Associated Press

Women’s hunting groups growing in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho — At the turnoff toward Forest Service road 377, a fluorescent pink sign trimmed in zebra-print tape announced “Women Only Weekend” in 2-inch-tall capital letters. A short drive up the road, more than a dozen women donned hard hats, slung Pulaskis and saws over their shoulders and headed out on the overgrown Cottonwood Trail about 30 miles east…

Pathogen that causes tree-killing disease found in Illinois

Experts say sudden oak death poses no threats to humans, animals or food sources. (Ohio DNR Division of Forestry/Ohio DNR)SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A plant pathogen that causes an invasive tree-killing disease has been found in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Agriculture says the pathogen that causes sudden oak death has been confirmed in ornamental plants at 10 Walmart stores and…

Bowfishing world record? South Dakota men bag massive channel catfish

A channel catfish like this one is getting a lot of attention in South Dakota.RAPID CITY, S.D. — Two South Dakota men have bagged what the Bowfishing Association of America is calling a new world-record channel catfish. The Rapid City Journal reports 19-year-old Cody Sechser and 18-year-old Isaac Kipp of Montrose were bowfishing on Skunk Creek 10 miles north of…

Balloons – yes, balloons – wreak havoc with Great Lakes wildlife

A recent study found that balloons are the highest-risk plastic debris for seabirds. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)DETROIT — Environmental advocates are raising awareness about the dangers of balloons for wildlife in the Great Lakes and elsewhere. Volunteers for the Alliance for the Great Lakes picked up more than 18,000 balloons, balloon pieces or balloon strings along Great Lakes shorelines…

Newly released documents detail EPA’s concerns over PolyMet

Documents that the federal EPA tried to keep confidential show that its staffers criticized how Minnesota regulators drafted a key permit for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine, and concluded that the permit would violate federal law because it lacked pollution limits based on the state’s water quality standards.

Crossbow season for deer extended in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Deer hunters in Kentucky are getting a longer crossbow season, after a proposal to expand the season went into effect May 31. The new crossbow season will open the third Saturday in September and close the third Monday in January. This year it’s Sept. 21 to Jan. 20. A statement from the state Fish and Wildlife Department…

Oregon wildlife commissioners adopt wolf management plan

Under the old plan, a wolf that attacked livestock twice or more over any period of time was deemed a “chronic depredator” and could be killed in the eastern third of the state, where wolves are managed by the state. The new plan will allow the state to kill wolves after two confirmed attacks during a nine-month period.