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Wolverine killed in trap in east-central Idaho

Wolverines are a rare sight in the Lower 48 states.BOISE, Idaho — Idaho wildlife officials say a trapper reported finding a wolverine dead in a trap in east-central Idaho. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game in a news release Tuesday says the Idaho trapper reported finding the adult female wolverine inadvertently caught in his trap in Lemhi County on…

Massive fish escape over summer prompts cancellation of salmon farm lease

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)SEATTLE — Washington state officials have canceled an Atlantic salmon farm lease belonging to a company that also operates another salmon farm where more than 160,000 adult fish escaped into the Puget Sound last summer. Public Lands State Commissioner Hilary Franz says the decision is final with no room for negotiation, The Seattle Times reported in…

Maine hunters on the prowl for coyotes – by moonlight

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine hunters are on the prowl for coyotes. The state’s annual “night hunt” for coyotes opened Saturday. It’s legal to hunt coyotes all year, but it’s only legal at night from Dec. 16 to Aug. 31. The state has no bag or possession limit on coyotes, which live across the state – there are thought to be…

Snowy owl numbers up considerably in Iowa

(Photo by Bill Diers)SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Snowy owl sightings are up and Sioux City television station KTIV reports that an estimated 50 and 75 snowy owls are in Iowa this winter – considerably higher than an average winter, when there are about 10 snowy owls in the state. Wildlife officials say it’s part of a cycle every four to…

Reports of two whooping crane sightings have these birders on a mission

Whooping cranes are among the world’s most endangered birds, with only about 600 alive.GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two endangered whooping cranes have bird enthusiasts searching all over north Florida for a glimpse of the rare, elusive birds. The Gainesville Sun reports that the Alachua Audubon Society is holding its Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, and that participants are especially looking for…

In Minnesota, unusually high number of injured snowy owls being treated

(Photo by Bill Diers)ST. PAUL, Minn. — Wildlife experts say they are treating more injured snowy owls than usual this year in Minnesota. The owls have flown thousands of miles from the Arctic and are being spotted in higher numbers in parts of the northern U.S., including around the Great Lakes, to the delight of local bird watchers. But that…

Natural resources board member: No-minimum-age hunting change causing embarrassing perception in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Republicans’ decision to eliminate the state’s minimum hunting age has created an embarrassing perception that infants are roaming the state’s woods with guns and created a loophole allowing adults to kill more animals using young children’s tags, a state Wisconsin Natural Resources Board member said Tuesday. Board member Frederick Prehn told agency officials during a review…

State attorneys: Wall off Great Lakes to stop carp

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Attorneys general from three states say a $275 million federal plan for keeping Asian carp from migrating into the Great Lakes is too pricey and rejects the most effective solution. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is recommending technologies such as electric barriers and water cannons at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois,…

Walker signs bill lifting Wisconsin mining moratorium

Gov. Scott WalkerMADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill Monday lifting Wisconsin’s moratorium on gold and silver mining, reversing his vote from nearly 20 years ago imposing the ban and brushing aside conservationists’ warnings that the measure will lead to devastating pollution. The governor signed the GOP-authored bill during a mid-day stop at the Oneida County Airport in…

2 wolves monitored by wildlife officials found shot dead

COLVILLE, Wash. — Officials say two wolves that were being monitored have been found shot dead in eastern Washington. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife discovered one of the two female wolves in Stevens County through a collar that stopped working in November. She was found dead in an area the monitor showed was her last known location. The…

Reports of snowy owl sightings up in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Rhode Island wildlife preservation group says the state has had more snowy owls sightings than usual this time of year, a sign that more of the birds may be making their way down from the Arctic. Lauren Parmelee, of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, tells Rhode Island Public Radio that the owls have been spotted…

In Oregon, red-suited man on a sled rescues a deer on frozen pond

A still-shot from video of the recent rescue.SALEM, Ore. — Reindeer are supposed to pull Santa’s sleigh, but in Oregon, a red-suited man on a sled wound up pushing a deer in one of several deer-ice rescues being reported across the country of late. The reverse-reality Christmas-season tale played out when a deer wandered onto a frozen golf course pond…

Montana investigators trace origin of illegally introduced walleye

KALISPELL, Mont. — Wildlife investigators have used a kind of biological fingerprinting to unravel the origin of a pair of walleye illegally introduced in a northwestern Montana lake. The Flathead Beacon reports that Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists analyzed tiny bones from the two fishes’ inner ears. Those bones contain details of the water chemistry from where fish have…

Lawmakers, groups urge fast deployment of Asian carp defense

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Members of Congress and Great Lakes advocacy groups are pressing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to strengthen defenses against Asian carp at a crucial choke point. The Corps is considering a $275 million plan to bolster the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois, with devices such as water jets and noisemakers to prevent…

Where protected lands stand after national monument review

SALT LAKE CITY — President Donald Trump earlier this year ordered U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to conduct an unprecedented review of 27 monuments established by former presidents over more than two decades on lands and waters revered for their natural beauty and historical significance. Trump announced Monday that he will shrink two Utah monuments, but he has not revealed…

Plan to block Asian carp from Great Lakes worries Louisiana business group

This silver carp was caught in a gill net by commercial fishermen on June 22 a mere nine miles from Lake Michigan. (Photo courtesy of USFWS)NEW ORLEANS — A business lobbying organization in Louisiana is expressing concerns about proposals to block an invasive species of fish from the Great Lakes. The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry has released a letter to…