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State Considers Loosening Rules on Elephant Rides

by Gabe Bullard on November 23, 2011

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is considering lifting the state ban on elephant rides.

The department will hold a hearing Tuesday to gather public comment. The rule change would allow people to ride elephants at circuses, fairs and other events.

But the rides face strong opposition. Animal advocates say elephants are dangerous and riding them adds to the risk of harm. Further, many advocates are against the use of elephants in traveling shows.

Critics plan to attend the meeting and share their opposition. Some are backing a proposal to require anyone offering elephant rides to have a $5 million liability insurance policy.

In the 1990s, an elephant that was used for rides at the Louisville Zoo attacked a visitor. The city lost a lawsuit over the incident and elephant rides were banned. The ban was lifted six years ago as part of the review of city and county laws that followed merger. The statewide prohibition on elephant rides came later.

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Coyote Sightings Likely To Increase

by Gabe Bullard March 8, 2010

Coyote sightings will likely increase in Kentucky in the coming weeks.

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First Modern Bear Hunt In Kentucky Saturday

by Gabe Bullard December 18, 2009

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife has approved a brief bear hunting season starting Saturday.

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Renowned Wildlife Artist Creates New Work for Charity

by ekramer November 5, 2009

A revered Kentucky wildlife artist has created two new works with prints that go on sale this week for charity. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. In the 1960s, Ray Harm was one of the first artists to create paintings and sell a limited number of prints from them. Back then, his wildlife lithographs sold for […]

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A Greener Golf Course?

by kespeland September 26, 2008

Golf courses may look green, but not every course is environmentally green. But as WFPL’s Kristin Espeland reports, two courses in Louisville are working to change that.

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Freshwater Mussels: Endangered but Coming Back

by kespeland April 14, 2008

Kentucky’s rivers and streams once carried more than a hundred species of freshwater mussels. Today, nearly a quarter are endangered, and many are already gone. WFPL’s Kristin Espeland reports on why mussels matter, and how efforts to bring them back are breaking new scientific ground.

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