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No bighorns are known to have died in Catalina Mountains in past month

Bighorn sheep apparently have had their best month in the Catalina Mountains since 31 of the animals were transplanted to the range north of Tucson in November.

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Jonas Salk: Good at virology, bad at economics

On April 12, 1955, Edward R. Murrow asked Jonas Salk who owned the patent to the polio vaccine. "Well, the people, I would say," Salk responded. "There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?"

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Experts decode germs' DNA to fight food poisoning

Experts decode germs' DNA to fight food poisoning

This photo taken Nov. 25, 2013 shows microbiologist Heather Carleton pulling up results of Listeria bacteria DNA while demonstrating a whole-genome sequencing machine called a MiSeq in a foodborne disease outbreak lab at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The …

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Experts decode germs' DNA to fight food poisoning

Experts decode germs' DNA to fight food poisoning

This photo taken Nov. 25, 2013 shows microbiologist Ashley Sabol extracting Listeria bacteria for genome sequencing in a foodborne disease outbreak lab at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The nation's disease detectives are beginning a program to try to outs…

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Experts decode germs' DNA to fight food poisoning

Experts decode germs' DNA to fight food poisoning

WASHINGTON — Chances are you’ve heard of mapping genes to diagnose rare diseases, predict your risk of cancer and tell your ancestry. But to uncover food poisonings?

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Experts decode germs' DNA to fight food poisoning

Experts decode germs' DNA to fight food poisoning

In Atlanta, microbiologist Molly Freeman pulls listeria bacteria from a tube to be tested for its DNA fingerprinting.

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Tucsonan leads effort to put GMO food labeling on ballot

PHOENIX – With no funding and facing a July deadline to gather 173,000 signatures, a Tucson man is out to require labels telling consumers whether food products are genetically engineered or made with genetically engineered ingredients.

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Ariz. bills target federal wolf-recovery program

Ariz. bills target federal wolf-recovery program

PHOENIX — Arizona Republicans who say the federal government is overstepping its boundaries are targeting a gray-wolf recovery program with bills that allow livestock owners to shoot the wolves while also directing the Legislature to consider banning conservation efforts.

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Ariz. animal cruelty bill moves to Senate

Ariz. animal cruelty bill moves to Senate

PHOENIX — State lawmakers agreed to create special exemptions from animal cruelty laws for farmers and ranchers despite complaints that it would ease penalties on those who abuse and beat farm animals to death.

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Sara Dent: Restrictions on puppy sales will protect city' animals

Sara Dent: Restrictions on puppy sales will protect city' animals

Puppy mills and backyard breeders are operations that emphasize profit above animal welfare. While there is no official definition, in a 1984 legal decision, the term “puppy mill” was defined as “a dog-breeding operation in which the health of the dogs is disregarded in order to maintain a l…

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Bighorn-preying lions to be killed in smaller area only

Bighorn-preying lions to be killed in smaller area only

Mountain lions that kill bighorn sheep in the Catalina Mountains will now be tracked and killed by state-sponsored hunters only in a portion of the Catalinas rather than throughout the range, wildlife officials said Friday.

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Paton's Birder Haven to be sold

Paton's Birder Haven to be sold

A residence in Patagonia — where bird-watchers have come for decades to spot species such as the sought-after violet-crowned hummingbird in the backyard — will be sold by the owners and managed by the Tucson Audubon Society.

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Rosemont, Game and Fish reach wildlife conservation agreement

The Arizona Game and Fish Department will get about $10 million over a decade from Rosemont Copper for land, water rights and wildlife projects to compensate for impacts of the proposed Rosemont Mine, the department announced Tuesday.

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Mexican gray wolf: Where the wild things aren’t

Mexican gray wolf: Where the wild things aren’t

When I was the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, I was fortunate enough to take part in the release of 11 Mexican gray wolves into Arizona’s Apache National Forest in 1998.

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Federal officials approve horse slaughterhouse in NM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Federal officials cleared the way Friday for a return to domestic horse slaughter, granting a southeastern New Mexico company’s application to convert its cattle facility into a horse processing plant.

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Feds: Mexican gray wolves not subspecies

Feds: Mexican gray wolves not subspecies

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Environmentalists are blasting a federal government decision not to list the Mexican gray wolf as a separate subspecies under the Endangered Species Act.

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Black-tailed prairie dogs moved to new digs

Black-tailed prairie dogs moved to new digs

A colony of black-tailed prairie dogs moved into new digs Monday as part of an Arizona Game and Fish Department program to re-establish the once-native species to its historic range.

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Zoo panda cub that died had liver abnormalities

WASHINGTON — The 6-day-old giant panda cub that died at the National Zoo had liver abnormalities and fluid in its abdomen, but zoo officials said Monday that they don’t yet know the cause of death.

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Bat found outside Pima County building had rabies

A bat found outside of the Pima County Juvenile Court last week has tested positive for rabies, officials said.

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Tucson’s Giant George unseated as world’s tallest dog

Tucson’s Giant George unseated as world’s tallest dog

A Great Dane from Michigan is doggone tall.

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