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Pet of the Week: Lucy

Hello, I ‘m Lucy. You might consider me a senior kitty. I think of myself as wise. I have learned a lot in my 10 years. I like ladies, I don’t like dogs. I like naps, I tolerate other cats (if I must). I like a nice cozy bed. I like the quiet life. Picky, you say? I believe honesty ...

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4-H Report: Heritage Days at Fresno Flats

by Jake O’Neill, Club Reporter: My name is Jake O’Neill and I am this year’s Coarsegold 4-H reporter. Coarsegold 4-H was at Heritage Days. We collected donations for our club and we also brought a rabbit named Ms. Pepper, and a goat. Both of the animals were on demonstration for the community to handle or pet. We handed out flyers ...

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Pet of the Week: Bailey

Hello, Bailey here. I have met the doggie doctor, had “everything” done and I am ready to go! If you want a pocket pal, that’s me! I am eight years old, love ladies and am looking for a lap. If there is a man of the house, I could learn to love him too. I like other dogs and I ...

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Pet Owners Beware: Toxic Algae Bloom Hitting Area Lakes

Dogs playing in water.

MOUNTAIN AREA — Officials across the Golden State are warning that a summer outbreak of toxic blue-green algae in area ponds and lakes could be deadly to dogs and other animals. On its website, the California EPA (CAL EPA) is reporting that on August 14th  water samples taken from Indian Lakes in Madera County tested positive for a potential toxic ...

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How To Keep Your Family Safe During Rattlesnake Season

Close up of rattlesnake face.

Article by Leonard Andrenacci. Summer is rattlesnake season, so try to be aware and extra careful when enjoying the great outdoors. Most of us hike trails, cut firewood, work, and live in the mountains and will eventually run into a snake, and sometimes it will be a rattlesnake. Rattlesnakes, for the most part, are timid creatures and try to stay ...

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Red Cross Offers Online Course And App For Pet First Aid

FRESNO — With pets being valued members of the family, it is more important than ever that families are trained in pet first aid. The American Red Cross offers an online training and app to get owners up to speed. The Cat and Dog First Aid online course and Pet First Aid App are available for pet owners, pet-sitters and ...

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Bear Incidents Drop In Yosemite, Vehicles Still A Big Threat

YOSEMITE — Over the past 20 years, Yosemite National Park officials have achieved notable results in their work to protect bears by reducing the number of incidents between bears and humans. Compared to statistics at this point in 2017 — the lowest year on record — bear incidents in 2018 are down by 50 percent and damage amounts (in dollars) ...

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Mountain Lion In The City Is Focus Of Next Audubon Program

Written by Scarlett Bullock – MARIPOSA – The Yosemite Area Audubon Association (YAAS) invites the public to attend their next meeting on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Mariposa. Beth Pratt, California’s Regional Executive Director for the National Wildlife Federation, will be presenting a program on how Los Angeles residents embraced living with the ...

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Yosemite Area Audubon Mammal Workshop

AHWAHNEE — Yosemite Area Audubon Society invites the community to attend a free, hands-on Mammal Workshop, covering mammals of the foothills. Topics for discussion during the workshop include: Kinds of mammals present in our area Techniques for sampling small mammals with live traps Setting up camera traps Examining bats and recording their echolocation calls This is a two-part workshop that ...

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May Audubon Program Will Highlight Bird Behaviors

Contributed by Len McKenzie – Birdwatching, or birding, has been soaring in popularity in recent years, becoming one of the fastest-growing pastimes in North America. Among the myriad reasons for its widespread appeal, across demographic as well as geographic boundaries, are the fascinating behaviors birds display in their daily habits, seasonal patterns and social inter-actions. Many of those behaviors, embedded ...

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