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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…

Nearly 70 bears killed in first day of New Jersey’s latest hunt

TRENTON, N.J. — Hunters killed 68 black bears during the start of the second phase of New Jersey’s bear hunt. Monday’s total along with the 244 bears killed in October brings the number of bears harvested to 312. That’s below the 583 killed during the same period in 2016. The firearm-only season runs through Saturday, although state officials can extend…

Ann Arbor again looks to rein in deer numbers with expanded hunts

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Plans are being detailed for Ann Arbor’s expanded 2018 deer hunt as part of the city’s ongoing deer management efforts. The Ann Arbor News reports nonprofit contractor White Buffalo will complete sterilizations from Jan. 2-7 by tranquilizing up to 26 female deer and surgically removing their ovaries. A hunt to kill up to 250 deer is scheduled Jan. 8-31. A…

Alaska Fish and Game urges caution as wolf sightings increase in Juneau

JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game advised caution for hikers and for dog walkers in Juneau as wolf sightings have increased. Anecdotal reports of wolf sightings in Juneau have increased this year, but assistant area management biologist Carl Koch cannot be sure whether that’s due to an increase in wolf awareness from encounters posted to social…

Amid uncertainty of its future, New Jersey bear hunt resumes

A black bear like this one was shot Tuesday after reportedly attacking a dog and three men in two separate incidents in northeastern Minnesota.TRENTON, N.J. — Sunrise Monday marked the start of New Jersey’s gun bear hunt, which could be the last bear hunt of any kind in the state for some time. The firearm-only season takes place from Monday…

Hunter shot when dog steps on shotgun trigger guard in Iowa

WOOLSTOCK, Iowa — Authorities say a pheasant hunter in north-central Iowa was accidentally shot when a dog stepped on shotgun trigger guard and the gun fired. The Iowa DNR says the shooting occurred around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday at a public hunting area near Woolstock in southwestern Wright County. The department says four hunters and two dogs were looking for the…

New chief legal counsel appointed to Wisconsin DNR

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has appointed a lawyer from a conservative public interest litigation group to be the state DNR’s new chief legal counsel. Jake Curtis’s appointment is the first time the department has hired an outside lawyer to handle legal issues. Curtis has been an attorney for nearly 10 years. He replaces attorney Quinn Williams, who…

Massive sandhill cranes migration stop in northwestern Indiana

(Photo courtesy of International Crane Foundation)MEDARYVILLE, Ind. — Thousands of sandhill cranes have been roosting in rural northwestern Indiana as part of their annual fall migration. More than 10,000 cranes a day have been counted at Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area. The marsh-filled wildlife area, about 40 miles southeast of Gary, has long been a pit stop for cranes as they migrate…