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Wild turkeys thriving, causing ruckus in San Francisco suburbs

MARTINEZ, Calif. — Turkeys are traditional for Thanksgiving. But some folks in the San Francisco Bay Area are praying the wild ones will go away. Introduced into the state for hunting decades ago, wild turkeys are thriving and have invaded urban areas, perhaps seeking food, water and safety from predators over five years of drought. “The neighborhood embraces them,” Darlene…

Two hunters dead, three others accidentally shoot themselves on Wisconsin gun deer opener

In pursuit of white-tailed deer, three Wisconsin hunters reportedly shots themselves on the hugely popular opening day of the firearms hunting season.MONTELLO, Wis. — Two hunters have been found dead in Marquette County during opening day of the gun-deer season. Authorities say a 57-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound in his ground blind in the Town of Newton…

Whooping cranes finding a home in Louisiana

Whooping cranes are among the world’s most endangered birds, with only about 600 alive.NEW ORLEANS — A dozen young whooping cranes from Wisconsin, Maryland, and Alberta, Canada, are being gradually introduced to the wild in a Louisiana refuge. The Audubon Species Survival Center’s assistant curator, Richard Dunn, says Tuesday was a big day. He brought the rare, endangered birds to…

Alaska board reaffirms ban on using planes to hunt sheep

Dall sheep. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)KENAI, Alaska — The Alaska Board of Game has reaffirmed that using an airplane to spot Dall sheep while hunting is illegal. The board recently narrowly shot down a proposal that would have repealed the regulation on using planes to hunt the sheep, the Peninsula Clarion reported. The ban was put in place in 2015 and…

Congress debates oil drilling in largest U.S. wildlife refuge

The plain provides food and a vantage point from which caribou can spot predators from far away. But beneath the lichens and cotton grass, there’s a hidden resource: crude oil.ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Sometime next April, pregnant cows in the Porcupine Caribou Herd in Canada will take the lead in an annual migration of nearly 200,000 animals north to Alaska. From…

Experts: Idaho hatchery built to save salmon is killing them

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)BOISE, Idaho — Fisheries biologists in Idaho say they think they know why a relatively new $13.5 million hatchery intended to save Snake River sockeye salmon from extinction is instead killing thousands of fish before they ever get to the ocean. The Department of Fish and Game in information released recently says water chemistry at…

Falconers gather in Nebraska, ask landowners to allow birds to hunt in area

The North American Falconers Association will have its annual gathering in Kearney from Nov. 19-24. The event is expected to host 150 eagles, falcons, and hawks. KEARNEY, Neb. — Landowners in central Nebraska are being asked to allow trained falcons and their owners on their land this week as 300 participants are expected to gather for a falconers convention. The…

Another gray wolf illegally shot and killed in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. — Police say another gray wolf has been illegally shot and killed in northeastern Oregon. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports a female breeding member of the Chesnimnus pack known as OR-23 was discovered dead on Wednesday, Nov. 15 in Wallowa County. Officials believe the animal was fatally shot either that previous Sunday or Monday. OR-23 was wearing a radio tracking…

Fishermen cast their nets for Asian carp on Illinois River

PEORIA, Ill. — Fishermen in Peoria are sending their nets out into the Illinois River with hopes of catching Asian carp. Orion Briney has spent more than 35 years as a commercial fisherman and he tells the Peoria Journal Star that fishermen have the advantage when the water is cold. He says the low temperatures slow down the carp, which are known to jump…

Iowa volunteers donate deer hides to Veterans Leather Program

The Elks launched the Veterans Leather Program in 1948. During the 2016-17 hunting season, the program garnered 17,763 deer hides, creating 25,346 kits, the Elks National Veterans Service Commission reported. (elks.org photo)DAVENPORT, Iowa — The stench of raw deer scraps filled a cold, blood-stained garage earlier this week in northwest Davenport, but the two elderly gentlemen inside appeared unfazed. “A…

Death of teen hunter in northeast Minnesota called suicide

AURORA, Minn. — Authorities are now calling the death of a 16-year-old hunter in northeastern Minnesota a suicide. A member of the boy’s hunting party found him dead in his hunting stand near Aurora late Saturday afternoon. The death initially was reported to authorities as an accidental shooting. But the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday the death has been reclassified as a…

Black bear population continues to grow in northeast Alabama

AUBURN, Ala. — An Auburn University study shows the black bear population has grown in northeast Alabama. The Alabama black bear population has more than doubled in the past four years, said Todd Steury of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. He said the bears migrated from north Georgia. “One interesting aspect we observed is that mother bears in…