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Local photographer has a second photo considered for California Wildlife Photo of the Year

in Animals/Around California

We all know local photographer Randy Robbins takes pretty darn good photos. But now his photo of a mountain lion has been selected as a March/April finalist in the state competition. His photo of a Lassen Pack wolf was selected as a finalist in the January/February competition.

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Saving lives, one video at a time

in Animals

Peter Carlos, RVT, has been a veterinary technician for the past decade and works at the Taylor ER Veterinary Emergency Hospital in Turlock, California. Nearly 4 years ago, his path intertwined with the bright and bubbly Jaycee Leonardo, who joined the team as an assistant at just 16 years old.

Not so long ago, the duo combined forces in an unexpected way and have since become social media sensations within veterinary medicine.

“We became such great friends working together and are constantly joking around. We think the same things are funny and have the same sense of humor. We sing, dance, and make work fun,” says Leonardo.

Carlos agrees. “We do have an age gap, but our friendship really grew from liking and laughing at the same things. We just make work fun, so the stress of daily veterinary medicine doesn’t burn us out.”

At the height of the pandemic last year, the pair started an account on TikTok, a newly popular (at that time) video-sharing app. It was a slow day at the clinic when Carlos decided he wanted them to perform the viral “foot shake dance challenge” that had been spreading like wildfire among the medical community. After posting that video, they decided TikTok was something they wanted to pursue and continued to post.

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Third EHV-1-Infected Horse Dies in San Bernardino County, California

in Local Roundup

On Nov. 19, California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) officials confirmed that one of the febrile horses that tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) on the San Bernardino County index premises — a 24-year-old Quarter Horse mare — developed severe neurologic signs and was euthanized on Nov. 16.

The updated report of Nov. 19 regarding the equine herpesvirus-1 outbreak in San Bernardino County stated that two additional febrile horses, an 11-year-old Paint mare and a 22-year-old Paint mare, were also confirmed positive for EHV-1.

The first (index) horse affected, a 13-year-old Quarter Horse mare, began showing clinical signs on Oct. 29 and was euthanized that day due to the severity of her clinical signs. She was confirmed positive upon necropsy on Nov. 5. CDFA quarantined 20 additional horses and enacted enhanced biosecurity measure, including twice-daily temperature monitoring.

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California man who fatally shot mountain lion gets 30 days in jail, 240 hours of community service

in Local Roundup

The Southern California man charged with shooting and killing a protected mountain lion this summer has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and was ordered to serve 240 hours of community service in an animal shelter after pleading guilty, prosecutors said on Thursday.

Alfredo Gonzalez, 60, of Simi Valley, Calif., will have to serve the community service at a Los Angeles County animal shelter, Senior Deputy District Attorney Karen Wold in Ventura County told Fox News.

Gonzalez will have to pay restitution that will include the cost for the collar he removed, which will be more than $2,300, Wold confirmed.

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California Sheriff’s Office Helps Bear Family Rescue Cub Trapped in Dumpster

in Local Roundup

A baby bear, who moved from picnic baskets to something bigger, found themselves stuck on Tuesday morning.

According to a post on the Placer County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, a baby bear got stuck in a dumpster outside a Kings Beach, California motel.

The sheriff’s office received a call about the incident and sent out several deputies to help the confined cub. When the deputies arrived, they found the cub’s mother and sibling trying to open the dumpster themselves.

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Lawsuit challenges federal predator control program in Northern California counties

in Local Roundup

Three environmental groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal court seeking to halt part of a controversial government program that kills predators, including coyotes, bears and mountain lions, in ways that the groups allege are cruel, outdated and ineffective.

The lawsuit challenges a U.S. Department of Agriculture program called Wildlife Services that uses leg-hold traps, strangulation snares, poisons and guns to kill animals at taxpayer expense, mostly to benefit livestock operations.

In 2018, the program killed nearly 1.5 million animals nationwide, including 26,441 in California, according to USDA records.

The statewide toll included 3,826 coyotes, 859 beavers, 170 foxes, 105 black bears and 83 mountain lions along with 5,675 birds.

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Horse Punched, 4 Police Officers Injured During Drunken Fight at California Fair

in Local Roundup

A sheriff’s horse was punched and four police officers were injured during a drunken brawl that occurred at a California county fair over the weekend.

According to officials, the fight erupted around 10 p.m. PDT near a beer booth at the Stanislaus County Fair in Turlock, California,

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San Jose cat saves woman from a possible drug addiction

in Local Roundup

Time for more of your wonderful stories, some about how you came to have your pet, and all about how much having a pet adds to life.

DEAR JOAN: About 4 years ago, I had a knee replacement. I was sent home after just three days with a big bottle of pain pills.

I took them for 3½ weeks and then decided it was time to stop so I could start driving.  That night, I went to bed and couldn’t sleep. I had pain and was jittery. I was thinking about getting another one of those pain pills when my kitty, Bialy, came and sat on my chest.

He’d never done that before (although he does now since he lost his brother). I couldn’t bring myself to get up to get any medication with him being so cuddly. He did the same the next night and by that time, I had no more need for pain killers.

I still tell people that Bialy saved me from a lifetime of addiction.

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