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Endangered sturgeon rescued from Yolo Bypass

WOODLAND, CA. - A team of biologists and volunteers rescued a dozen endangered green sturgeon from shallow waters in the Yolo Bypass on Tuesday.

"These are big, magnificent fish," UC Davis fisheries biologist Mike Thomas said. "They're primitive, prehistoric dinosaurs."

The sturgeon were trapped as high water receded. The fish, up to 7 feet long, were unable to use a fish ladder that helped many other species make their way back to the nearby Sacramento River.

Biologists believe poachers had already killed one of the green sturgeon and speared another.

"It's imperative that we get these fish out of this particular side channel and back into the main stem of the river so they can continue up towards Redding," Thomas said.

Yolo County Animal Shelter offering pet discounts in April

Yolo County Animal Shelter offering pet discounts in April

WOODLAND - The Yolo County Sheriff's Department Animal Services Section announced that from Tuesday, April 12 through Saturday, April 16, give a shelter cat or dog a new beginning and give yourself a special companion that is searching for a lap or sofa; it is a winning combination!

There will be special promotional pricing during the event for all available dogs and cats of $75.00 for dogs (an additional cost of $10.00 for license will be required for Yolo County residents) and $55.00 for cats. This fee supports the cost of spay or neuter, testing for Heartworm for dogs or FELV/FIV for cats, rabies vaccines, DHPP and Bordatella vaccine for dogs and FVRCP vaccine for cats and microchip for both!

If you are not able to adopt a new companion, the animal shelter appreciates donations of liquid laundry detergent and Frontline or Advantage.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom announces rare walrus pregnancy

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom announces rare walrus pregnancy

VALLEJO - One of the world’s most familiar animals is also one of the rarest of any found in a zoological park or oceanarium facility. Rarer still is the possibility of a birth, yet Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is awaiting its first Pacific walrus calf in a matter of weeks. Among the 17 walruses currently living in U.S. facilities, the park’s three individuals are also among the few that are still viable breeders.

"There have been no more than 11 recorded walrus calves born in North American zoological facilities since 1931," said Michael Muraco, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom’s Animal Care Director. "In fact, so little is known about reproduction in walruses, that in the past two years we have made great strides in understanding more about both reproductive anatomy and breeding strategies between males and females than has ever been recorded.

Pet owners cautioned against giving potassium iodide to animals

Pet owners cautioned against giving potassium iodide to animals

Pet owners anticipating the possible movement to the West Coast of radioactive material from Japan's damaged nuclear power plants should not give their dogs, cats or other pets potassium iodide tablets, cautions a UC Davis veterinary cancer researcher.

"At this point there is no risk to pets in California stemming from radiation released from the tragedy that continues to unfold in Japan," said Michael Kent, a faculty veterinarian who specializes in radiation cancer therapy.

He noted that UC Davis' William R.

Dog still missing from Monday's fatal crash

Dog still missing from Monday's fatal crash

DAVIS - Yolo County Animal Services officials are looking for a dog who went missing during a three-car fatal accident in Woodland on Highway 113 and County Road 25A on Monday, Feb. 28.

Vicky Fletcher with Yolo County Sheriff's Department Animal Services, said a male Chow Chow dog was found in one of the vehicles and removed at the scene, but a second dog also found on scene has since gone missing.

The dog is described as a spayed female Chow Chow, tan and reddish brown in color and answers to the name of "Suzy." Fletcher said she was seen after the accident in the area of North Pionner, Gibson Road and East Main Streets. "Suzy" was most recently seen Wednesday around 8 a.m. near Home Depot in Woodland.

The dog owner, who is from Fremont, is still in a local hospital recovering from his injuries sustained in the car accident.

If you have any information regarding "Suzy's" whereabouts, please call the Animal Services Section at (530) 668-5287 ext. 0.

Free Davis Wetlands tour March 5

Free Davis Wetlands tour March 5

DAVIS - The City of Davis Wetlands is open to the public for a monthly guided tour on Saturday March 5 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. These specially created wetlands use treated waste and storm water to create habitat for year round residents and migrating birds wintering in the Davis area.

Killdeer abound at the entrance to the Davis Wetlands, running in spurts under the solar panels. Their distinct call, kill-deer, can be heard repeatedly as they circle above on slender, rapidly-beating wings. These tawny shorebirds, slender members of the plover family, have two distinct, black breast bands and a red eye-ring.

Although many species of waterfowl are starting to return to their nesting areas in the north, a wide variety of ducks can still be seen at the Wetlands. Ruddy Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Canvasbacks, American Widgeons, Northern Pintails and Buffleheads were recently sighted.

Think your pet is cuter than this?

Think your pet is cuter than this?

Local resident Connie Gonzalez sent in this photo of her pooch "Cereena Quiles Villarreal" and says she is the cutest dog by far!

Think your pet is cuter? Send us a photo and the name of your community to writer@news10.net and we'll feature your furry friend.