A Surprisingly High Number of Wildfires Are Caused by Electrocuted Birds | Smart News

A Surprisingly High Number of Wildfires Are Caused by Electrocuted Birds |  Smart News

In 2015, a wildfire burned through 10,000 acres in Idaho, forcing 165 firefighters to combat the blaze. The cause? A bird nesting at the top of a power line structure. Reports of bird electrocutions leading to wildfires have shown up anecdotally from time to time in the past. Now researchers are studying just how often … Read more

California considers banning declawing of cats in most cases

California considers banning declawing of cats in most cases

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers could ban the declawing of cats for the convenience of humans, advancing a bill on Thursday to halt what animal rights may say is a painful procedure used primarily to prevent torn furniture and scratched skin. Claws on cats grow from the bone, not skin. Removing them sometimes requires … Read more

How much does a dog’s breed determine its behavior?

How much does a dog’s breed determine its behavior?

According to the American Kennel Club, poodles, German shepherds and French bulldogs were among the most popular dog breeds of 2021. People pay thousands of dollars for these prized pups to get a dog with the perfect demeanor. New research published in the journal, “Science,” found that breeds don’t determine a dog’s behavior or personality. … Read more

Bird Flu Arrives in Southwest After Millions of Birds Die | Arizona News

Bird Flu Arrives in Southwest After Millions of Birds Die |  Arizona News

By BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona officials have confirmed the first cases in the Southwest of a bird flu that has led to the deaths of 37 million birds from commercial farms in the central and eastern US The disease was spotted after tests by federal wildlife officials in three wild cormorants … Read more