Be BearWise: Wildlife group lays out the bear necessities for fall

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COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — Fall is fast approaching in Southwest Florida, which means black bears are going to travel further towards civilization during their search for food.

Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are urging residents and visitors to take measures to protect people and bears.

Bears need to consume around 20,000 calories per day during this time of year and will eat just about anything that’s within reach. One of the most frequent targets? Your garbage can.

Food scraps found in the garbage are convenient and provide a bear more calories in less time than foraging

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Easthampton warns of rabid raccoons; 2 people, pets reportedly exposed

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EASTHAMPTON — The city Health Department is warning residents to be wary of rabid animals after one raccoon tested positive for rabies and results are expected on a second one, officials said.

Two people and two pets were exposed to the animals in two separate cases reported on Friday and Monday in the area of East Green and Clark streets, said Health Director Bri Eichstaedt.

Both raccoons were trapped and sent to the Massachusetts rabies lab in Boston.

The first raccoon was confirmed to be rabid, and officials are waiting for results in the second case. Results are not due

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‘Londoners could be shortening their pets’ lives by two years’

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Londoners could be shortening their pets’ lives by up to two years by giving them extra treats, an expert has claimed.

Leading vet charity PDSA estimated 1.4 million dogs and cats across the UK piled on the pounds during lockdown, contributing to the ‘pet obesity epidemic’.

The problem in London is greater than anywhere else in England, with ten per cent of London pet owners admitting to overfeeding their pets instead of six per cent elsewhere in the country.

And 13 per cent of Londoners admit to feeding their four-legged family members more human treats since the pandemic began, compared

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The highlights and heartbreak that come with having a dog in retirement

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When Maureen Lloyd decided it was time to move from her condo to a retirement home this year, she really had only one stipulation: the place would have to allow her to move in with her cockapoo Lucy and cat Gulliver.

The 82-year-old looked at three or four possible destinations before settling on the Chartwell Waterford Retirement Residence in Oakville, Ont., because of its pet-friendly policies.

There are some compelling reasons for considering a dog in retirement. (And sorry cat lovers, our feline friends do not offer the same array of benefits.)

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Many of the positives

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Back To The Office: How to Help Your Pet Adjust to This Change

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By this point in time, the vast majority of employees have started to return to their office a few days a week or even full time. If you thought this was a big change for yourself, just imagine how your pet is feeling! To help make this transition as smooth as possible for you both, we’ve put together a list of things you can do to support your pet through this change to their daily routine.


Plan for their feeding schedule

While working from home, did your pet move from a two meal a day feeding schedule to multiple smaller

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