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Lake Tahoe groups support fight against invasive species

The invasive species include Eurasian water milfoil.TRUCKEE, Calif. — A conservation group and a coalition of municipal drinking water providers at Lake Tahoe have pitched in to try to stunt the growth of invasive aquatic plants that can degrade water quality and rob the lake of its famed clarity. The Tahoe Fund and the Tahoe Water Suppliers Association recently reached…

In Alaska, moose cow returns man’s kick with a stomp

A wildlife official advised others “not to go around kicking moose.” (Bob Drieslein photo)ANCHORAGE, Alaska — State officials say a man was injured north of Anchorage after a moose that he had just kicked stomped his foot in return. KTVA-TV reports that the moose injured the man Thursday morning. State Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh said the…

Endangered woodpecker bounces back from the brink in Virginia

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)RICHMOND, Va. — Endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers are making a comeback in Virginia. The Center for Conservation Biology at the College of William and Mary said surveys last year found 96 individual birds. That’s the highest level since the early 1980s. Red-cockaded woodpeckers require old growth pine savannas maintained by fire and their population levels have declined…

South Dakota game commission sets elk seasons, reduces licenses

RAPID CITY, S.D. — South Dakota’s game commission has rejected giving fewer landowners an advantage for licenses to hunt elk in the Black Hills. The Rapid City Journal reports landowners still need at least 240 acres and 500 elk-use days for a preference license. An elk-use day is any day an elk feeds or waters on private land. One landowner…

Plan says Lake Huron in ‘fair’ condition, seeks progress

CHICAGO — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a plan to tackle the most serious threats facing Lake Huron and the St. Marys River. A report made public Friday by EPA’s regional office in Chicago assesses the lake’s ecosystem problems, sets research and monitoring priorities and outlines steps toward improvements. It says Lake Huron is in “fair” condition overall….

Five federally protected pelicans found shot dead in Illinois lake

American white pelicans. (Minnesota DNR photo)NEWTON, Ill. — Conservation officers say five American white pelicans were found shot dead in Newton Lake in Illinois. The Illinois DNR said another pelican was injured but is recuperating. The birds are protected by the federal Migratory Bird Act and by state law. Conservation police are asking for the public’s help with any information…

Mulling Montana mustangs: In what would be a first, federal protections sought for wild horses

(Bureau of Land Management)BILLINGS, Mont. — Animal rights advocates announced a lawsuit against the federal government on Wednesday in a bid to make a Montana mustang population the first group of wild horses to be protected under the Endangered Species Act. A prior attempt to secure protections for wild horses across the western U.S. as imperiled wildlife failed. But supporters…

Mini owl irruption out west? Wyoming wildlife center takes in 19 baby owls, all displaced from Idaho in 24 hours

(Facebook/Teton Raptor Center photo)JACKSON, Wyo. — A Wyoming wildlife rehabilitation center may consider turning away any storks carrying baby owls that show up for a while. The Teton Raptor Center in Jackson Hole took in 19 owlets last week from the three separate clutches, broods of young owls, within 24 hours. All the baby owls were from Idaho. The nonprofit…

In Wyoming, keeping tabs on wolves keeps biologists on their toes

JACKSON, Wyo. — Ken Mills didn’t seem fazed to have a deep-sleeping wolf riding shotgun. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologist was on his 29th phone call since waking, and he relayed details of a record 11 wolves captured in a single day. The seat of his pickup was still wet from snow that melted off a sedated and…

Montana man dies while searching for shed antlers

POLSON, Mont. — A northwestern Montana man has died while searching for shed antlers southwest of St. Ignatius. Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says searchers found the body of 52-year-old Michael Eugene Wheeler of St. Ignatius just before 11 a.m. Tuesday. Wheeler’s adult son reported him missing Monday night after the two became separated when a storm blew in. Bell…

Court orders U.S. wildlife managers to revisit Mexican wolf rule

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — U.S. wildlife managers will have to revisit a contentious rule that governs management of Mexican gray wolves roaming the American Southwest. The revision was ordered Monday by a federal judge in Arizona who determined that the rule adopted in 2015 fails to further the conservation of the endangered predators. The current rule will…

Guided hikes: In search of bison at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

(recreation.gov)WILMINGTON, Ill. — Visitors to the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington in northeastern Illinois will soon be able to go on guided hikes to look for bison. The U.S. Forest Service says that, depending on the weather, what is called the Ranger Trailer at the Iron Bridge Trailhead will reopen on Saturday for the season. Volunteer rangers will staff…

Popular Wyoming fly-fishing site could see more fishing guides, pressure

A Wyoming fisheries biologist says more permits probably won’t affect trout numbers. CASPER, Wyo. — More commercial guides could soon be allowed to take people fly-fishing on a river in central Wyoming. Now, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has issued 21 guide permits for a 30-mile stretch of the North Platte River upstream of Casper. BLM officials tell the…

Federal funds expected to help in construction of sea lamprey barrier

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Federal funding is expected to help with the construction of a proposed river barrier aimed at controlling sea lamprey access into a western Michigan waterway. The Great Lakes Fishery Commission expects a $7 million increase to its annual budget that would help pay for the barrier in the Grand River. The barrier is part of a…