Category Archives: Animals

Over 500 Endangered Coho Salmon Swim Into Lagunitas Creek

LAGUNITAS (KPIX 5) — The Marin Municipal Water District has counted 563 Coho salmon in Lagunitas Creek, the highest number in 12 years. Every year around this time, the endangered species swims in from the Pacific Ocean, making their way into the creek to lay their eggs. “We’ve seen over 500 Coho salmon this year,” said Gregory Andrew, Marin Municipal Water District’s Fisheries Program Manager. Andrew said that in previous years, there have been “as few as about a 100.” The researchers are not sure why the numbers have jumped up. They said that stream habitat projects have helped as well as improved ocean conditions. Whatever the reason, it’s good news. “They come back as large adults that are awesome to see,” said Andrew. Seeing the salmon on rainy days is a problem. The rain and cloudy skies are keeping most of the fish in deeper water, where they hide until the sun comes back out. Creek-goers Flora and Alice said a lot of fish were moving around spawning yesterday. “To increase the drama, there was a little silvery 10-inch male that was trying to get in on the action,” said Flora. The rain and increased flow in the stream is what triggers the salmon to find their way back to the woods. “This coming weekend is supposed to be clear, so that will be a good time to come see some salmon spawning,” said Andrew.

Baseball’s Tony La Russa Has A Passion For Pets: ARF!

Baseball Hall of Famer and former A’s coach Tony La Russa shares his passion for pets. He’s co-founder of ARF, the Animal Rescue Foundation that’s hosting its annual fundraiser Jan. 26 at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek. ARF Stars to the Rescue will feature such stars as Bruce Hornsby and Christian McBride. For more information and tickets, go to or

DA Undecided In Case Of Jogger Who Claims She Was Bitten By Teen On Oakland Trail

OAKLAND (KPIX) – Prosecutors were trying to determine whether to bring charges in a bizarre case that start on an Oakland hiking trail and ended with a nasty bite, not from a dog, but from a human. A woman jogger claims she was attacked by a dog and then bitten by the dog’s owner, and has photos showing the scars. The other woman claims her dog was pepper-sprayed and has video showing the dog with a swollen eye. On Monday, two very different versions of what allegedly happened were presented by the jogger and the defendant’s lawyers. The 19-year-old defendant says she was acting in self-defense. John O’Conner is the victim’s attorney. “It wasn’t just a bite where she let go with her teeth, she kept her teeth sunk in the arm, until she was able to grab the pepper spray” he said. “This is my clients arm,” he said pointing to a photo. The photos are hard to look at. Attorney Emily Dahm represents the dog owner, 19-year-old Alma Cadwalader. She says her client was acting in self-defense. “That’s the classic thing you do when you are defending yourself when someone is attacking you and you can’t get them to let go of you – you don’t bite a little. You bite hard and you don’t let go,” she says. Dahn says her client’s Shepard-Husky mix ran up alongside the jogger. She says shortly after, the jogger overreacted and pepper-sprayed the dog. The jogger lawyer says her client was attacked 20 minutes later. “My client finished her run and looped back, as she is wont to do,” says O’Conner. “When she came back the other way, the owner approached her aggressively, and got in her path.” “I don’t know where that’s coming from,” says Dahm. “That’s not at all what’s happened. This was not a two-part encounter – this happened all at one time.” “The assailant then started biting into her jacket, so violently she tore the jacket, bit through the jacket, and the result is the bite mark we’re showed you,” says O’Conner. “This was an unprovoked, unwarranted attack on my client’s dog, and then on her,” says Dahm. The teen faces three felony charges after biting the jogger but on Monday,m the District Attorney continued the arraignment. No charges were filed as they continue to review the case.

Count Finds 86 Percent Decline in Monarch Butterflies on California Coast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Researchers with an environmental group have labeled as “disturbingly low” the number of western monarch butterflies that migrate along the California coast.

A recent count by the Xerces Society recorded fewer than 30,000 butterflies, which it said is an 86 percent decline since 2017.

By comparison, the group in 1981 counted more than 1 million western monarchs wintering in California, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The Xerces Society conducts annual Thanksgiving and New Year’s counts and was not certain what caused the numbers to drop. It said there is no substantial evidence of a delayed migration and butterflies are not being reported in other parts of the country.

A 2017 study by Washington State University researchers found the species likely will go extinct in the next few decades if nothing is done to save it.

Scientists say the butterflies are threatened by pesticides, herbicides and destruction along their migratory route. They also have noted climate change impacts.

University of Michigan and Stanford University researchers found carbon dioxide from car and factory exhaust reduced a natural toxin in milkweed that feeding caterpillars use to fight parasites.

Western monarch butterflies are typically seen from November to March in forested groves along the California coast.

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Vallejo Fugitive Faces Additional Charges After Dog Found Dead In Apartment

VALLEJO (CBS SF) – A Vallejo man who already had two arrest warrants against him is also facing charges of animal cruelty, after authorities said they found a dog that died of starvation in his apartment.

According to a statement by the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, 24-year-old Kane Brazael is wanted on a federal probation violation and a robbery in Vallejo.

Kane Brazeal is wanted on multiple arrest warrants, including a probation violation, robbery and animal cruelty. (Solano County Sheriff's Office)

Kane Brazeal is wanted on multiple arrest warrants, including a probation violation, robbery and animal cruelty. (Solano County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputies said Brazeal had not been seen at his apartment since late November. When authorities served a search warrant on December 20th, they found a dog had been left in the apartment without food or water and had died of starvation.

Following the discovery, an arrest warrant for animal cruelty has been filed against Brazeal.

Attempts to locate Brazeal have not been successful so far.

Brazeal may be driving a black 1996 Lexus SC 400 coupe, license plate 7NVY978.

Lexus SC400 Coupe possibly being driven by Kane Brazeal. (Solano County Sheriff's Office)

Lexus SC400 Coupe possibly being driven by Kane Brazeal. (Solano County Sheriff’s Office)

Anyone with information about the case is being asked to contact Detective Charles Olmstead and (707) 784-7055. Callers can remain anonymous.

Menlo Park Cat Survives Rat Poison; Set For Adoption

SAN RAFAEL (CBS SF) — The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA is seeking an owner for a cat that improbably survived ingesting rat poison and was rescued at a workplace in Menlo Park in October. The 7-month-old female cat named Millie ingested bromethalin, a toxin in over-the-counter rodenticides, and was found by a good Samaritan on Oct. 2 in extremely bad shape, humane society officials said. “He recognized immediately the cat was very sick and brought her to us,” PHS/SPCA spokeswoman Buffy Martin Tarbox said in a news release. “She was completely comatose, and over the following days had intermittent seizures. She was in such bad shape we didn’t expect her to survive.” However, Millie was able to somehow survive the poison, which causes fluid to gather in the brain and spinal cord, causing severe swelling of tissues, seizures, coma and death. Humane society officials say the cat has impaired sight and will likely never be neurologically normal, so they are seeking a household for her that will keep her as an indoor cat, ideally one that is quiet with no small children. Millie is spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and her adoption fee is $80. People can visit her at the PHS/SPCA shelter in Burlingame at 1450 Rollins Road.   © Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AKC Adds ‘Azawakh’ Dogs From West Africa To List Of Recognized Breeds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A fleet-footed hound that hails from West Africa is the latest dog in the American Kennel Club’s pack of recognized breeds.

azawakh dog AKC Adds Azawakh Dogs From West Africa To List Of Recognized Breeds

Azawakh dog (Wikimedia Commons)

The club announced Wednesday that the Azawakh, pronounced AHZ’-ah-wahk, became the 193rd breed in its roster. That means Azawakhs can now compete in many dog shows, though they’re not eligible for the prominent Westminster Kennel Club show until 2020.

The long-legged, smooth-coated Azawakh looks elegant but is no dainty dog. Traditionally a companion of nomads, the breed has long been a hunter and guardian in parts of the Sahara Desert and semi-arid Sahel region, including in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.

Azawakh with Tuareg AKC Adds Azawakh Dogs From West Africa To List Of Recognized Breeds

Azawakh dogs among the Tuareg people in Africa. (Wikimedia Commons)

Azawakhs are known for running fast and being loyal to their owners, though sometimes aloof with strangers.

Breeds must count hundreds of dogs around the country to be recognized.

Curious Mountain Lion Caught On Camera In Front Yard Of Home

DEL REY OAKS (KPIX) – A curious mountain lion was caught on camera sniffing around the front yard of a home in Monterey County. The cat was lurking in the shadows and appears to be particularly interested in a pumpkin. Police said the wild animal was wandering through a neighborhood in Del Rey Oaks on Wednesday. Some shoppers at stores nearby were surprised to learn the animal so close. “Definitely shocked, especially because it’s such a populated area around so many shops,” said one woman. Police say while attacks on humans are rare, they can happen. Residents in the area should make sure pets stay inside.

East Bay Senior Citizens, Students Enjoy Ongoing Lessons From ‘Juanita The Duck’

SAN ANSELMO (KPIX 5) — A group of East Bay senior citizens who encountered plenty of red tape when trying to bring back a beloved bird which had been lost are teaching people a lesson in perseverance, among other subjects. Three years ago during Christmas week, residents Bello Gardens – an assisted living facility in San Anselmo, welcomed home its most famous fowl: Juanita the duck. Today, Bello Gardens’ most recognized resident waddles down the hall into the facility’s dining room as part of a unique educational project. Juanita has been showcased in almost two dozen wildlife lessons in the last year. Recently, Juanita delighted first-graders from St. Anselm School. “I think she’s cute and pretty,” said student Megan Parente. “She’s got a good place to live,” noted Dr. Jim Cunningham, Dominican University ornithologist. The orphaned duck made the news three years ago when she escaped from her home at Bello Gardens. She was found but couldn’t return to her adopted family of senior citizens, because it’s against the law to keep wild animals as pets. However, the residents at Bello Gardens didn’t give up. “We had 11,000 signatures in two weeks on,” recalled Bello Gardens administrator Neysa Hinton. Their congressman, Rep. Jared Huffman, was among those who hatched a plan to bring Juanita home. Bello Gardens has kept up its end of the bargain: it’s maintained a special permit to use Juanita as the centerpiece of a wildlife education program. So students come to the assisted living center for field trips organized by Dr. Cunningham. “This gives them an opportunity to see something that’s a little bit different, a little unusual,” he said. Megan agreed. Seeing Juanita in person is so much better than reading about ducks. “You can actually see her. Not in the pictures, because in the pictures it doesn’t really show the colors,” Megan said. Fellow first grader Matthew Warmby learned something, too. “How she blends in with the other colors in the trees. So she can protect herself,” he said. To keep Juanita here, Bello Gardens has to renew the permit every year, showing proof of her care and educational role. “We need to show the hours of her care and the hours to maintain her lifestyle,” administrator Hinton chuckled. In fact, she logged 300 hours last year caring for the feathered celebrity. That includes a special diet, visits to the vet, and maintenance of her backyard living space. Her habitat got a $2,000 upgrade three years ago one of the conditions of her homecoming. Today, the mallard is the facility’s mascot and best buddy to residents like Ed Meagor. “Lot of people do have relatives come over and a lot of us don’t have it, but we got Juanita to be here, and she looks at us and gives a quack every once in a while,” said Meagor. As for Juanita herself? She is now almost five years old, and bird experts say she could live another 14 to 16 years. Food service manager Walter Paredes knows her best. “She like to be with the people,” he said. And the seniors at Bello Gardens love to be with her. For them, home is where their duck is.