Montana officials seek information on dead grizzly; hikers shoot Wyoming bear in self defense

With grizzly bear protections and hunting in the news of late in grizzly country in the Lower 48, two recent bear deaths are making headlines in Montana and Wyoming. In Montana, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Department are seeking information on the shooting death of a sub-adult male…

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Pennsylvania Game Commission expands CWD rules

Above: Wayne Laroche, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s special assistant for CWD Response, addresses a press conference in Kirkwood, N.Y., on Wednesday, May 16 regarding the finalized CWD Risk Minimization Plan in neighboring New York state. (Video by Steve Piatt/Outdoor News) Pennsylvanians who harvest deer anywhere in New York, Ohio, Maryland or West Virginia no longer…

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Vermont Drastically Reduces Number of Moose Permits This Year

Vermont JournalVermont has reduced the number of moose hunting permits by nearly 85 percent. The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board voted to reduce the number of moose hunting permits the state will make available this year to 13. That’s a drastic reduction from last year’s 80 permits. The board also voted to limit the annual bull…

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Deer feeding bill gets massive makeover, passes Senate

Legislation that was aimed to legalize some forms of supplemental feeding of wild deer in Illinois was passed out of the Senate this week – albeit as a much different version of the original proposal. Senate Bill 2493, which originally stated “a person may supplementally feed deer with items otherwise prohibited by the Wildlife Code when…

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North Dakota Bighorn Sheep Population Declines

SayAnythingBlogNorth Dakota’s bighorn sheep population is the lowest it’s been since 2006. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department recently completed and compiled its annual bighorn sheep survey for 2017. The agency released its findings in an email newsletter. They concluded that the sheep population has declined from the year before, with an 11 percent…

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Michigan Lawmakers Make Move to End Ann Arbor’s Deer Sterilization Efforts

Travis SmolaThe Ann Arbor Michigan deer sterilization experiment may be coming to an end if a new bill becomes law. The saga of the urban deer herd in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been a subject of hot debate across the state. Now, the Michigan House is looking to end at least one controversial aspect of it:…

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Federal grand jury indicts five Illinois men on charges of illegal waterfowl hunting in Fulton County

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)PEORIA, Ill. – Five men have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to alleged illegal waterfowl hunting in Fulton County in 2015 following an investigation conducted by the Illinois DNR and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In early 2015, IDNR conservation police officers received information regarding…

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Boom time on central Wisconsin’s grasslands

(Wisconsin DNR photo)RUDOLPH, Wis. — Hoarfrost hung from the trees, fence wire and prairie grass. A school bus, pronounced by its blinking roof beacon, slowly headed west on Highway M just a few minutes before Carl Flaig could be heard to the northeast calling in his herd of 60 cows in a nearby paddock for…

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