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Please Help a Homeless Pet
June 20, 2017

Meet Nigel...

      Say hello to Featured Pet Nigel. Nigel is a handsome orange tabby who is seeking a home that can provide a calm, serene place for him to hang his hat. The mellow fellow is a social eater and enjoys dining in the company of others. He'll be so happy to have a mature individual, couple, or a family with older kids to call his own — the young man simply wants to be your one and only. Nigel can be characterized as a shy lap cat. Once the two-year-old has gotten comfortable he'll knead you, though, and he takes pleasure in the occasional treat and sisel scratching posts. A slow and patient introduction would be best for Nigel as he adapts to his new environment. Meet him today at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital in downtown Tacoma. Please call 253.274.0225 or visit www.metvetpets.com  to learn more. Nigel's Reference is A50169.

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Euthanized Grizzly’s Long Life at Northwest Trek included Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine | The Olympian


Public Comments Period Extended for Grizzly Bear Restoration in State

from National Park Service & U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
March 13, 2017

Public comment period open through April 28, 2017.

Sedro Woolley, Wash. – The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will extend
the public comment period regarding the proposed alternatives for the restoration of grizzly bears to the North Cascades Ecosystem by 45 days, through April 28, 2017. The agencies received several requests for an extension to the comment period from members of the public and local elected officials.

The goal of the public comment period is to gather comments regarding the draft EIS; public comments received on the draft EIS will be evaluated and considered in the identification of the preferred alternative, which will be published in the Final EIS.

The alternatives analyzed in this draft EIS include a “no-action” alternative, plus three action alternatives that would seek to restore a reproducing population of approximately 200 bears through the capture and release of grizzly bears into the North Cascades Ecosystem. The alternatives were developed by a planning team with input from the public, local, state and federal agencies, and the scientific community.

The public is invited to view the draft EIS and submit written comments through April 28, 2017, online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/grizzlydeis  or via regular mail or hand delivery at: Superintendent’s Office, North Cascades National Park Service Complex, 810 State Route 20, Sedro Woolley, WA 98284

Actions proposed on National Forest System lands under the draft EIS are subject to the USDA Forest Service’s pre-decisional objection process. This comment period constitutes the opportunity to establish eligibility to object to the Forest Service’s draft decision under the regulations at 36 CFR 218. For more information on this process, visit: https://www.fs.fed.us/emc/applit/includes/20160531Final218ObjectionBrochure.pdf

The grizzly bear was listed as a threatened species in the contiguous United States in 1975. The species was listed as endangered by the state of Washington in 1980.

Thank you for your interest in this project~
The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This July 4 Marks First Time Bison are Recognized as the
 National American Mammal...

     July 1, 2016: On May 9, 2015 President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act naming the bison as America's National Mammal. One day later, May 10, this image of a mother bison nursing her calf was captured by Edwinna Van Eaton at Yellowstone National Park.
     Edwinna explained the Yellowstone herd, with many calves, were on both sides of the road but this mom and calf stayed still long enough for her to get a photograph.
     Once numbering hundreds of thousand animals the great bison herds were almost completely wiped out by hunting, efforts to starve out Native Americans, and infected by diseases brought by domestic cattle. In 1900 there were just 300 bison in the United States.
     The species was saved by a Scottish immigrant, James "Scotty" Philip who was a rancher and politician in South Dakota. He is credited with an important role in preserving the bison from going the way of the passenger pigeon and other species made extinct by humans.
     Wild bison are an important part of the ecosystem = prairie dogs, native plants, pronghorn (incorrectly called antelope), birds such as sharp-tailed grouse, burrowing owls and magpies depend on their connection to bison.,
      Bulls can weigh up to a ton and bison can reach speeds of 30 to 40 miles an hour. They are the most dangerous animal in Yellowstone, Many more people are injured and die from bison than bears.


Prelude: Reason for Bailey's
Trip Back to Tacoma...

       from Shelby Taylor

     We got a call from Marcy, an Executive Director at the Lenawee Humane Society, who told us of a young man visiting Michigan with Bailey, a nine-year-old Shepherd mix. He was arrested, and the dog went with Animal Control, in a city where they euthanize animals after five days. Bailey was then transferred to Lenawee, and the young man got in touch with Marcy, expressing that he did not want his dog to suffer for his mistakes.

Six States Crossed to Bring Bailey Home to Family in Tacoma...

Bailey puts on a happy face when she's finally home (courtesy photo)

Humane Societies Working Together...

      by Shelby Taylor
     Marketing and  Events Manager
     Tacoma-PC Humane Society
     August 30, 2016

Humane Societies always work hard and do good work. When they work together, miracles happen,” Marcie Cornell, Executive Director of the Lenawee Humane Society in Adrian, Michigan, said.
    On the morning of August 25, Cornell placed a call to the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County to see if the shelter could help nine-year-old Shepherd mix, Bailey, make her way across the country to get back home. The dog had been at the Michigan Humane Society, separated from her owner. [The owner was arrested, Bailey was sent to a kill shelter, then moved to the Lenawee shelter.]
    When Cornell found out that Bailey’s home base was in Tacoma she immediately mobilized staff and volunteers to get the dog back home. With the help of Paws N Pilots Pet Rescue Services, Bailey was flown to Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor. There she was met by the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County’s “Tail Wagon,” and delivered to the doorstep of 80-year-old Joyce Wild.
     Wrought with emotion, the Wilds finally had their Bailey back after a 2,247 mile-long journey.


Bailey is greeted by her family and pet owner Joyce Wild, 80, in the pink. (courtesy photo)


What is That Bird?

                                                                                                         (photo by Tony Sirgedas)

     by Tony Sirgedas
      September 22, 2003

      What are those large birds flying overhead?  They're not the usual red tailed hawks or bald eagles we have become accustomed to seeing. They are vultures !!  Turkey vultures to be exact.  Several were spotted Saturday, September 21, in the Ohop Valley feeding on road kill.  Pictured is one of the vultures walking up the Clay City road. Like many other migratory birds, turkey vultures migrate north in the early spring and return south in the fall months, passing through Washington for a quick snack.

      Did you know ?

    The Turkey Vulture (and also the California Condor) are classified by the Ornithological Union in the same order as storks and flamingos (Ciconiiformes).
    The Turkey Vulture is lacking strength in its tiny grasping claw and does not, and cannot, kill. Also, the Turkey Vulture's beak has neither the shape nor strength to tear into a fresh carcass?
    The Turkey Vulture's digestive system has the unique ability to kill any virus and bacteria in the food the bird eats and the vulture's droppings and dry pellets (bolus) are clean and do not carry disease?
     For more information on turkey vultures visit The Turkey Vulture Society at www.accutek.com/vulture/ .

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"I wish people were more like animals. Animals don't try to change you or make you fit in. They just enjoy the pleasure of your company. Animals aren't conditional about friendships. Animals like you just the way you are. They listen to your problems, they comfort you when you're sad, and all they ask in return is a little kindness.”

~ Bill Watterson








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~Woodrow Wilson










"Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail."










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~ Amy Miller









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~Groucho Marx.





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