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Officials: Yellowstone superintendent shuffle shouldn’t sidetrack bison quarantine effort

(recreation.gov)BOZEMAN, Mont. — The impending change in Yellowstone National Park superintendents shouldn’t disrupt the progress of a quarantine program created to produce brucellosis-free bison, officials said. The transfer of a group of bull bison to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation later this year should still be on track, Yellowstone bison program manager Tim Reid said. “I think there’s a world…

Big bug draws crowd to central New York

(ccedcny.org)ONONDAGA, N.Y. — Students from Japan and a researcher from New Zealand are among the scientists and hobbyists flocking to central New York for rare sightings of a big bug. The area’s cicada (sih-KAY’-duh) brood emerges once every 17 years. The Post-Standard says the eastern U.S. is one of three places in the world with periodical cicadas. The others are…

Minnesota dog fatally attacked by aggressive deer

Scott Noland, Forest Lake Area wildlife manager for the state DNR, said that residents should keep their dogs on leashes and stay away from deer.SHOREVIEW, Minn. — A routine bathroom break for a miniature poodle turned fatal after an encounter with an aggressive deer in Minnesota. Jill Wilson said she watched in horror as her 14-year-old dog, Pepper, was attacked…

Georgia coast: Where bald eagle nest numbers soar

(Windigo Images)SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) _ Wildlife officials say Chatham County is No. 1 in the state again for the number of bald eagle nests found countywide, with a tally of 27 nests this year. That’s up from 22 last year, also a state high. The Savannah Morning News reports that the next closest county surveyed was McIntosh, with 13 nests….

Pine-killing southern beetle may be more deadly in North

The New Jersey Pinelands are under attack by southern pine beetles. (Photo by USDA NCRS)ALBANY, N.Y. — A beetle that has killed millions of acres of pines in southern forests is munching its way north, and new research suggests its tree-killing prowess could be magnified in cooler climes. Once unheard-of north of Delaware, southern pine beetles have been steadily expanding…

St. Croix riverway marks 50 years

In 1968, efforts to protect the St. Croix led to the passage of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. A documentary called “The Wild and Scenic St. Croix” is commemorating that action and to reinvigorate the commitment that led to the river’s protected status

Study: Ships move non-native species in Great Lakes

MADISON, Wis. — A new study on ballast water discharge has found Great Lakes ships are moving non-native species from the lower lakes to western Lake Superior. The study was conducted by the Great Waters Research Collaborative, which is a project of University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Lake Superior Research Institute, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. Researchers sampled 15 ballast water discharges from…

Big Island forest, wildlife heavily impacted by volcano

Volcanic eruptions are impacting Malama Ki Forest Reserve, located east of the volcano, home to a young ohia-dominated forest and sub-populations of forest birds. (Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources)HILO, Hawaii — Hawaii island forestry managers say one-third to one-half of a Big Island forest has been impacted by the erupting Kilauea volcano. The 2-square-mile Malama Ki Forest Reserve,…

Two elk attacks in three days near same Yellowstone hotel

A female elk like this one, also with a calf, recently attacked a woman in Yellowstone National Park, the second such attack in a span of a few days. Officials are unsure if it was the same elk, but say elk often aggressively defend their young.CHEYENNE, Wyo. — For the second time in three days, an elk has attacked a…

Yellowstone boss to retire rather than face possible reassignment, dismisses ‘politics’ speculation

Dan Wenk’s seven years leading one of the premier national parks have been marked by an explosion in visitor numbers; tension with neighboring states over wild bison slaughters, wolf hunting and grizzly bears; and a sexual harassment scandal involving Yellowstone’s maintenance division that echoed allegations at other national parks. (Yellowstone National Park)BILLINGS, Mont. — Yellowstone National Park’s superintendent said that…