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Leash Law Advocates of Santa Cruz County supports animal welfare for both domestic and wild animals, with a special emphasis on leash laws and the safety it brings local animals.

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Monarch Butterfly Experts Criticize Tropical Milkweed Ban

Marin, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Ventura counties have prohibited nurseries from selling a species of tropical milkweed species after the California Department of Agriculture recategorized it as a noxious weed. But some experts say the focus should be on larger threats such as pesticide and herbicide use.

(Sept. 22, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
Smoke from Wildfires Puts Cats at Risk of Deadly Blood Clots

Dr. Ronald Li, a veterinarian at UC Davis, treated 23 cats rescued from the Tubbs fire in 2017. In addition to the expected traumatic injuries, something else caught Li’s attention. “We noticed clots forming within their hearts,” he said. “But at that time, we didn’t know why.”

(July 27, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report

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Image caption: Tahoe Weekly offers advice on how to help protect the beloved region.
The 5 Greatest Threats to Lake Tahoe

Tahoe is majestic and awe inspiring with its jagged mountain peaks, thick forests, swift-running rivers and hundreds of glacial and alpine lakes.

Image caption: Breeding wood ducks, blooming coastal bush lupines, and farewell-to-spring blossom are among the summer delights in Santa Cruz County.
Summer Sensations

We asked the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History to highlight the area’s most thrilling warm-weather attractions.

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Animal habitat lawsuit stalls UCSC housing projects

Students pushed off campus, some to their cars.

Image caption: Artist's rendering of the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing, which will be the largest in the world.
The Bridge to Coexistence

The Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing, which will help pumas in the Santa Monica Mountains cross 10 lanes of Highway 101, will be the largest in the world.

Image caption: Mountain lions and many other species are in danger from collisions with cars.
Five California Wildlife Crossings Keeping Animals Safe

California is creating wildlife crossings that can help animals get across dangerous highways without risk of death from vehicle strikes. Here are five of them.

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Tracking the Sounds of Blue Whales

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute study finds communication is key to the species’ survival

Image caption: From the coast to the mountains, Santa Cruz County’s landscape has given way to human development. But residents can make all parts of the region more hospitable to native species.
Backyard Ecology

Tips for creating wildlife-friendly habitat in Santa Clara County, no matter where you live.

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Rarities spotted in Christmas Bird Count

CENTRAL COAST—Dozens of volunteers counted 206 species of birds during the annual Christmas Bird Count, which despite its name took place on New Year's Day here in Monterey Bay and in locations throughout the U.S. The numbers will be fused …

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Work Begins on Hwy 17 Wildlife Undercrossing

The California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) has begun nighttime work on a wildlife undercrossing near Laurel Curve on Highway 17, which is expected to reduce traffic to one lane in the north and southbound directions. The work began Tuesday on …

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Anonymous donor gifts rescue horse to CASA Santa Cruz

AROMAS—In June of 2020, a horse named Rooster arrived at The BackStretch, a nonprofit ranch in Aromas that aims to provide a haven for abandoned, abused and neglected horses. The 16-year-old Quarter Horse had finally found his “forever home” after …

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