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Texas drought will harm wildlife habitat for years
The Associated Press via The Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wildlife biologists believe the worst yearlong drought in Texas history will have a lasting impact on entire ecosystems. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologist Jeffrey Bonner says the lack of moisture harms everything from the plants to the predators at the top of the food chain. Bonner says most wildlife will suffer low reproductive rates this year as their bodies enter basic survival mode. Since January, Texas has only gotten about 6 inches of rain, compared to a norm of about 13 inches, making it the most severe one year drought on record. More



Wildlife officials probe deaths of dozens of deer
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Montana wildlife officials say dozens of white tailed deer have been found dead or dying in northeastern Montana's Milk River Valley and surrounding areas since the beginning of August. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say they don't know what's caused the deaths, but they suspect it may be epizootic hemorrhagic disease. More

Arkansas commission sets waterfowl hunting dates
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The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has approved a 60 day hunting season for waterfowl. The commission voted recently to hold duck season hunting from Nov. 19 - Nov. 27, Dec. 8 - Dec. 23 - Dec. 26 - Jan. 29. The youth hunt is set for Feb. 4 and Feb. 5. More

Conservationists ask court to stop Idaho, Montana wolf hunts
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Conservation groups recently asked a federal appellate court to stop upcoming hunts in Montana and Idaho that target more than 1,000 wolves. In the request for an emergency injunction, filed electronically to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, environmentalists argued that the planned hunting and trapping will cause irreparable harm to a wolf population slated to be reduced by 69 percent, dropping to 496 from 1,566. More

Elk study finds good survival rate for calves
The Associated Press via The Billings Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The survival rate of elk calves born last spring in northwestern Montana has exceeded predictions, wildlife biologists said. The study in the southern part of the Bitterroot Valley found that about 64 percent of the calves fitted with radio tags survived, better than across the border in Idaho. "The survival rate here was higher than expected," said University of Montana assistant wildlife biology professor Mark Hebblewhite. "Just over the border in Idaho, they found that there was quite a bit of mortality during the hiding phase of an elk calf's life. They are quite vulnerable then." More

Maryland lawmakers to get striped bass rule changes
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Maryland's Department of Natural Resources plans to present changes to striped bass netting regulations to state lawmakers. The changes were prompted by the discovery last winter of tons of illegally netted striped bass, also known as rockfish. More

Minnesota issues draft moose management plan
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Wildlife managers hope a new moose management and research plan will keep the majestic mammals roaming northern Minnesota for generations to come. The draft seeks to bolster research into what's killing Minnesota's moose faster than they can reproduce and to find out what can be done, if anything. More

Meeting planned about NH waterfowl hunting season
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The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department wants to hear from the public on proposed hunting season dates and bag limits for the 2011 waterfowl season. More

Proposed mountain lion season creates disagreement
Rapid City Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
South Dakota biologists want to let hunters shoot more mountain lions next year to help increase the Black Hills populations of elk and deer that serve as the lion's prey, a South Dakota wildlife official said recently. South Dakota State Wildlife Director Tony Leif said evidence indicates that mountain lions have played a role in recent declines in deer and elk numbers. "We're looking to find a better balance between the population of mountain lions in the Black Hills and the population of deer and elk that serve as the primary prey base for those lions," Leif said. More

Smallmouth bass discovered in Lake Tahoe
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Researchers have confirmed the presence of smallmouth bass in Lake Tahoe and they're saying it's likely the most voracious invasive species within the waters. And to counter the spread of the bass as well as other invasive species, they're proposing a new metric to measure water quality near the shore where the unwelcome fish thrive. More


 
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