Archive: Animals

UPDATE 3/17: Feral Cats Win Reprieve

Updated 3/17 A group that advocates for feral cats is stepping up to the plate to help control the Chantilly cats, negating the need to euthanize them. The news from Saturday's Metro section is here. Updated 3/11 The news from this afternoon is here. Originally posted 3/5 According to this story from this morning's Metro section, the 200 or so feral cats that roam the streets of the Meadows trailer park in Chantilly have long been the darlings of some of the neighborhood's residents, though others find them a nuisance. Now the development's management company is getting involved; they want to trap and remove the cats and take them to the county animal shelter, where the pro-cat neighbors are worried they will be euthanized....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 17, 2008; 08:34 AM ET | Email a Comment

Spring Babies at Frying Pan Farm Park

Sophie Nemec, 6 of Fairfax meets Oscar, a one-month-old calf at Frying Pan Park. (Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post) If it's spring there must be baby animals at Frying Pan Farm Park. Check out this article from today's Fairfax Extra to read about this year's new arrivals....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 13, 2008; 03:01 PM ET | Email a Comment

House Fire Kills Seven Cats, Bird

From today's Metro section: Seven cats and a bird were killed when fire swept through a pet-filled home in the Falls Church area Monday afternoon, but 60 animals survived, Fairfax authorities said yesterday. Fire broke out about 2:30 p.m. at a Cape Cod-style house in the 6900 block of Jefferson Avenue. Firefighters found 54 dogs inside, none seriously hurt. Police took 52 of them to the county shelter, and two service dogs remained with their owner. Of 13 cats found, seven died, five were taken to a veterinarian and one went to a shelter, police said. Police charged residents Denis J. Downey Jr., 51, and Mark D. Snyder, 31, with a misdemeanor animal care violation and began seizure proceedings against them. Police were not certain why the men had so many animals. -- Tom Jackman...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | November 14, 2007; 07:47 AM ET | Email a Comment

Battling To Save Bats

Meet Leslie Sturges, the head of Bat World NOVA and a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator, who from her home leads a campaign to rescue the orphaned bats of Fairfax County....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | August 6, 2007; 10:16 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fire Shutters Therapeutic Riding Program

A fire is a Clifton barn has left the horses used by a therapeutic program for mentally and physically disabled people homeless and forced the suspension of the program. Read about it in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | July 26, 2007; 11:20 AM ET | Email a Comment

Eagles in Fairfax

Edward Clark of the Wildlife Center of Virginia releases a rehabilitated bald eagle back into the wild at the Mason Neck State Park. (Linda Davidson) Last week the bald eagle was removed from the list of endangered species and one needn't look far to see why. According to the Fairfax Extra, Between 20 and 40 of the birds are thriving on the Mason Neck peninsula....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | July 12, 2007; 01:33 PM ET | Email a Comment

Oh, Deer!

The explosive growth of the local population of whitetail deer (as many as 400 per square mile in some parts of the county) have health officials concerned about Lyme disease, transmitted by deer ticks, which also is a growing problem. The increasing number of deer has become more than a mere nuisance characterized by having your azaleas eaten or having the animals become an occasional traffic hazard. The story was in yesterday's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 26, 2007; 12:13 PM ET | Email a Comment

Plan Calls for Pet-Friendly Disaster Response.

This regional news story from today's Fairfax Extra describes a new statewide initiative designed to help pet owners find animal-friendly disaster shelters where they can go in the event of an emergency....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 15, 2007; 10:44 AM ET | Email a Comment

Area Seems To Accomodate Snakeheads

While the scientists say that the invasive nothern snakehead indeed seems to be spreading in the Potomac and its tributaries, so far there isn't much evidence that the Asian fish is squeezing out native species like the bass. Here is the latest....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 2, 2006; 05:40 PM ET | Email a Comment

Escaped Emu Still on the Lam

From today's Metro section: If you're passing through Centreville and see an emu, you're not hallucinating. Three emus escaped from a farm in the 15000 block of Braddock Road Monday, Fairfax County police said yesterday. One of the brown, ostrichlike birds rambled back home that day, and animal control officers found a second not far away, on Chandley Farm Circle just off Braddock Road in western Fairfax. But the third remained at large. It was last seen yesterday morning near Kamputa and Sully Park drives, a fair distance from the farm. Police said the emu will probably stay off roads unless scared or cornered, but they warned motorists to be cautious in the Sully area. Anyone who spots the emu is asked to call animal control at 703-830-1100. -- Tom Jackman...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 21, 2006; 10:09 AM ET | Email a Comment

George and Martha Go AWOL

No one has seen the bald eagle pair known as George and Martha -- who had been nesting near the Woodrow Wilson bridge -- in almost four months. An environmentalist says the lack of sightings is not yet cause for alarm. Read the Fairfax Extra story here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 14, 2006; 12:03 PM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 8/10: At Vienna Office Tower, No Dog Docs Allowed

Updated 8/10 The Vienna's Zoning Board of Appeals has denied Schutzengel's request. The Fairfax Extra's coverage is here. Originally posted 6/15 Finding a new home for an animal hospital isn't easy, as veterinarian Daniella Schutzengel found out when she faced fierce opposition to her plan to relocate her practice to a Vienna office tower. The Fairfax Extra has the tale....

 

By | August 10, 2006; 02:10 PM ET | Email a Comment

See Extra for Home Sales, Crime Watch, Food Reviews

A review of Pasa Thai's cuisine is only one of several features in this week's Fairfax Extra. Check out the weekly animal for adoption, home sales and local crime. What's your favorite local restaurant? Let us know....

 

By | July 6, 2006; 12:13 PM ET | Email a Comment

How Do You Feel about Squirrels? See Extra

Eating shutters, picnic tables, decks, bird seed, tulips and anything else deemed "chewable," frustrated homeowners fight an unending battle against nuisance squirrels. Today's Fairfax Extra chronicles one writer's move from the city to the Del Ray area of Alexandria and her quest to get rid of the pesky critters. What are your thoughts, suggestions?...

 

By | July 6, 2006; 11:08 AM ET | Email a Comment

Equestrian Center for Laurel Hill Park

A public riding facility, a 60-stall barn, indoor and outdoor arenas and riding trails are planned for Laurel Hill Park, former site of the Lorton prison. Today's Fairfax Extra reports an agreement between Fairfax4Horses and the Park Authority was signed June 14....

 

By | June 29, 2006; 10:29 AM ET | Email a Comment

$150 Million Bond Referendum Set For November

What do you think of this? The county Board of Supervisors will put this question to the voters on the Nov. 7 election ballot: Should the county sell $150 million dollars in bonds to pay for renovations and more security for police and fire stations, to expand the county animal shelter and to add synthetic turf to athletic fields? Metro section coverage of the board action is here.. There are a couple of questions here and plenty of room for observations....

 

By | June 6, 2006; 10:14 AM ET | Email a Comment

Huntley Meadows Goes Quackers

A feature story from Sunday's Metro section focused on the work of a team of volunteers who monitor duck nest boxes at Huntley Meadows Park for newly hatched ducklings, the ornithological equivalents of the tough kids on the block....

 

By | May 8, 2006; 10:05 AM ET | Email a Comment

Heard the Buzz? It's Headed for Your Backyard

Entomologists are warning that the Asian tiger mosquito, a plague to our area since it showed up here in the late 1980s, may be out in swarms within two weeks. Read about the nasty little beasties and what you can do to help reduce them in your neighborhood, here....

 

By | May 2, 2006; 10:18 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax: The 2006 Guide

An Introduction To The Guide Trying to make sense of Fairfax? Join our club. To help newcomers learn and old-timers discover new possibilities, here's The Guide for 2006. We know how easy it is to get confused here, because there are about a million people -- more people than seven states have -- and trying to make sense of the governing machinery can be tricky. The local governments include those of the county and two cities, the City of Fairfax and the City of Falls Church, each with its own idiosyncrasies and treasures. What you'll find in these pages is our attempt to lead you to old favorites you had not thought of for a while or to what might become favorites. There's golfing and fishing and biking and walking, just to name a few leisure pursuits. If you have students in the family, there's a place within the county...

 

By | April 28, 2006; 09:51 AM ET | Email a Comment

Coyotes Calling Fairfax Home

Familiar with Wile E. Coyote, the Warner Bros. cartoon icon, fruitlessly pursuing the Roadrunner across the deserts of the American Southwest? According to this Washington Post Magazine article, it has been a while since the wild canine has been forced to expand its range. It's here now....

 

By | April 17, 2006; 01:21 PM ET | Email a Comment

Animal Rights Group Sues Circus in Fairfax Court

Updated 3/16 The jury found yesterday that Ringling Bros. did not harm or conspire against PETA. The story is here. Originally Posted 2/28The owner of the Tysons Corner-based Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus is being sued in  Fairfax by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for espionage. Circus officials admit to the espionage, saying it was necessary to combat aggressive tactics employed by PETA, which campaigns against the use of performing animals. Ringling Brothers says infiltration is not illegal and PETA can prove no harm. The story is in today's Metro section....

 

By | February 28, 2006; 11:32 AM ET | Email a Comment

Please Read: Rules Issued for Commenting on Fairfax Focus Blog

Some readers of this blog have recently raised questions about the role of The Washington Post in policing Fairfax Focus. I have deleted a few blog posts because they did not meet The Post's standards for fairness. For more clarity about how to play by the rules, Jim Brady, the executive editor of washingtonpost.com has posted a message explaining the rules for readers participating in the site's Live Online discussions, discussion forums and for posting comments on the company's blogs. The complete list of rules is here. --Steve Fehr, Fairfax Extra Editor...

 

By | February 17, 2006; 01:06 PM ET | Email a Comment

Chantilly Company Under Investigation For Dumping Of Dead Pets

A Chantilly crematorium that specializes in disposal of the remains of deceased pets is under investigation by Fairfax County police after the carcasses of hundred of animals were discovered dumped in rural West Virgina. Read about it in today's Metro section....

 

By | February 3, 2006; 10:55 AM ET | Email a Comment

More Bug Spraying Planned

County pest management specialists observed more gypsy moth egg masses last fall, prompting a call for more aerial spraying of insecticide this spring to combat the potential for defoliation the bugs bring. Today's Fairfax Extra has an article about the moths and the what the county is doing about them and other local forest pests....

 

By | February 2, 2006; 01:28 PM ET | Email a Comment

Moran To Discuss Illegal Dog and Cat Fur Trade on Larry King Live

Congressman Jim Moran (D-Va.) is scheduled to appear on CNN's Larry King Live at 9 p.m. Saturday along with actor Alec Baldwin, animal rights activist Heather Mills McCartney and Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) to discuss the illegal trade on items from Asia that have been decorated with dog and cat fur....

 

By | December 8, 2005; 01:27 PM ET | Email a Comment

Don't Feed the Ducks

A hearing will be held Nov. 21 on a plan to establish a pilot program to prohibit the feeding of mallard ducks and Canada geese on 174 land parcels near Little Hunting Creek until Nov. 1, 2007. The idea is to reduce the number of waterfowl in the area in part because of a potential health risk. The Board of Supervisors set the hearing for 4:30 p.m. in the board room of the county Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy. Update 11/23: The Metro section had an article on this subject on 11/22....

 

By Steve Fehr | November 19, 2005; 06:24 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fed Up With Squirrels? We Want to Hear From You

Ah, it's fall. Our thoughts turn to leaves, apple cider and chilly nights at football games. Wait a minute, what's that sound coming from the attic? Oh no, the squirrels are back, chewing their way through the roof and into the house. What's that I see on the bird feeder? It's those [your adjective here] squirrels eating the bird seed I just put out. Share your favorite squirrel story with us and could you please sign your name, where you live and a daytime phone number so we can consider publishing it in the Fairfax Extra? Thanks...

 

By Steve Fehr | November 4, 2005; 12:38 PM ET | Email a Comment

Ten Horses Die in Clifton Fire

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Dept. issued this news release today: Units responded to a barn fire at approximately 2:40 a.m Oct. 26 in the Clifton area. The barn is located at 6429 Clifton Road....

 

By Steve Fehr | October 26, 2005; 05:42 PM ET | Email a Comment

Perhaps It's Time To Name The Snakehead The Official Fish Of Fairfax

Last weekend's heavy rains revealed high numbers of snakehead fish present in Dogue Creek on the southern edge of the county. Does anyone know if these things are good to eat?  Can the skins be made into boots or belts? The story was in today's Metro section....

 

By | October 11, 2005; 11:56 AM ET | Email a Comment

 

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