topics on tap from around the country this weekend, including: several people were hurt during a shooting at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado; the protests over a police shooting continue in Chicago; now that we’re in full holiday mode, new research suggests that family time matters most to developing children.

Animal Welfare

Public-health advocates have a message for Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.: It's time to stop pumping antibiotics into factory-farmed animals. Credit: Food and Water Watch

DENVER - Public health advocates have a message for Senator Michael Bennet: It's time to stop pumping antibiotics into factory-farmed animals. Lisa Trope, organizer with the group Food and Water Watch, will join dozens of others Thursday to deliver more than 2,200 petitions with signatures from acr ...Read More

A grizzly mother and cub. Credit: Sierra Club

HELENA, Mont. - The grizzly bear population in the greater Yellowstone region is dropping quickly, going from an estimate of 747 last year to 714 this year, a six percent drop. The numbers came out in a recent meeting of the Yellowstone subcommittee of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. Dr. D ...Read More

In the first week of its roundup of wild horses near Adel, Ore., the Bureau of Land Management corralled more than 400 of up to 1,500. Credit: Larisa Bogardus, BLM Lakeview District, on Flickr Creative Commons.

LAKEVIEW, Ore. - It's been one week since the Bureau of Land Management started rounding up wild horses east of Lakeview. Using helicopters, the agency has reached about a third of its goal, capturing close to 450 horses out of a possible 1,500. The BLM says the area is home to about six times more ...Read More

There are mixed reactions in the animal rights community about SeaWorld San Diego's decision to change its orca shows by next year. Credit: Stacey Newman/iStockphoto.

SAN DIEGO – Wildlife advocates are praising SeaWorld San Diego's decision to let Shamu retire, so to speak, but they have reservations about the park's announcement that killer whale shows will change at the end of next year. SeaWorld says the orcas will still be on display at the amusement p ...Read More

Hunters are reaping the benefits of the U.S. Department of the Interior's decision in September not to list the greater sage-grouse as an endangered species. Credit: Pierdelune/iStockphoto

DENVER - The third combined season for deer and elk kicked off last weekend, and Colorado hunters are taking full advantage of the U.S. Interior Department's decision not to list the greater sage-grouse as an endangered species. Kent Ingram, president of the Colorado Wildlife Federation, says the ...Read More

Mother and cub grizzly bears. Credit: Sierra Club

JACKSON, Wy. - Dozens of citizens took to the podium at a meeting of federal, state and tribal agencies in Jackson this week to denounce a plan to take Yellowstone-area grizzlies off the federal endangered species list. The Yellowstone subcommittee of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee has rec ...Read More

Opponents of bear hunting held a vigil near Orlando on Sunday as part of efforts to stop future hunts. Credit: Adam Sugalski

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The fight to save Florida's black bears will go on, as defenders of the bears say after last month's controversial hunt, they are more determined than ever to stop it from becoming an annual event. Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have not y ...Read More

A shortage of U.S. Fish and Wildlife inspectors and a lack of public awareness are factors in the ongoing wildlife trafficking crisis, according to a new report. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

MIAMI – Wildlife trafficking is one of the most lucrative forms of illegal activity in the world, and a new report finds Florida caught in the crosshairs. Each year, more than 350 million plants and animals are sold on the black market, and according to a new study by Defenders of Wildlife, t ...Read More

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