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Montana judge restores state wolf hunting regulations

HELENA, Mont. — A judge recently lifted a temporary restraining order that limited wolf hunting and trapping in the state, saying there is nothing to suggest rules now in place will make wolf populations unsustainable in the short term. District Judge Christopher Abbott also rejected concerns raised by environmental groups that harvesting up to six wolves just outside Yellowstone National…

Head of Wisconsin DNR Preston Cole retiring

MADISON, Wis. — The head of the Wisconsin DNR is retiring after four years on the job, Gov. Tony Evers announced Friday. Preston Cole has served as secretary of the department since Evers took office in 2019. Cole will be retiring on Wednesday, giving Evers an opportunity to choose a new leader of the agency for his second term. “Preston…

Mountain lion found dead along L.A. interstate

Mountain lions in the coastal range west of Los Angeles have been studied for 20 years by biologists to determine how they survive in fragmented and urbanized habitat.LOS ANGELES — A mountain lion was found dead early Thursday along Interstate 405 on the west side of Los Angeles, the California Highway Patrol said. The cougar was removed from the southbound…

Clean Water Act at 50: environmental gains, challenges unmet

The Clean Water Act established ambitious goals: making the nation’s waters “fishable and swimmable” and restoring their integrity. (National Park Service)Lifelong Cleveland resident Steve Gove recalls when the Cuyahoga River symbolized shame – fetid, lifeless, notorious for catching fire when sparks from overhead rail cars ignited the oil-slicked surface. “It was pretty grungy,” said the 73-year-old, a canoeist in his…

Wolf known for genetic value found dead in New Mexico

The wild population has seen its numbers nearly double over the last five years, with the latest annual census finding nearly 200 Mexican wolves in New Mexico and Arizona. There also are a few dozen in Mexico.ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Environmentalists are pushing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to do more to protect Mexican gray wolves after one of the…

California fish conservation law could protect bees

(Minnesota DNR)SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the state to consider protecting threatened bumblebees under a conservation law listing for fish. The state’s high court refused to grant a review sought by farming groups of a May appellate court ruling that allowed the California Fish and Game Commission to consider granting endangered species protection to four…

Massive crappie kill in Indiana lake

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. — State DNR fisheries biologists have collected fish and water samples at a northeastern Indiana lake as the result of a fish kill involving thousands of crappies, the agency said Thursday. The fish kill began earlier this week at Loon Lake in Whitley and Noble counties. Samples were provided Wednesday to the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at…