Friday, September 29th, 2023

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Friday, September 29th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

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Flamingos visit Wisconsin for first time in state history as onlookers gather at Lake Michigan beach

Five flamingos that showed up in Wisconsin to wade along a Lake Michigan beach attracted a big crowd of onlookers eager to see the unusual visitors venturing far from their usual tropical setting.

The American flamingos spotted last Friday in Port Washington, about 25 miles north of Milwaukee, marked the first sighting of the species in Wisconsin state history, said Mark Korducki, a member of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Michigan man cleared of killing two hunters will get $1 million

The state of Michigan has agreed to pay $1.03 million to a man who spent nearly 21 years in prison for the deaths of two hunters before the convictions were thrown out in February.
Jeff Titus, 71, qualified for compensation under the state’s wrongful conviction law, which pays $50,000 for every year behind bars. Records show Court of Claims Judge James Redford signed off on the deal on Aug. 23.

Beyond Minnesota: Interior cancels remaining leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The U.S. Interior Department on Sept. 6 canceled the remaining seven oil and gas leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that were part of a sale held in the waning days of the Trump administration. The Biden administration move angered state political leaders, including Alaska’s Republican governor, who threatened to sue.

In California, proposed tax on guns, ammo would pay for school safety

California lawmakers on Sept. 7 voted to raise taxes on guns and ammunition and use the money to pay for gun violence prevention programs and security improvements at public schools.
The federal government already taxes the sale of guns and ammunition nationwide. The government gives that money to the states, which spend it on wildlife conservation and hunter safety programs. California’s proposed tax, if it becomes law, would be 11% – matching the highest tax imposed by the federal government on guns.

Authorities search for grizzly bear that mauled a Montana hunter

Officials have closed part of the Custer Gallatin National Forest in southwestern Montana after a hunter was severely mauled by a grizzly bear.
The hunter was tracking a deer on Sept. 8 when the bear attacked, according to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s office. Members of the hunting party called 911 at about 1:45 p.m., the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported, and emergency crews used a helicopter ambulance to fly the hunter to a nearby hospital.

Endangered red wolves need space to stay wild, but humans stand in the way

Jeff Akin had to bite his tongue.
He was chatting with a neighbor about efforts to protect and grow the area’s red wolf population. The endangered wolves are equipped with bright orange radio collars to help locals distinguish the federally protected species from invasive, prolific coyotes.
“If I see one of those wolves with a collar on, I’m going to shoot it in the gut, so it runs off and dies,” Akin says the neighbor told him. “Because if it dies near you, and they come out and find the collar, they can arrest you.”
Akin is a hunter and the walls of his country house are lined with photos of the animals he’s killed. But what he heard made him sick.

Boy, 7, injured by bear in New York’s Westchester County

A black bear attacked a 7-year-old boy outside his family’s home in suburban New York, sending the child to a hospital with injuries that were not life threatening, officials said.
The attack happened shortly after 11 a.m. on Aug. 22,  outside a home in Bedford, about 45 miles northeast of New York City. North Castle Police Chief Peter Simonsen told News 12 Westchester that the child was playing in his backyard with a sibling when the bear attacked.

After Supreme Court curtails federal power, Biden administration weakens clean water protections

The Biden administration weakened regulations protecting millions of acres of wetlands Tuesday, saying it had no choice after the Supreme Court sharply limited the federal government’s jurisdiction over them.
The rule would require that wetlands be more clearly connected to other waters like oceans and rivers, a policy shift that departs from a half-century of federal rules governing the nation’s waterways.

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