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Seeing more road kills in Pennsylvania? It might mean nothing

According to State Farm, Pennsylvania motorists had a 6.3 percent greater chance of hitting a deer in 2017 than in the year before.PITTSBURGH — Sometimes smell is the first sense suggesting what’s just up the road, and it’s never a pretty sight. Most road-killed animals are still disposed of the old-fashioned way – something eats them, occasionally becoming the next…

Auditors taking closer look at Pennsylvania Game Commission

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The agency that oversees hunting in Pennsylvania is getting a closer look from the state auditor general’s office. Democratic Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on Tuesday announced his office will be conducting the Game Commission’s first performance audit in nearly a decade. The review includes revenue sources, how the commission is spending money and whether it’s following applicable…

Single invasive shrimp discovered in Lake Superior, but no signs it’s established in the lake

Bloody red shrimp have established themselves in Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Lake Ontario. (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources)MINNEAPOLIS — An invasive species with a jarring name has turned up in Lake Superior: the bloody red shrimp. Researchers found a single specimen of the tiny shrimp in a sample collected from the Duluth-Superior harbor last summer as part…

Overpasses to help wildlife navigate busy Washington state interstate

Larger animals, like elk, don’t like traveling underground. The overpass is designed to give the easiest and most natural path forward.SPOKANE, Wash. — A billion-dollar project that will allow animals to travel unimpeded over Washington state’s busiest interstate is now visible to westbound I-90 travelers. The Spokesman-Review reports the construction, which is scheduled to finish in fall 2019, will connect…

Idaho utility continues bid to negate Oregon fish law

While Oregon requires fish passage, Idaho lawmakers have prohibited moving salmon and steelhead upstream of the three dams.BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho utility is challenging a decision by federal regulators rejecting its request to negate an Oregon law requiring fish passage as part of relicensing for a hydroelectric project on the Snake River. Idaho Power on Friday petitioned the U.S….

In Illinois, 115-pound black carp caught in Missouri to help Mississippi River research efforts

A black carp like this one – but much bigger – was donate to researchers as they continue studies on the fish in the Mississippi River. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)CARBONDALE, Ill. — Researchers at Southern Illinois University have received what could be one of the largest black carp used for scientific research. Officials at the Carbondale campus say…

Forest Service reins in Arizona forest-thinning project

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Federal officials who oversee a troubled forest-thinning project in northern Arizona are stepping on the brakes, saying they lack needed information. The massive project which aims to speed up forest restoration has been delayed indefinitely, the Arizona Daily Sun reported. The stoppage has surprised stakeholders, who had been under the impression that the Forest Service was making…

With fee increases, Alaska fishing license sales drop, but revenue grows

KENAI, Alaska — Sport-fishing license sales dropped in Alaska last year, despite the state Department of Fish and Game recording an increase in revenue from license sales. Division of Sportfish Director Tom Brookover said that the department was expecting the decline in sales because fees rose. Brookover said resident license sales fell by a much higher percentage than nonresident license…

Tribes use annual speech to call for tougher CWD regulations

A tribal member demanded that legislators enact stronger protections to stop the spread of CWD, saying Gov. Scott Walker’s hands-off approach is jeopardizing hunting, among other things.MADISON, Wis. — A Menominee Indian tribal member is asking the Wisconsin Legislature for tougher action to stop chronic wasting disease and to join the fight against a Michigan gold mine. Gary Besaw delivered…

Alaska governor backs bill to lessen hunting, fishing violations

The bill does, however, call for increasing fines for commercial fishing violations and for the offense of unlawfully taking an animal. The fine for illegally taking a bison, for example, would more than double to $3,000.FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A bill that Gov. Bill Walker has backed would make some of Alaska’s hunting and fishing violations more like traffic tickets than…

Bison hunters experience slow season outside Yellowstone

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Hunters and bison managers are seeing a slow season as the Yellowstone National Park herds are largely not leaving the park. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports hunters have killed less than 200 bison as of Friday, and none of the animals have been shipped to slaughter. Managers last year set a goal of removing between 600 and…

Interior secretary touts effort to improve big-game habitat

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.SALT LAKE CITY — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said that he’s taking steps to study and preserve habitat and migration corridors in Western states for big-game animals such as elk, mule and deer, a move that hunters and some experts applauded but that critics called an effort to cover up damage. Zinke’s order calls on…

Maine man punches and kicks 150-pound bear that attacked his puppy

Bear attacks are unusual and even rarer in the winter when bears are supposed to be hibernating.DEDHAM, Maine — A Maine man says he punched and kicked a 150-pound bear, scaring it away after it attacked his puppy in the woods. Twenty-nine-year-old Dustin Gray said the bear lunged at him and his 11-month-old puppy on Monday. The 6-foot-5 man tells…

‘West Virginia Gold Rush’ set with stocking of golden rainbow trout

(Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce)CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Anglers in West Virginia will be pulling more gold from the state’s lakes and streams, thanks to a decision to stock waters with bright-yellow golden rainbow trout. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that in early April, state natural resources officials will change the color of the trout they stock in…