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A New Brooklyn Road Eagle’s Rescue and Release Story + Video

A couple of weeks ago during a rainy spell Ken and Sue Hassenmiller awoke to discover a large bald eagle standing in their back yard off of New Brooklyn Road. Ken said they had heard a commotion of animal noises during the night. By the time they got up in the morning one injured eagle…

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How to Winterize Your Chicken Coop

by Allison Krug, science/medical writer and BI chicken farmer With the shorter days and colder weather, you may wonder if your chickens are comfortable. Should you be supplementing the light in their coop to keep them laying through the winter? Do they need extra light for warmth? Should you buy a warmer for their water?…

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Posted in Animals, Coop Scoop, Don't Miss This 12 Comments

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Citizens Concerned About Pet Rabbits Dumped at Battle Point Park

Pet rabbit dumping at Battle Point Park is nothing new. Not too many years ago a population of domestic-turned-wild rabbits managed to scrape out a living at the park and burgeon into a sizable number, at its height well beyond one hundred, based on anecdotal sightings. In the last few years, whether from predation or…

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Animal Tales: Still Looking for Kittens? Meet the Three Amigos

by Melissa Byrd of PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap Thank you Paws & Fins Pet Shop for sponsoring our Animal Tales feature. These three lovable amigos are the “leftovers” from kitten season, having needed a little extra time to get ready for adoption. Although they have similar coloring and are all about six months…

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Muddy Mutt? DIY or Full-Service Grooming at Salty Dog Wash

Whether your dog needs a spiffy professional trim or a good long bath after break-dancing on a dead salmon, Salty Dog Wash is open for business and here to help. Co-owners and long-time friends and Islanders Patty Keplinger and Alison Rice, with support from a third partner Heidi Story, opened Salty Dog to meet a…

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Posted in Animals, Business, Community, Don't Miss This 33 Comments

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Unusual Bird Sighting at Battle Point Park

There is certainly colorful bird life at Battle Point Park, but none quite so exotic as the macaw sighted there yesterday. His person, who preferred not to be named, told curious kids that her bird Geranimo (spelled with an a, not an o) plays catch with her with a ball and likes to eat walnuts, seeds,…

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A Record-Breaking Year for West Sound Wildlife Shelter

by Cate McCaslin, Special Events & Development Coordinator at West Sound Wildlife Shelter It’s been a record-smashing year already at West Sound Wildlife Shelter. For fun (and to get a good idea about 2015) we decided to add up our numbers, and what we found was simply astounding! The following numbers are for 2014 up…

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Name That Bird: Ubiquitous Beauty

This stunning, familiar bird is the most common raptor in North America. With 14 subspecies, it has variable plumage but is nonetheless relatively easy to identify, with its large body, rounded wings, and wide short tail. This keen-eyed, efficient hunter is highly adaptable and thrives in a wide range of habitats. Monogamous, this raptor typically…

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Strawberry Hill Dog Park

Owner of Seriously Wounded Dog Warns About Risk of New Dog Park

Barbra Boiser lives near Bainbridge Island’s new dog park at Strawberry Hill, and after several friends told her to check it out she took her dog there to give it a try on Tuesday, September 30. Having never been to an enclosed dog park, Bosier inspected the scene before letting her dog, Angel, into the…

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New Map Shows Best Places to See Orcas in Puget Sound

Resident orcas are expected in Puget Sound this week on the hunt for their primary food, salmon, which are returning to area rivers to spawn. Now the nonprofit organization Orca Network has published a map of good on-shore locations for spotting whales in Puget Sound and surrounding areas, from north of Whidbey Island to south…

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Cause of Death Determined for German Shepherds Found at Stottlemeyer Trailhead

The Kitsap Humane Society (KHS) has released results from necropsy evaluations of the two German Shepherds whose bodies were discovered Saturday morning at the Stottlemeyer Trailhead. According to Dr. Jen Stonequist, cause of death for both dogs appears consistent with severe injuries resulting from being hit by one or more vehicles. There is no evidence…

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Animal Tales: This Jack Russell Loves Her Girl Time

by Melissa Byrd of PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap Thank you Paws & Fins Pet Shop for sponsoring our weekly Animal Tales feature. Shiner is a 7-year-old, 18-pound Jack Russell Terrier. She is all white except for the little brown eyebrow that inspired her name. The photos shown here are scans of scans and…

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Two Dead German Shepherds Found Dumped at Stottlemeyer Trailhead

Note: This story includes graphic details and a potentially disturbing image. Yesterday morning, September 20, at about 8:45, Amanda Gorman Jackson pulled up with her horse trailer at the trailhead off of Stottlemeyer Road in Poulsbo. She was meeting a friend to go riding and was the first to arrive. She said what she saw…

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Posted in Animals, Crime, Don't Miss This 5, News2 Comments

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Who Takes the Fall for a Dog Bite?

At midday Saturday, September 13, a man was walking his dog on leash on the south sidewalk of High School Road, heading toward Safeway. A second man approaching from the opposite direction and heading to the library tripped on an uneven portion of the sidewalk and fell toward the dog. Startled, the dog bit the man…

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$800 Reward for Information About Shot Cat

A week ago, on August 25, Bainbridge Islander Linda Wolf discovered that her cat Calypso had come home with a wounded right front leg. Assuming she had been in a tussle perhaps with a raccoon, Wolf’s husband treated the wound with antibiotic cream. But Calypso, a small friendly cat who regularly visits the neighbors but…

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Posted in Animals, Crime, Don't Miss This 2, News1 Comment

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Name That Bird: Deranged Yodeler from Dino Time?

This large striking black-and-white red-eyed water bird can be spotted on coastlines and inland fresh lakes in the Pacific Northwest. Lucky Bainbridge Islanders occasionally see this species or hear its unmistakable tremolo and yodel calls, which can travel as far as five miles away to the human ear. One of the oldest birds on Earth,…

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Photos of the Day: Sweet Tooth

While her companions, two does and another fawn, were content to munch on grass, this young black-tailed deer helped herself to juicy blackberries in their prime right off the vine off of Arrow Point Drive. She also browsed on the blackberry leaves and tenderest vines. Deer will feed on a range of berries, including salmonberry,…

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Name That Bird: The Littlest Falcon

This colorful, feisty raptor is the smallest falcon in North America. Often seen in the Pacific Northwest in open spaces along roads, on wires, and in meadows and farmland, this graceful flyer helicopters on the wing and catches a variety of large insects, small rodents, and occasionally small birds on the ground or sometimes in…

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Wildlife Shelter Issues Watch for Displaced Wildlife During Visconsi Clear-Cut

Bainbridge Island’s West Sound Wildlife Shelter has issued a statement to the public warning people about wildlife displaced and/or injured by the destruction of the forest habitat at High School Road and Highway 305 today, August 20, as the land is rapidly clear-cut by feller bunchers. The Shelter anticipates animals running onto nearby roads, including…

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Posted in Animals, Community, Environment, New 2, Wildlife Watch4 Comments

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Battle Point Osprey Falls From Nest, Gets Rescued—Twice (w/ Photo Gallery)

At 9:30 Friday morning, August 15, a fledgling osprey fell some 120 feet out of its nest from the platform above the Battle Point Park water tower. Bainbridge Island Park District workers spotted the young osprey on the ground a little ways north of the water tower, where it was flapping around, apparently unable to…

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