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Wildlife officials: Bighorn deaths show troubling patterns
Indian Country Today
A rash of bighorn sheep deaths this winter, most likely from pneumonia, has caused concern among wildlife officials for their unusual patterns. Dozens of bighorn lambs have died in the Upper Yellowstone herd near the North entrance to Yellowstone National Park since December, with one group of 25 to 30 animals now down to 17 sheep, according to reports.
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North Platte taxidermist known nationwide
The Associated Press via Beatrice Daily Sun
It's been over 40 years since Barry Johnson first taught himself to strip the skin from an animal and place it on a form. His taxidermy business just north of North Platte is now known nationwide, and his shop contains animals from around the world. It's pretty easy to start as a taxidermist, Johnson said, but there aren't many who do it full time. In a 50-mile radius, about 20 people do taxidermy, but Johnson is one of few who make their total income from it.
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Income tax checkoff for endangered wildlife will be eliminated
The Salt Lake Tribune
With their state income tax returns, Utahns can check off donations to youth character organizations, spay and neuter programs and an organ transplant fund. But they can't give to wildlife conservation anymore. The "Non-Game Wildlife Fund," created in 1981, was Utah's first tax donation check-off and generated more than $200,000 in its first year of collection. The money was spent on preserving endangered species including the black-footed ferret, otter and desert tortoise.
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Hoosiers, your squirrel pelts are finally worth something
The Star
In Indiana, it will soon be legal to trap otters and sell their fur. Same goes for selling squirrel pelts. Yes, there's a demand for squirrel fur. The Indiana Natural Resources Commission recently approved rules that include a limited river otter trapping season beginning this fall. The commission also approved rules that allow the sale of squirrel pelts.
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Wildlife officials trap, kill record-sized black bear
The Associated Press via The Washington Times
Florida wildlife officials have trapped and killed the state's biggest black bear on record. Officials say the animal — which weighed 740 pounds — had been roaming in neighborhoods in Seminole County before being killed. According to a bear biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, it is likely it grew beyond the 250-pound average for adult male black bears by eating curbside garbage in addition to its normal diet of berries and nuts.
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Termina Taxidermy booked solid in Kitscoty, Canada
Lloydminster Meridian Booster
If you're looking to get that trophy buck mounted, you'll have to get in line. Amelia MacLauchlan, founder of Termina Taxidermy in Kitscoty, Canada, opened her backyard studio last month, and is booked solid until March. "It was a culmination of all of the interests that I have, and all of the things that I was talented at," said MacLauchlan. "It all came together into taxidermy."
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