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Study: Wildfires produce up to half of pollution in U.S. West

Large wildfires can churn out plumes of smoke thick with microscopic pollution particles that can reportedly drift hundreds or even thousands of miles. (Photo by Katie Goodwin/USFWS) BILLINGS, Mont. — Wildfire smoke accounted for up to half of all health-damaging small particle air pollution in the western U.S. in recent years as warming temperatures fueled more destructive blazes, according to…

Taxidermists hope to share love of hunting in their art

(taxidermy.net photo)DUBUQUE, Iowa — Branden Post quickly but carefully cut away the skin from a deer head using a scalpel at his taxidermy studio in Dubuque. Tools of his trade filled the room set up at his house – forms in the shape of different game, tables laden with animal skulls, fish hanging from a shelf. “I do this for…

Trump administration scales back wild bird protections

(USFWS)BILLINGS, Mont. — The Trump administration recently finalized changes that weaken the government’s enforcement powers under a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species, brushing aside warnings that billions of birds could die as a result. Federal wildlife officials have acknowledged the move could result in more deaths of birds such as those that land in oil pits or…

Giving thanks for turkey … restoration

(Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department/John Hall)MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says one thing to be thankful for this year is the restoration of the wild turkey population in the state. Wild turkeys disappeared from Vermont in the mid-to-late 1800s because of habitat destruction from land clearing for farming, the department said. At that time, only a…

In Idaho, hunting spike comes at a cost

Hunting license sales in the state are up as more residents seek a way to safely get out of the house without contracting COVID-19, but that has led to inexperienced hunters reportedly misidentifying and killing moose and a grizzly bear. In addition, blatant poaching has increased in northern Idaho.