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Wyoming’s plan to increase grizzly hunt quotas disputed

(Photo by Bob Drieslein)HELENA, Mont. — Conservation groups alleged earlier this week that Wyoming used part of Montana’s grizzly bear hunting quota to increase its own allocation for a proposed hunt this year, even though Montana wildlife regulators voted not to give away any part of its quota. Wyoming’s proposal for its first grizzly hunt in decades sets a quota…

Biologist says Selkirk mountain caribou herd may be extinct

SPOKANE, Wash. — A biologist says the south Selkirk mountain caribou herd may be extinct after aerial surveys found only three remaining animals. Bart George, wildlife biologist for the Kalispel Tribe, says two aerial surveys in March found only three female caribou. Last year there were about a dozen of the endangered animals. The Spokesman-Review says that less than 10…

Study: Wisconsin tribal forests more diverse, sustainable

The study indicated that changes in deer and forestry management can help forests flourish.MADISON, Wis. — Native American reservations in northern Wisconsin have older trees, as well as better plant diversity and tree regeneration than surrounding state or national forests, according to researchers. Dartmouth College and University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers recently published their findings in an issue of the Ecology…

Study shows no drop in pollutants feeding Lake Erie algae

TOLEDO, Ohio — Research into Lake Erie’s toxic algae shows no clear decrease in the pollutants feeding the persistent blooms during the past five years, according to an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency report. The review also finds that nearly all of the phosphorus and nitrogen flowing from Ohio’s streams and rivers into the lake’s western end is coming mainly from…

Zinke signs order to expand recreational opportunities

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. (U.S. Department of the Interior)WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has ordered his agency to expand recreational opportunities on public lands and waterways. An order signed Wednesday directs the Bureau of Land Management, the Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies to develop plans within 90 days that focus on expanding recreational opportunities….

Parasite transmitted by ticks found in Canada lynx

The virus is similar to the Epstein-Barr virus that causes mononucleosis in humans and is related to a virus that infects domestic cats. Researchers who took part in the study said the discovery will help biologists monitor the populations in the future, and will be used to assess their population health when it comes to emergent diseases.

In wake of plastics spill, trout anglers hit Pocono shorelines

STROUDSBURG, Pa. — After what seemed like a never-ending winter, the area’s fishermen and women were finally able to take to local waterways on Saturday for the start of the statewide trout season. While people lined the sides of lakes and streams throughout the Poconos, some were keeping a watchful eye for plastic washed downstream from an accident in late…

Arizona turkey hunters can give virus research a leg up

PHOENIX — Arizona wildlife officials are asking spring turkey hunters to consider donating a part of their kill for research. The Arizona Game and Fish Department said that it has been monitoring the state’s wild turkey population for a possible virus. With turkey-hunting season starting this week, officials are asking hunters, including youth hunters, to give one of the bird’s…

Trump administration loosens Utah prairie dog protections

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)SALT LAKE CITY — Federal wildlife managers under the Trump administration are loosening contentious endangered-species protections for Utah prairie dogs, which worries animal advocates but relieves people in southern Utah who say their town was overrun by the burrowing creatures. The new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rules finalized late last week make it easier…