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Animal News: Zoo Monkey Beaten to Death; Livestock Cruelty Case Closed

By: AP
By: AP

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Police are hoping that a baseball cap found inside Zoo Boise will help them track down the suspects in the beating death of a monkey.
A break-in at the zoo early Saturday left a Patas monkey dead from blunt force trauma to the head and neck.
Police are analyzing blood found at the scene to determine if it came from the monkey or one of two human intruders.
Police say two males wearing dark clothing were spotted by a security guard at 4:30 a.m. outside the fence near the primate exhibit.
Both fled and police have been unable to find them.
But they said late Saturday night that a grey baseball cap with a skull design was probably left behind by one of them.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Only one coyote had been shot so far and no protesters showed up at a New Mexico gun shop sponsoring a coyote hunting contest this weekend.
The business manager of Gunhawk Firearms in Los Lunas says so far only TV and radio reporters milling in the shop's parking lot were the biggest problem the hunt created.
Animal activists and the state's trust land commissioner were incensed when Gunhawk owner Mark Chavez said he'd go ahead with the hunt despite the protests.
Gunhawk's Rick Grosse said Saturday each of about 100 hunters signed a pledge to only hunt on private land with the owner's permission. He says there's no shortage of hunting spots because many ranchers lose cattle to coyotes and are happy to see them gone.
The hunt continues Sunday.

CHINO, Calif. (AP) -- The owners of a Southern California slaughterhouse whose workers were caught on videotape abusing cattle, leading to one of the nation's biggest beef recalls, have agreed to pay more than $300,000 to settle a lawsuit.
The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/WdjUmz ) Donald Hallmark Sr. and Donald Hallmark Jr. also agreed to a nominal $497-million judgment against the now-defunct Hallmark Meat Packing Co., which will not be collected because the company is bankrupt.
The Hallmarks were two of nine defendants in a federal False Claims Act suit brought by the Humane Society of the United States.
The government recalled 143 million pounds of beef in 2008 after the Humane Society released video from the Chino plant showing cows too sick or injured to stand being dragged with chains and rammed with a forklift.


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