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Hunters' fight to bring polar bear trophies home

When two Lancaster County hunters pulled the triggers on high-powered rifles on successive days in 2008 in the 40-below-zero air of the Arctic Circle, they thought their two polar bear trophies would soon be striking life-size mounts back home.
Mat-Su's 'dog publicist' uses Internet to save furry lives

ANCHORAGE - At the Mat-Su Borough Animal Care Facility on Sunday morning, Rachel Reese set up two portable lights, unzipped a canvas bag crammed with animal-sized cowboy hats, bow-ties and a cardboard sign that read "Free Hugs.
For Iditarod winner, resting dogs paid off

A lot of dog lovers must have been happy this week when Michael Vick's book tour was called off. The last thing they wanted was a rehash, excuse or even an apology from a player many of them will never be able to forgive.
Judge: Sea lion studies violate protection laws

A judge has ruled the federal government must halt studies of threatened and endangered Steller sea lions because it did not properly assess how certain research techniques might harm the animals.
State Briefs

Man arrested after firing gun in argument; More dogs signed over by collector euthanized; Mother sentenced to life for daughter's murder; Agrium, union workers agree on layoff solution
Critics of bear baiting aim at voters

Scorned by animal rights groups and reviled by some hunters, the practice of bear baiting is under the gun in Alaska from an odd mix of conservationists and professional hunters. The state Board of Game has dismissed repeated requests over the years to outlaw the practice of luring black bears with human food. So, foes this year are seeking a ballot initiative to let voters decide the issue. "The whole idea of using bait to attract bears, I don't think it's fair. Not really a civilized thing," said Lowell Thomas Jr., a former lieutenant governor and one of the backers of the initiative.
How to adopt a dog

Q&A with Becky Hinman-Frank, licensed veterinary technician and certified pet dog trainer with Gastineau Humane Society
Euthanasia for pets - a new concept for the last frontier

EMMONAK - Soon after Peter Jones heard the shotgun blast outside his Emmonak home, he saw his year-old puppy, Floppy, stumbling toward the bank of a nearby stream. It would take a second shot to kill the husky-mix after it collapsed at the water's edge. Residents of the Western Alaska village had been warned that police would be shooting strays - a longtime practice in rural Alaska to control a sometimes burgeoning population. Jones, 52, said his family was devastated.
Northwest Digest

Scientists salvaging data on sea lions, Man sentenced for heist near cop shop, Officials lobby for more timber payments & Feds announce breakup of drug ring
Strays and feral cats need herding

Every kitten is born with the potential to become either a feral cat or a pet. It all depends on whether the kitten is handled by humans in its first 12 weeks of life.


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