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Deer populations causing rise in tick-related illnesses
The Associated Press via Grand View Outdoors    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the trees and grasses of the South, there are a growing number of unwanted visitors: ticks. At best, they are an itchy nuisance and, at worst, they can carry debilitating diseases. Public health officials say that numbers of reported cases of diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are not yet alarming and have not yet shown a definitive trend upward from a national perspective. But they do worry that more ticks means more of a risk that those diseases will spike. And scientists are finding species of ticks not seen before in the region. More

Arizona wildlife officials warn residents of coyotes
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Rising temperatures in Tucson, Ariz., also may bring a rise in coyotes venturing into neighborhoods this summer. The Arizona Daily Star reports that Arizona Game and Fish officials are telling Tucson residents the hot, dry climate may drive coyotes to look for water and food near homes. Raul Vega, Game and Fish supervisor, says the predatory animals may be drawn to a pet's water bowl, swimming pools or bird baths. Food sources such as pets, garbage, fallen fruit or rodents attracted to birdfeeders. More

Mountain lions kill 2 radio-collared wolves in Montana
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Mountain lions have killed two radio-collared wolves in the Bitterroot Valley since January, a state wolf specialist in Montana says, and two others were killed last year. "I haven't heard of it happening anywhere else," Liz Bradley of Montana, Fish, Wildlife and Parks told the Ravalli Republic. "It's pretty interesting that the Bitterroot has had so many." More

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Texas dove hunters needed for national survey
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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is asking Texas dove hunters to take part in a national survey in June. The upcoming survey will ask dove hunters nationwide to share their experiences and opinions about dove hunting. Topics will include time spent hunting, demographics, constraints to hunting, and thoughts about potential effects of spent lead from hunting ammunition on mourning doves and other wildlife. The survey is a cooperative effort by the state fish and wildlife agencies, all four flyway councils and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. More

Smallmouth fishing heats up in Ozarks
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Anglers are starting to experience one of the best times of the year for stream fishing: prespawn smallmouth fishing in the Ozarks. Missouri is at the forefront of the best smallmouth fishing in the nation. Even in streams still managed with the 12-inch, six-bass creel regulations, anglers release most smallmouth they catch. More

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Nature Conservancy, state of Tennessee charting new path with Doe Mountain acquisition
Knoxville News Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Nature Conservancy and state of Tennessee purchased 8,600 acres on Doe Mountain, one of the largest remaining blocks of private land in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. The property will be set aside for everything from ATV use to hiking, horseback riding and hunting in order to better stimulate the local economy. More

Public tells Montana FWP to increase mountain lion hunt quotas
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Public comments overwhelmingly support a proposal to increase the number of mountain lions that can be harvested in Montana. Of about 115 comments received by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, 91 were in favor of increasing the number of mountain lions — in particular females — that can be taken as part of a population control effort. Only two people advocated decreasing the quotas; 22 recommended maintaining the status quo. Overall, the proposed quota adjustments call for allowing 517 lions to be harvested during the 2012-2013 season, which is about 95 more than the previous year. More

Minnesota turkey hunters enjoy big season
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The 2012 spring turkey season has wrapped up and although it was not a record setting season, this year's Minnesota harvest total will exceed last year's total of 9,532 toms. In 2010, spring hunters shot more turkeys than ever before setting the current harvest record of nearly 13,000 birds. According to Steve Merchant, wildlife population and regulation program manager for the Department of Natural Resources, hunters were on a record-setting pace during the early stages of the season. Through the first six days of hunting, 3,671 toms were registered, which was similar to the record season of 2010. More

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