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Colorful Stray Iguana Found In Fremont

FREMONT (CBS SF) — An East Bay animal shelter is trying to track down the owner of a colorful stray iguana police found.

An officer answered a call and rescued the colorful reptile from the bushes outside an apartment complex in the area of Warm Springs and Warren.

“A citizen called in very excited and said I have an animal lizard in my front porch bush area. It’s about 3 feet long and looks like a big dragon lizard,” said Animal Service Officer Ron Nicolls. “When I got there, he was this beautiful blue iguana sitting there just chilling out.”

Officer Nicolls snapped a photo of the little guy among the flowers and says it was one of the best he has ever taken.

When he turned the iguana in to the Tri-City Animal Shelter, he was blue.

“A nice bright blue, very vivid in color, generally those are island iguanas, kind of rare in the States,” he said.

Now the stray iguana is is a lovely shade of green, and ready to go home once his owner shows up.

The owner, or anyone with information about the owners whereabouts should call the Tri-City Animal Shelter at (510) 790-6640.

Suspected Bobcat Captured After Prowling Houses In San Benito County

HOLLISTER (CBS SF) — Calling “Kitty, kitty, kitty,” wildlife rescue workers captured a tame bobcat last night in Ridgemark, a census-designated place near Hollister, one of the rescuers said today.

Over the last six weeks, reports of a bobcat wandering through yards in Ridgemark came into the San Benito County branch of Wildlife Emergency Services, said Rebecca Dmytryk, the agency’s founder.

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Tame bobcat captured in Ridgemark, San Benito County. (Wildlife Emergency Services photo)

At first, the reports seemed typical. Deanna Barth, who heads up Hollister’s wildlife rescue efforts, educated the callers on how to scare off wild cats, as is customary.

However, peculiar reports began coming in, Dmytryk said. The bobcat entered a house through sliding glass doors when the occupants were showering. The bobcat followed one person and rubbed against the person’s leg, as cats will do – “but not wild bobcats,” she said.

The unusual behavior indicated that the bobcat had been “habituated, tamed or imprinted,” to humans, Dmytryk said. While well-meaning individuals sometimes tame wild animals, it’s not the best thing for the animal, she said.

Most of the reporting parties were unsettled by the encounters, and “there was a danger to the bobcat and people in the community,” Dmytryk said. “Someone might have panicked and injured the bobcat, or vice versa.”

Barth organized a capture effort with Dmytryk. Friday night around 9 p.m., the two went to the area where the cat was most often observed, and found the bobcat in a field.

They started calling, “Kitty, kitty, kitty,” and sure enough, the tame bobcat responded. After efforts to get the cat into a carrier failed, Barth distracted the bobcat with a cat toy and Dmytryk scooped it into a net.

The bobcat is temporarily being held at the administrative officers of Wildlife Emergency Services in Monterey County, Dmytryk said.

“We’re working on finding a Department of Fish and Wildlife-approved sanctuary” where the bobcat can live, she said.

“We think it’s a female,” she said but added they are not yet sure. While the rescuers are “99 percent certain” the creature is a bobcat, there are some features — such as its coat — that might indicate otherwise, she said.

Anyone with information about the bobcat and how it came to be tamed is asked to contact the rescue agency at

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Ten Cats Who Are Just Getting the Way (Because They Can)

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Monterey SPCA Offers $1,000 Reward For Info On Hawk Shooting

SALINAS (CBS SF) — The SPCA for Monterey County is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot a federally protected red-tailed hawk near King City earlier this month.

A person at the intersection of San Lucas and Oasis roads found the hawk with five pellet wounds to its body on Aug. 7, according to the SPCA.

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A red-tailed hawk that was found shot near King City.

The hawk was brought the next day to a local veterinary hospital in King City, which contacted the SPCA’s Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.

SPCA officials said the bird had pellet wounds to its body, including its wings, legs and head. One of the pellets fell out easily while being cleaned but the other four are still inside its body.

In addition to the pellet wounds, the hawk suffered lacerations on one of its legs and a greenstick fracture in its left wing. The bird is also currently not eating.

SPCA officials said they are currently treating the bird for its injuries and hope to release him to the wild when he recovers.

Red-tailed hawks fall under the protection of the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which makes it illegal without a waiver to pursue, hunt, capture, take, kill or sell protected birds.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the SPCA at (831) 373-2631. Calls can remain confidential.

Donations can be made to the SPCA for Monterey County by calling them or visiting their website at

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Hero Pit Bulls Shield Kids From Venomous Snake, Get Bitten

THONOTOSASSA, Florida (CBS SF) — Melissa Butt was enjoying a sunny Sunday afternoon outside with her two grandchildren when she heard an alarming bark coming from two of her dogs.

The pit bulls were standing in front of her 4-year-old grandson and 1-year-old granddaughter, staring at a patch of grass three feet away from Butt’s front door.

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Slayer (left) and Paco (Melissa Butt)

“The dogs started acting a little funny,” Butt told CBS News. “They were barking and barking.”

So the grandmother from Thonotosassa, Florida, ran over to find out what was causing the commotion, and that’s when she saw it — a giant snake, which was later identified as a copperhead, wriggling around just inches from her dogs’ snouts. She yelled for her daughter, who quickly scooped up the kids and brought them inside.

Her 9-month-old red nosed pit bull named Paco was the first to spot the snake, but his older “brother,” a 3-year-old pit bull named Slayer, quickly stepped in to help.

“My Slayer takes over all of those situations,” Butt explained. “He’s ultra protective of the family.”

When the snake struck Paco, biting him in the elbow, Slayer attacked. The pit bull picked the snake up with his mouth, killing it.

“He almost bit him in half,” Butt recalled.

Unfortunately, Slayer didn’t escape scratch-free. The snake bit the 80-pound dog twice in the face, causing his snout to swell to almost twice its size within 30 minutes.

Both Paco and Slayer were rushed to an emergency vet, where they were given injections of antivenin, intravenous pain medication and anti-nausea meds.

“I know my dogs are heroes and without a doubt saved the lives of my grandchildren,” Butt said. “They are too small to have fought something off like that. If they had gotten bit I’m 100 percent sure they wouldn’t have survived.”

At first, Butt wasn’t sure if Slayer would make it. Fortunately, with donations from a local non-profit called Frankie’s Friends, Slayer was able to get the treatment he needed to survive.

“Pit bulls are nanny dogs. That’s actually why they were originally bred — to care and protect children,” Butt said. “And our Slayer has always been that way.”

Butt said Slayer is getting released from the vet on Wednesday, and hopefully, everything will return to normal. But first, Butt added, the family is going to try make sure their home, including their yard, is snake-proof.

“We knew when we moved here there would be the risk of alligators, bob cats, hawks, field mice and things of that nature. None of my research told me about venomous snakes,” Butt said. “My husband and I are both big researchers, do it yourselfers. Our boys are our boys and we’ve already started the process to make our yard a little less snake friendly.”

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage Wants Fans To Stop Buying Huskies

(RADIO ALICE) – The popularity of Game of Thrones and the Stark dire wolves has spurned an increase in the popularity of Husky breeds of dogs. The unforeseen side effect has been an increase of Huskies in local shelters. This phenomenon, known as the “Dalmatian Effect” after a similar surge after the film 101 Dalmatians, has lead to pleas from local shelters.

Now, even a star of the popular show has lent his voice to the cause.

Actor Peter Dinklage has partnered with PETA to make a strong statement against the craze and subsequent surge at shelters.

Please, to all of “Game of Thrones'” many wonderful fans, we understand that due to the direwolves’ huge popularity, many folks are going out and buying huskies,” Dinklage said in a statement released by PETA. “Not only does this hurt all the deserving homeless dogs waiting for a chance at a good home in shelters, but shelters are also reporting that many of these huskies are being abandoned—as often happens when dogs are bought on impulse, without understanding their needs. Please, please, if you’re going to bring a dog into your family, make sure that you’re prepared for such a tremendous responsibility and remember to always, ALWAYS, adopt from a shelter.”

According to PETA, similar spikes in specific breeds were attributed to Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Legally Blonde, and Men in Black in addition to 101 Dalmatians and Game of Thrones.

feet Game Of Thrones Peter Dinklage Wants Fans To Stop Buying HuskiesBradford Hornsby is an editor, music writer, web producer, and pop culture blogger for CBS stations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Find him on Twitter at @bradfordhornsby.

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Top 10 Great Moments Caught on Camera When Cats Attack!

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Toothy, Prehistoric Fish Fossil Found In Nevada; New Species Chomped Like Shark

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — A fossil found in northeastern Nevada shows a newly discovered fish species that scientists believe looked, and ate, like a shark. The fossil is what remains of a bony, sharp-toothed fish that would have been about six-feet-long with long jaws and layers of sharp teeth.
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Fossil head of a new, sharp-tooth fish discovered in northeast Nevada. (Photo via University of Zurich)

The type of jaw and teeth on the fish suggest it would have chomped down on its prey before swallowing it whole, like a shark, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported. “The surprising find from Elko County in northeastern Nevada is one of the most completely preserved vertebrate remains from this time-period ever discovered in the United States,” said Carlo Romano of the University of Zurich, lead author of a Journal of Paleontology article about the find. The fish, which researchers called Birgeria americana, predates Nevada’s most famous fossil, the Ichthyosaur, by more than 30 million years. The Ichthyosaur was a 55-foot-long reptile. One of the largest concentrations of Ichthyosaur fossils was found near Berlin, Nevada. The find led to the Ichthyosaur becoming Nevada’s state fossil. The Birgeria americana fossil finding is important because it sheds light on how quickly large, predator species evolved following the Earth’s third mass extinction that preceded the Triassic period about 250 million years ago.
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Artist conception of Birgeria americana showing the fossil skull inset bottom right. (Artwork by Nadine Bösch via University of Zurich)

The evidence shows the fish was alive and well about 1 million years after mass extinction 66 million years ago wiped out an estimated 90 percent of marine species. It also shows a large fish was surviving in water previously thought to be too warm to support such life. At the time, water near the equator, which is where land that became Nevada was positioned about 250 million years ago, could have been warmer than 96 degrees. “The eggs of today’s bony fish can no longer develop normally” at such a high temperature, researcher said. Researchers learned of the fossil about five years ago after fossil collector Jim Jenks of West Jordan, Utah, stumbled upon it near Winecup Ranch north of Wells. “It was just a very lucky find,” said Jenks, who was credited among the paper’s authors. “I happen to notice the teeth glinting in the sun. That is what caught my attention.” Jenks turned the fish over to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, which has a large collection of fossils and connections with leading researchers. © Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed

K-9 Officer And Partner Nab Burglary Suspect In Watsonville Woods

WATSONVILLE (CBS SF) — A canine officer and his partner nabbed a burglary suspect in a heavily wooded area of Watsonville early Saturday morning, police said. A man called police around 5 a.m. saying he was watching two suspects going through his property via his security cameras, police said. As officers approached the home in the 100 block of Eileen Street, the suspects fled into a heavily wooded area, according to police.
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Watsonville K-9 “Axel.” (Watsonville PD via Facebook)

The police asked the suspects to surrender several times, getting no response. Officer Javier Ayala and his canine partner Axel were called into action, and around 6:30 a.m. the two tracked down a suspect hiding in heavy brush, police said. Officers warned the suspect that Axel would be deployed if he didn’t surrender. The suspect didn’t comply and the police dog went into action, apprehending the suspect, police said. The suspect, Jose Rodriguez, 34, identified as a transient, was allegedly found to have multiple warrants, police said. According to police, Rodriguez had a warrant for an unrelated burglary. The suspect was taken to the hospital for medical clearance and then taken to the Santa Cruz County Jail, police said. The second suspect was not located. © Copyright 2017 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed