Associated Press

Judge rules against state in White Bear Lake case; broader implications likely for future suburban development

WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. — The state of Minnesota violated environmental law as well as the public trust in failing to protect White Bear Lake and its aquifer, a district judge ruled in a case with broader implications for future suburban development. Ramsey County District Judge Margaret Marrinan wrote that the state should have done a better job managing area wells to…

Grand Teton National Park working to understand crafty foxes

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)JACKSON, Wyo. — John Stephenson stood atop a boulder in a steep talus field high above Jenny Lake, turning a VHF tracking antenna from side to side. To a layman the fuzzy beeps that bounced back sounded like a whole lot of nothing. To the Grand Teton National Park wildlife biologist, they told the tale…

Vermont group testing weed harvesters in battle against invasive milfoil

CASTLETON, Vt. — A Vermont neighborhood association is testing two new weed harvesters that help remove an invasive species from Lake Bomoseen. Officials with the Lake Bomoseen Association tell the Rutland Herald they are spending $29,500 on a 10-week pilot program to pull up Eurasian milfoil from the lake. Association member Bill Wood says they tried to use a harvester…

Oregon lowers bag limit for summer steelhead

Oregon officials expect the reduced bag limit for hatchery steelhead will be temporary, but it marks a conservative beginning to a season that’s expected to be hampered by low returns. As of Monday, only 70,000 hatchery and 25,000 wild steelhead have passed Bonneville Dam – 30 percent of the most recent 10-year average.

3 indicted on big-game hunting charges in Alaska national park

Dall sheep. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A federal grand jury has indicted three men on charges connected to illegal hunting in an Alaska national park. The indictment names 44-year-old Jeffrey Harris of Poulsbo (PAWLS-boh), Washington, 72-year-old Dale Lackner, of Haines, Alaska, and 47-year-old Casey Richardson of Huson (HEW-son), Montana. Federal prosecutors say the hunts occurred at a…

Tribe: Anglers have caught about 20,000 escaped salmon

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — A Native American tribe says its anglers have caught about 20,000 fish following the collapse of a commercial net pen rearing farmed Atlantic salmon in Puget Sound. The Lummi Nation said its fishermen have brought in about 200,000 pounds of the non-native species since the tribe declared a state of emergency Thursday. Cooke Aquaculture’s marine salmon farm…

In a rarity, at least in New Hampshire, sandhill crane spotted in southeastern part of state

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)ROLLINSFORD, N.H. — Experts say a rare sandhill crane has been spotted in the southeastern New Hampshire town of Rollinsford. Photos of the bird have been appearing on social media. Becky Suomala of the New Hampshire Audubon Society tells Foster’s Daily Democrat sandhill cranes are rare in New Hampshire, but they are becoming less rare….

Michigan company sending 2,000 kayaks to Texas, Louisiana to help with flood relief from hurricane

  MUSKEGON, Mich. — A western Michigan company is sending about 2,000 kayaks to parts of Texas and Louisiana to help with flooding relief and rescue efforts following Harvey. Retailer Walmart is buying the kayaks from Muskegon-based KL Outdoor, according to WOOD-TV . KL Outdoor is covering the shipping costs, said Chuck Smith, its chief executive. Walmart will sell or donate them in…

Bridge construction restores St. Marys River rapids flow, provides boost for fish, anglers, wildlife

(Photo by Tom Pink)SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Officials are celebrating the conclusion of the Little Rapids Restoration Project, which is boosting water flow on the St. Marys River near Sault Ste. Marie. The project included building a new bridge to replace two deteriorating causeway culverts between Sugar Island and the island ferry dock. It re-established the flow of water…

Alaska hunting guide charged with herding bears to clients

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Alaska master hunting guide has been charged with using assistants on snowmobiles to herd grizzly bears toward clients, making it easier for hunters to shoot the animals.  Brian Simpson, 55, of Fairbanks, also is charged with guiding on a national preserve without a permit. Simpson’s company is Wittrock Outfitters-Alaska. Messages left with the business were not returned. Online…

In Vermont, program boosts town forests

(Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department photo)WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. — Town forests in 10 Vermont communities are going to be getting a boost through a program that could eventually be expanded to other municipally owned forests across the state. The Vermont Town Forest Recreation Planning Community Assistance Program is intended to support strong stewardship and usage plans for town forests….

Lethal action approved on Washington state wolf pack

  SPOKANE, Wash. — Officials in Washington state have authorized the killing of one or more members of a wolf pack in the northeast corner of the state following attacks on cattle. The Spokesman-Review reports that Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Jim Unsworth approved the action on Friday. The agency says the Sherman Pack has been involved in…

Washington state halts salmon farm permits after fish escape

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)SEATTLE — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has directed the Department of Ecology to put on hold any new permits for salmon farm net pens after thousands of Atlantic salmon escaped earlier this month. State officials also announced the formation of a response team comprised of the departments of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife, and Ecology….