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NC bird watchers gear up for annual bird count

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North Carolina residents can make sure the state develops a reputation as being for the birds. Full story...
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8 cats found shot to death in NC

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Rowan County authorities are trying to determine who shot and killed eight cats and an opossum and dumped the bodies beside a road near Salisbury. Full story...
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Bat-killing fungus discovered in NC

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State wildlife officials say a deadly fungus that has killed countless bats across the eastern United States has reached North Carolina. Full story...
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TROUBLESHOOTERS: Brunswick Co. man upset pit bull roams neighborhood

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video Held hostage in his own neighborhood. A Brunswick County man says he can't walk down his street because of a neighbor's pit bull. Joe Trull says he's called Brunswick County Animal Control and the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, but they haven't helped. Full story...
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Hit-and-run kills horse, injures riders

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A hit-and-run driver has killed a horse and injured its riders in a collision near Cherryville. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Woman faces fine for posting pictures of mutilated cat on Facebook; Updated with info from Sheriff's Dept.

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A New Hanover County woman posted pictures of herself with a mutilated animal on her Facebook page, and it's causing quite the stir on the Internet. Full story...
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Pender shelter must move dogs for renovation

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After failing a state inspection, the shelter must renovate its septic system. As a result at least 60 dogs need to be relocated by the end of the month. Full story...
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Garden club dedicates new bluebird house trail

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Bluebirds in the Cape Fear have a new place to call home. Today the Cape Fear Garden Club dedicated its second bluebird house trail at the New Hanover County Arboretum. Full story...
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New Hanover raises fines for leash law violations

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Letting your dog run free could cost you more money in New Hanover County. Commissioners today approved increasing fines for violating the county's leash laws. Full story...
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WPD mourns K9

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Wilmington Police said goodbye today to a decorated member of the department. WPD held a memorial service for Huck, one of its K-9s. Huck died last month after a sudden illness. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Close call for weak pelican on busy highway

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videoFinally a bird story with a happy ending, but it didn't start out that way. An island is a good spot for a pelican, unless it is the center island on MLK Parkway in Wilmington. Full story...
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NC Zoo loses 41-year-old rhinoceros to illness

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One of the oldest and most popular residents of the North Carolina Zoo has been euthanized after a lengthy illness. Zoo officials say Alice, a 41-year-old Southern white rhinoceros was euthanized on Tuesday. Full story...
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Pet owners seek accountability from vet for dog's death

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video For many folks, pets are family, and when family gets sick, you do everything you possibly can. Brittany Barham said someone else's negligence led to her beloved dog's death. Full story...
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Fewer dead, injured pelicans washing ashore

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Possumwood Acres Sanctuary volunteers say in the past week the number of birds found has drastically decreased. The volunteers have found several birds suffering from frost bite, which is a natural occurrence during winter. Full story...
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UPDATE: Pelican deaths not malicious

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The Wildlife Resources Commission sent pelicans found on Topsail Beach to the University of Georgia for autopsies to determine their cause of death. Sara Schweitzer from the commission said although the results are not confirmed, early findings show the birds were not killed maliciously by people. Full story...
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