PNS Daily Newscast - August 21, 2019 

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Public News Service - NM: Animal Welfare

PHOTO: The potentially deadly plague, passed to humans and animals from fleas on rodents, has infected at least two people and several animals in New Mexico in recent weeks. Photo courtesy of Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

SANTA FE, N.M. - At least two people in New Mexico are being treated for the potentially deadly disease known as the plague. While those infected are expected to survive, Dr. Paul Ettestad, public health veterinarian with the State Department of Health, says the plague has also infected several ani

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

PHOTO: Two bats that tested positive for rabies in the Albuquerque area have state health officials urging the public to avoid all wild animals, living or dead. CREDIT: U.S. Geological Survey.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Health officials are urging the public to be on the lookout after at least two bats in the Albuquerque area tested positive for potentially fatal rabies. Dr. Paul Ettestad, public health veterinarian at the New Mexico Department of Health, said in one case, a woman found a bat cr

PHOTO: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is granting protection for the habitat of the endangered jaguar in New Mexico and Arizona. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – A huge amount of land in Southern New Mexico and Arizona, once home to the endangered jaguar, now has critical habitat status. Michael Robinson, conservation advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity, says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service action is linked to a laws

PHOTO: In a unique exchange, New Mexico is sending some pronghorn to Arizona for some of the Grand Canyon State's Gould's turkeys. Photo credit: New Mexico Dept. of Game and Fish.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico and Arizona are neighbors and sometimes, the neighborly thing to do is to share or trade resources – even if those resources are critters, such as turkeys and pronghorns. Rachel Shockley, a spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, says h

Photo: The Humane Society of the United States is honoring former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson for his efforts to help prevent horse slaughter in the U-S. Photo courtesy of the Humane Society of the United States.

SANTA FE, N.M. - The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is honoring former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson for his efforts to help prevent horse slaughter in the U.S. Keith Dane, HSUS vice president for equine protection, said the organization recently named Richardson its "2013 Humane Horse

PHOTO: A court action is stopping Valley Meat Company in Roswell, New Mexico, from starting its horse slaughterhouse, at least temporarily. Photo courtesy HSUS.

SANTA FE, N.M. - Valley Meat Co. in Roswell cannot begin its horse slaughterhouse business, at least for now. A federal appeals court issued a temporary injunction after the Humane Society of the United States appealed an earlier court decision allowing horse slaughterhouses in New Mexico and Misso

Bears in the Sandia Mountains are entering towns looking for food during the long New Mexico drought.<br />Courtesy of: Jim Robertson.<br />

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - What is being portrayed by some as an infrequent and humane response to hungry bears entering towns looking for food, is actually quite another matter, according to Jan Hayes founder of Sandia Mountain Bear Watch. Hayes is looking for the state to institute stopgap diversionary

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