Articles: wildlife

Can a Dog Guard Against Bears?

Bears now….previously have answered about porcupines pets and coyotes and pets – here’s a question (from my newspaper column) about how to “train” a dog to defend against bears, and a unique way to determine how a dog might respond. Q: We live in the woods, and the bear population has been increasing here. A…

Coyote Problems: Protecting Pets, What to Do

Q: I’m concerned about coyotes; the problem is worse than ever around here. I’m especially worried about my little Bichon Frise, who has no way to defend herself. Recently, there was a coyote attack nearby on a dog who didn’t survive. I don’t want this to happen to my dog. Any advice? — C.G., Schaumburg,…

Gay Animals

Maybe it’s proof that you are born gay….or maybe not. For example, new research demonstrates that zebra finch raised by their fathers aren’t as likely to pair for life with female birds as they are with a dude finch. It seems, the gay blades just ‘hang’ together and don’t usually truly have a gay sexual…

Keep Flies Away with Fashion

A report in the Journal of Experimental Biology is that a pattern of narrow stripes makes zebras “unattractive” to the flies. Dr. Susan Akkeson of Lund University and her team placed a blackboard, a whiteboard, and several boards with stripes of varying widths into one of the fields of a horse farm in rural Hungary. The striped board…

Wolves Create Change

Wolves are important….in fact, this stellar and beautifully shot video is worth watching because it illustrates how little we know about how nature works. By making one rash decision (like removing wolves) or by destroying one species, even introducing a species, the impact may be far greater than we currently understand. The video is spectacular…

Tiger Walks into A Bar

So, what happens when a tiger ambles into a bar? Q: What’s a tiger running a copy machine called? A: A copycat! Q. Q: Why did the tiger loose at poker? A. Because he was playing with a cheetah Q: Where does a tiger sleep? A: Anywhere he wants to!  Q: Who went into the…

Betty White on Steve Dale Pet World, WGN Radio

The one and only Betty White joined me on my WGN Radio show, Steve Dale’s Pet World, if you missed it – listen HERE to my conversation with the most beloved person in America. We talked about everything from mountain gorillas to Johnny Carson, to dogs.  

Dog-Friendly and Nature-Friendly Communities

Stephen Jenkinson is a manager of green spaces and development – Hear my conversation HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World on how he  works to make sure that communities have adequate room for pets. He explains how this helps make communities better for everyone. He says local community officials are very good at telling people…

Animal Connections: Everyone Wants to be a Vet

It seems every kid wants to grow up to be a veterinarian. “I hear that all the time,” agrees Dr. Christine Jenkins, Group Director of U.S. Veterinary Medical Services at Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health). “It seems everyone, of all ages, loves to play veterinarian.” Through a new Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit called “Animal Connections:…

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