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Pennsylvania to allow more types of electronic hunting gadgets

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania hunters got permission this week to use four types of electronic devices as they pursue their quarry. The state Game Commission voted earlier this week to approve the use of electronic decoys for hunting waterfowl and doves, electronic scent dispensers and electronic ozone gas dispensers. Pennsylvania generally prohibits electronic hunting devices, but the latest decision means that 10 types of…

U.S. Interior chief wants smaller monuments, but not at home

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has closely followed his boss’ playbook, encouraging mining and drilling on public lands and reducing the size of national monuments that President Donald Trump called a “massive land grab” by his Democratic predecessors.  Except, that is, in Montana. In Zinke’s home state, the former congressman who has long…

More grizzly bears roaming outside national parks in Wyoming

In 2016, Wyoming recorded 223 cases of conflicts between grizzly bears and humans outside Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks and the Wind River Indian Reservation. It was by far the highest number of conflicts among the three states in the Yellowstone ecosystem. Montana had 118, and Idaho just two last year.

In Washington state, officials to decide fate of peninsula mountain goats

(Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)SEATTLE — In 2010, a mountain goat in Olympic National Park gored a 63-year-old hiker and severed an artery. Then the goat stood over the bleeding man and prevented rescuers from tending to the injury. It proved fatal. The tragic, rare goat attack helped rekindle a dormant battle over the peninsula’s mountain goats. In the…

Before long, Monarch butterflies could be a thing of the past in Northwest

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Children in the northwest might not see the fluttering orange and black wings of a Monarch butterfly on a summer day a few decades from now. A study published recently in the journal Biological Conservation documents the steep decline of the population of migrating monarchs in the West. “This study doesn’t just show that there are fewer…

In Alaska, island’s wolf quota skyrockets, 4 times higher than 2016

KETCHIKAN, Alaska — Federal and state officials have announced that this year’s wolf harvest quota on Prince of Wales Island is more than four times what it was last year. The Ketchikan Daily News reports 46 wolves are allowed to be killed this year on the island and others off its west coast. Last year, the quota was 11 wolves….

White-nose syndrome taking toll on Wisconsin bat population

MANITOWOC, Wis. — The number of bats in Wisconsin is dropping, and environmentalists blame the sudden loss on white-nose syndrome, a fatal disease that is passed bat to bat. The deadly disease traveled east to Wisconsin around 2014, and some counties have lost an estimated 90 percent of their bat population, The Herald Times Reporter reported. Manitowoc County also has…

Despite signs of comeback, fishers to remain on Washington state’s endangered list

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)PORT ANGELES, Wash. — The rare, weasel-like fisher will remain on Washington state’s endangered species list, despite signs that it’s making a comeback since being reintroduced. The Peninsula Daily News reports that the state Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 6-0 Friday to retain state-specific protections for the small mammal following a meeting in Port Angeles. Fishers…

Michigan Senate votes to cut fees for breakwater walls on Great Lakes

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan would cut state fees assessed on homeowners who have wave-reducing break walls near the Great Lakes shoreline under legislation a divided Senate approved Wednesday. The vote came 15 months after Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed another bill that would have lowered the payments. The sponsor, Republican Sen. Tom Casperson of Escanaba, said he has since reached an…

More groups sue to restore Yellowstone grizzly protections

A number of incidents have been reported involving grizzly bears along the Rocky Mountain Front and adjacent plains in recent weeks.HELENA, Mont. — Three more conservation groups are suing to restore federal protections to grizzly bears living in and around Yellowstone National Park. The complaint filed Wednesday by Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Western Watersheds Project and Native Ecosystems Council…

Wanted by Rhode Island researchers: bobcats

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Have you seen a bobcat in Rhode Island? If so, researchers at the University of Rhode Island want to hear from you. Research associate Amy Mayer wants the information for ongoing studies of the habitat usage, distribution and population of the state’s only wild cat. Mayer says bobcat numbers appear to be on the rise, based…