Pet Scoop: Warmth Throws Off Hibernating Animals, ‘Dog Whisperer’ Protest Planned

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Warm Winter Confuses Hibernating Animals

Humans are not the only ones wondering why this winter has been so mild. Rather than sleeping in their dens until March, black bears may feel the warmth and decide to venture out for food in the next few weeks, a wildlife specialist from Cornell University told Fox News. The winter warmth may also lead to a record deer population, with many more than usual surviving the winter months. There is speculation that there will also be a surge in the tick and mosquito populations. — Read it at Fox News

Rhode Island Bill Would Ban Animal Devocalization

Saying that “debarking,” a surgical procedure that removes a dog’s vocal chords, is most often “for the benefit of the pet’s owner or breeder,” Rhode Island’s senate majority leader introduced legislation that would restrict the practice unless it is medically necessary. — Read it at GoLocalProv

‘Dog Whisperer’ Is Expected to Bring Loud Protesters

When famed dog trainer Cesar Millan, the ‘Dog Whisperer,’ visits Columbus, Ohio, for a live demonstration, he’ll be met by fans — and some howling protesters. Some local trainers and owners are opposed to Millan’s methods, arguing that his use of “intimidation and force” is outdated. But the Dog Whisperer defended himself to The Other Paper. “My methods aren't about force; they're about authority and leadership," Millan said. “I recommend using whatever method you are most comfortable with that accomplishes your goals humanely." —  Cesar’s Way

What If Cats Were in These Masterpieces?

If the legendary artists who created these paintings saw this, they probably wouldn’t be thrilled. But you might get a laugh. Check out these images from a gallery of “Famous Paintings Improved by Cats.” — See it at Today

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