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N.J. hunt culls 139 bears over 6 days, a steep drop from last year

(Photo by Windigo Images)TRENTON, N.J. — A total of 139 bears were killed during the first six-day period of New Jersey’s annual black bear hunt, as expected a steep drop from last year’s total following restrictions imposed by the governor. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy this year barred bear hunting on state-owned lands, removing roughly 40 percent of the lands where…

More wolf relocations to Isle Royale park planned for 2019

Wolves are being relocated to Isle Royale National Park on Lake Superior. (National Park Service)HOUGHTON, Mich. — Officials at Isle Royale National Park say they’ve wrapped up the first phase of a multi-year effort to rebuild the gray wolf population. Three females and one male were trapped on the Minnesota mainland in recent weeks and flown to the Lake Superior…

Lake Michigan kayaker startled by gator find

After initially believing the animal spotted Monday swimming near Waukegan, Ill., by a startled kayaker was a caiman, officials now say it is actually an alligator. (Photo courtesy of City of Waukegan/Facebook)WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Authorities don’t know who dumped a 4-foot-long reptile into Lake Michigan, but they now know what kind it is. After initially believing the animal spotted Monday…

Study: Recreation on U.S. land generates billions for western states

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — A new study from several wildlife-related groups has found that recreation on U.S. land administered by the Bureau of Land Management land contributes billions of dollars to western states’ economies. The study by Southwick Associates was done on behalf of The Pew Charitable Trusts, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Wildlife Management Institute, Trout Unlimited, Archery Trade Association…

Kentucky eyes deterrent system to block spread of invasive fish

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky officials say they are aiming to install a riverbed bubbler and sound system in Lake Barkley early next year as an environmentally friendly way to block the spread of an invasive fish. The Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet said the technology will be tested below Barkley Dam in western Kentucky. Several agencies in Kentucky and…

Is a hunt the answer when bears start getting bolder?

CANTON, Conn. — Tom Bradley had grown accustomed to seeing black bears walk through his Connecticut neighborhood, but this month he was alarmed to find something trying to turn a doorknob to enter his house. He used his key fob to set off his car horn, to scare away whatever was in his garage. When he went outside, he saw…

Minnesota DNR invasive carp barrier nears completion

A bighead carp from the St. Croix River. (Minnesota DNR)JANESVILLE, Minn. — The Minnesota DNR has begun work on an electric barrier project to keep invasive carp from reaching the Le Sueur River. The structures near Eagle Lake and Janesville are scheduled to be completed within the next two months, The Mankato Free Press reported. Electric currents will run through…

Grizzlies suspected in fatal Wyoming attack trapped, killed

General big game season opens Oct. 20, and hunters should expect grizzly bears to be active through hunting season.JACKSON, Wyo. — Wyoming officials have trapped and killed two grizzly bears they believe killed a hunting outfitter and injured his client. Wyoming Game and Fish Department regional supervisor Brad Hovinga said Sunday the grizzlies that were killed matched the description of…

In Vermont, moose drowns in Lake Champlain as onlookers crowd animal

In this Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, photo provided by Bernadette Toth, a moose stands in Lake Champlain in South Hero, Vt. Wildlife officials say the animal had crossed the lake and made it to shore, but went back in the water, after likely feeling threatened by onlookers, and drowned. (Bernadette Toth via AP)South Hero, Vt. — A moose drowned in…