Animals

Learning the tools of the trade of horse ranching

The idea of being a rancher or taking care of horses may seem like a simple, peaceful kind of life.  But as Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chip Skambis reports, some college students are finding out that’s not always the case: [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/RanchStoryRedo.mp3]

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Area hunters disagree with extended protection for black bears

Although Florida black bears no longer need threatened species classification, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is still working to ensure numbers stay strong. Assistant Bear Program Coordinator Mike Orlando says a management plan needs to be put in place. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/orlando2edit.mp3] Area hunters voiced concern about this process at …

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Animals seized from Citra-area home receiving care

Marion County Animals Services continues to care for pets taken from unsanitary conditions last week. County spokesperson Elaine DeIorio says there were 28 dogs and 18 cats seized, which is not uncommon in the area. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/DeIorio2.mp3] She says the next step is file petition to custody of the animals so …

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Marion County Animal Services rescues 28 dogs and 18 cats

Marion County News Release Marion County Animal Services staff worked late into Wednesday night to take custody of 28 dogs and 18 cats that were living in unsafe and unsanitary conditions. The animals lived in a Citra-area single-wide mobile home (16552 NE 45th Court) with their owners: Denise Decker, 44, …

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Cost of vet services spike, but owners willing to pay

 A trip to the doctor is not only becoming more pricey for the average Gainesville resident but for our four-legged friends as well.  WUFT-FM’s Nickelle Smith says the rising costs of veterinary services is affecting pet owners and vets alike. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/RisingVetCosts.mp3]

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UF students and alligators: sharing the campus

University of Florida students probably aren’t thinking very much about the alligators who live in the ponds around their school. However, Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Sarah Samuels reports students should always be wary of encountering alligators on campus. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/alligators.mp3]

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Not all campus alligators hide from the cold

University of Florida students probably aren’t thinking very much about the alligators which live in the ponds around their school.  But WUFT-FM’s Sarah Samuels says students should always be wary of encountering alligators on campus, especially with the changing season. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/CampusAlligators.mp3]

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A look behind the stables

Many people have seen the Gainesville Police Department’s Mounted Unit patrolling weekend and holiday crowds. But as WUFT-FM’s Tori Petry reports, these four-legged officers are more than just workhorses. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/MountedUnitWRAP.mp3]

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Working with “man’s best friend”

Alachua County’s K-9 department has a very unique police partnership between two officers. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chrissy McLarty reports, some dogs are responsible for putting convicts behind bars, while K-9s help them serve time. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/ChrissysDogProjectFinal.mp3]

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UF Veterinary Forensic Sciences Program provides justice in animal cruelty cases

Neglect, hoarding and blood sports all fall under the category of animal abuse.  Two years ago the University of Florida paired up with ASPCA, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to form the first veterinary forensic sciences program.  Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Kristin Hammel reports. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/KristinHammelProjectAnimalCrueltyProjectredo.mp3] (News …

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