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Arctic wolves adjusting to new pack at Minnesota center

(International Wolf Center photo)ELY, Minn. — Curators of a Minnesota wolf center say the artic wolf pups that arrived in 2016 have reached their challenging years and have been testing behavioral limits this winter. Axel and Grayson will turn 2 years old this May at the International Wolf Center in Ely, the Mesabi Daily News reported. The pups are troublemakers…

Environmental groups challenge Wisconsin DNR settlement

The DNR has given preliminary approval for four Foxconn air pollution control permits. The agency is currently gathering public comments and is expected to make a final decision next month.MADISON, Wis. — Several environmental groups are challenging a settlement between the state DNR and the Dairy Business Association over rules regarding concentrated animal feeding operations. The dairy association sued the…

In Oregon, Corps wants to remove cormorant eggs to support salmon

ASTORIA, Ore. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to remove 500 eggs from double-crested cormorant nests as part of a long-term management plan to protect juvenile salmon being eaten by the cormorants in the Columbia River. The Corps is in the fourth year of a five-year plan to cut the cormorant population on East Sand Island at the…

Zinke supports restoration of grizzlies in North Cascades

SEATTLE — The federal government intends to restore grizzly bears in the remote North Cascade Mountains of Washington state, a goal that represents “the American conservation ethic come to life,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Friday. Zinke made the announcement during a visit to North Cascades National Park’s headquarters in Sedro-Woolley, about 75 miles north of Seattle. The Department of…

Center embracing social impact of Alaska salmon

KENAI, Alaska — The University of Alaska is diving into broad social issues tied to salmon, with the hope of finding solutions to longstanding conflicts and future challenges. The University of Alaska Fairbanks’ College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences is launching the Alaska Center for Salmon and Society, focused on engagement, research and education. That includes a broad range of…

In Arizona, scientists collect roadkill for golden eagle experiment

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A team of Flagstaff biologists are using roadkill to determine if supplementing the food supply could boost egg production among breeding pairs of golden eagles during the winter. For three months this past winter, the team collected nearly 70 deer and elk that had been killed on area highways and delivered the carcasses to nine breeding areas…

Report: Contractor overestimated Ann Arbor deer population

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A report says the contractor overseeing Ann Arbor’s deer management program significantly overestimated the animal’s population last year in the city. The Ann Arbor News reports that White Buffalo Inc. believed the formula it used to estimate the deer population was off and estimated detection rate for last year’s flyover count was too low. That was…

Algae leads to ‘impaired’ designation for western Lake Erie

TOLEDO, Ohio — Ohio, for the first time, is designating the entire western end of Lake Erie as an impaired waterway because of the toxic algae that has fouled drinking water and closed beaches in recent years, officials said recently. The shallowest of the Great Lakes has seen its largest algae blooms on record over the past decade, fueled mainly…

Alabama eyes potential economic impact of CWD

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A fatal deer disease is inching closer to Alabama, where whitetail deer are the most popular game animal and hunting generates a $1.8 billion yearly economic impact. The Montgomery Advertiser reports that a dead buck tested positive for chronic wasting disease in Mississippi’s Issaquena County last month; until then, the closest state to Alabama with the neurological…

Missouri investigators seeking information after 7 white pelicans shot

Brooding white pelicans sit on their nests at Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation is investigating after seven white pelicans were fatally shot near the northeast Missouri town of Hannibal. The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that the carcasses of the federally-protected pelicans were found Monday. Matt Markley…

Detroit joins in backyard beekeeping trend

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)DETROIT — For the past few years, national media have touted Detroit’s comeback story: It endured dark days, went through the nation’s largest municipal bankruptcy, and is – literally, with the construction of a new skyscraper – on the rise. The city is about to face a different kind of buzz. “We’re starting to see…

Kentucky using fishing tournaments to test new regs

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is studying the impact of looser regulations on bass size limits during several fishing tournaments. The three-year test is limited to four tournaments on Lake Cumberland and Cave Run Lake. The study will help biologists determine if the changes would affect the overall fishery in the lake. During the test…

Cougar euthanized after several sightings in Oregon town

The mountain lion like this one was spotted in the eastern Los Angeles County community of Azusa, near the San Gabriel Mountains wilderness.SILVERTON, Ore. — Oregon wildlife officials say they were forced to trap and euthanize a cougar after several reported sightings of the animals in and around the town of Silverton. “The cougar was euthanized (last week) because it…

Timber harvest project to benefit ‘brook trout heaven’

MADISON, Wis. — An environmental organization and the U.S. Forest Service are working together to harvest timber in northern Wisconsin. The 2014 Farm Bill has allowed the two groups to enter into a stewardship agreement, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. The Nature Conservancy will hire loggers, sell timber and use the proceeds for projects the Forest Service can’t afford to do….

Report: 2 Mexican wolves found dead in Arizona

A subspecies of the gray wolf, Mexican wolves nearly disappeared in the 1970s. The federal government added them to the endangered species list in 1976. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Federal wildlife managers are investigating the deaths of two endangered Mexican gray wolves. The animals were found dead in Arizona in February. Authorities did not release any…

Wolf population continues to grow in Washington

SPOKANE, Wash. — The population of wolves in Washington state continued to grow in 2017. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s annual survey found at least 122 wolves living in Washington last year. The survey found 22 wolf packs and 14 successful breeding pairs. The agency said that the 2016 survey documented 115 wolves, 20 packs, and 10 breeding…