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Public News Service - CA: Animal Welfare

PHOTO: Sea otters will now be welcome in Southern California. Courtesy of Cindy Tucey.

Sea otters are now welcome in Southern California. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is ending the "no-otter" zone that's been in place for nearly 25 years. When the zone was originally established, the idea was to relocate sea otters to one of the Channel Islands to establish a reserve population

PHOTO: Sea Otter. Photo courtesy of Cindy Tucey.

California's sea otters are doing their part to fight climate change, according to one of the findings highlighted during the 10th annual Sea Otter Awareness Week. Otters play a critical role in the marine ecosystem as a keystone species, says Jim Curland, advocacy program director for Friends of t

PHOTO: Sea otter. Photo credit: Cindy Tucey

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - The U.S. Geological Survey is releasing new numbers today on the status of the California sea otter. After the population of the animals hit a record high mortality rate last year, animal advocacy groups are hoping the spring census will reveal a reversal of the disturbing trend

The Environmental Protection Agency is considering a ban on a chemical California scientists say is capable of turning one in 10 male frogs into females. Atrazine, used primarily on corn and sugar cane crops, is the most commonly detected pesticide in American groundwater. Kerry Kriger, founder an

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California kids are heading back to school, and soon some of them will be asked to dissect frogs in science classes. A California-based group says however that not only are the frog dissections unnecessary and unethical, but they're also contributing to the depletion of wild fro

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - It's Shark Day at the State Capitol. Supporters of a bill to ban the practice of shark finning will be outside the Capitol to raise awareness about sharks and to show their support for AB 376, a bill that bans the possession, sale and distribution of shark fins. Jim Curland, m

A fund that protects California's sea otters is about to expire unless taxpayers donate enough on their state tax forms and lawmakers reauthorize the fund. Californians are being urged to "donate a dollar for an otter" as Monday's income-tax filing deadline nears. Supporters of the California Sea O

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - It's a mystery that has scientists asking why; for the second consecutive year, California sea otters are continuing to disappear. The latest survey from the U.S. Geological Survey found the population has declined by 3.6 percent since last year. While the sea otter population

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