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PHOTO Rep. Jim Moran is co-chair of the Animal Welfare Caucus, and says the testing of cosmetics on animals is no longer needed. Photo courtesy of Rep. Jim Moran.

RICHMOND, Va. - The time has come to ban animal testing for cosmetics, according to a northern Virginia Congressman. Rep. Jim Moran is sponsoring the Humane Cosmetics Act, which would phase out animal testing for U.S.-made cosmetics within a year, and imported cosmetics within three years. Moran s ...Read More

PED (Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea) sign informing public that the virus has been found on this North Carolina pig farm. Photo Courtesy of Waterkeeper Alliance.

NEW BERN, N.C. – Pigs continue to die in large numbers in North Carolina, and while pork producers work to stop the virus that's killing the animals, environmentalists are working to make sure the carcasses are disposed of properly. Larry Baldwin, the concentrated feeding operation coordinat ...Read More

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on June 28 that makes the California Red-Legged Frog the state's official amphibian. Photo credit: Jamie Bettaso.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Mark Twain made it famous, and now the California red-legged frog is about to become the state's official amphibian. Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation that recognizes the star of Twain's 1865 short story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." Dr. Kerry Kr ...Read More

PHOTO: The narrow-headed garter snake and the northern Mexican garter snake, which live in Arizona and New Mexico, are now officially listed as threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

TUCSON, Ariz. - Two snake species that call areas of Arizona and New Mexico home are now officially listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Colette Adkins Giese, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, says the narrow-headed garter snake and northern Mexican garter snak ...Read More

PHOTO: The Nevada Department of Wildlife warns residents can expect more contact with deer, rattlesnakes, black bears and other animals as drought pushes wildlife into populated areas in search of food and water. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Nevada's ongoing, severe drought is causing food shortages pushing wildlife closer to populated areas occupied by humans. Chris Healy with the Nevada Department of Wildlife says ultra-dry conditions are causing mule deer, elk, black bears, coyotes, and rattlesnakes to seek food ...Read More

PHOTO: North Carolina's deer population has not yet been affected by Chronic Wasting Disease, but wildlife conservationists say it could be at risk if not properly managed. Photo courtesy North Carolina Wildlife Federation

RALEIGH, N.C. - More than 1 million deer live in North Carolina and, unless you're a hunter or wildlife-watcher, your most common concern probably is avoiding them on the roadways. But conservationists say there is a new worry for the deer, which starts with a line-item in the Legislature's House b ...Read More

PHOTO: A close-up of one of two baby bald eagles (called eaglets) in its nest at the Nature Conservancy's Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island. Photo credit: Jim Colligan. - See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-07-01/endangered-species-and-wildlife/long-island-baby-eagles-taking-wing-for-independence-day/a40228-1#sthash.St5idPBu.dpuf

SHELTER ISLAND, N.Y. - Two baby bald eagles are beginning to "take wing" on Long Island, and could be soaring in time to celebrate Independence Day later this week. The bald eagle nest at the Nature Conservancy's Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island has been monitored from afar for months. The pres ...Read More

PHOTO: Feral pigs pose a serious threat to the critical habitat of many endangered species living in New Mexico, according to federal officials working to reduce the animals' population. Photo credit: National Park Service.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - State and federal officials report success in reducing New Mexico's population of feral swine, which threaten endangered species. Alan May, state director at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services Program, said the agency has eliminated more than 700 of the anima ...Read More

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