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Go Wild at These Animal Sanctuaries in Sonoma County

Sonoma County may be a dream destination for wine lovers but there are many ways to enjoy the good life here, beyond the tasting rooms. How about rolling in the mud? Or napping in the hay? Or roaming around with a bunch of furry friends? That’s how pigs, sheep, goats, bobcats, mountain lions and other… Keep Reading

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The menace of Lake Ralphine: Video appears to show non-native snapping turtle that can lop off toes with a single bite

Urgent warning to all bullfrogs, bluegill, California slender salamanders, Western skinks, green sunfish and pond sliders currently living in Santa Rosa’s Howarth Park: An alligator snapping turtle may have moved into the neighborhood. A Reddit user identified as CRSR707 posted a video Monday that he shot at Lake Ralphine while visiting the park. The longish… Keep Reading

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Sonoma Valley Fire District welcomes Koda the therapy dog

The newest edition at Sonoma Valley Fire District had months of training, but don’t expect him to pick up a hose. Koda is a therapy dog, specially trained to help firefighters cope with the rising stress of their workload. “We’re obviously doing a line of work that’s inherently dangerous,” said Trevor Smith, Koda’s handler and… Keep Reading

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