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Animals

FIRST ON 3: Giant bird on the loose in Masonboro Sound area

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video UPDATE: New Hanover County Sheriff's Spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says Animal Services provided assistance to the bird's owner and that the bird died of stress and exhausted. . Wilmington Police have been chasing an unlikely suspect along Masonboro Sound Road. They describe him as being about five feet tall, covered in feathers and quick on his feet. Full story...
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Raleigh police charge animal shelter volunteer with molesting dogs

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Seadon Collins Etienne Henrich of Zebulon was charged with four felony counts of crime against nature and three felony counts of disseminating obscenity, according to arrest warrants filed Thursday at the Wake County Magistrate's Office. Full story...
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Geese make home at Independence Mall

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video Independence Mall has some unexpected company: a pair of Canada geese have nested under one of the Dillard's arches. Full story...
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Black bear spotted in New Hanover Co. neighborhood

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A black bear has been spotted in a New Hanover County neighborhood. Full story...
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NHSO K-9 takes top honors for second year

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The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit won first place overall for the 2013 United States Police Canine Association Trials that took place last week in Holly Springs. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: WPD says pit bull attacked two of its police horses

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video On Wednesday 20 March 2013, a pitbull that was with his owner but not on a leash, attacked two WPD police horses as the Mounted Officers were passing through 2nd and Chestnut Streets. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Neglected dog recovering

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videoDeputies found a dog that was barely skin and bones about two weeks ago in a Brunswick County home. Officers say he was on the brink of death. Now the dog's owner is in jail, and the pup is recovering. Full story...
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NHSO sergeant earns K9 instructor certificate

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The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office has two new tools to help fight crime. Sgt. James Croom recently completed more than 400 hours of training to become the first certified K9 officer instructor in the county. Full story...
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Possum Drop bill heading to NC governor's desk

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A bill to let a western North Carolina community continue use a live possum in its New Year's Eve celebration is going to Gov. Pat McCrory's desk. Full story...
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One wanted, one charged in dog fighting case

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videoOne man is in jail and another is wanted in connection with dog fighting in Columbus County. Fair Bluff Police say they have received multiple reports of dog fighting in the area of Hamer Street, but with no information about the people involved. Full story...
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State folds in lawsuit over NC Possum Drop

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Barring a change in state law, the annual New Year's Eve Possum Drop in the mountains of North Carolina will have to carry on without a live animal. Full story...
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Volunteers walk NC coast to save sea turtles

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video Volunteers along North Carolina's coast are walking through muck and going out on kayaks to rescue sea turtles that get stuck in sounds when the water turns cold, stunning them and leaving them helpless to save themselves. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Fish kill reported at Masonboro Island

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videoState environmental officials report hundreds of thousands of dead Atlantic menhaden fish this week at Masonboro Island off of Wrightsville Beach. Full story...
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Two cold-stunned loggerheads head home

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videoIt happened much sooner than expected. The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher released two loggerhead sea turtles to the care of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission for an Atlantic release. Full story...
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Bald Head Island finishes deer cull

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videoBald Head Island has finished a cull of the island's deer population. It's the first step in the village's plan to launch a birth control program for the animals. The cull, which ended this morning, killed a total 20 does and 10 antlerless bucks. The meat will be processed and donated to local food pantries. Full story...
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