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Anchorage looks for options to reduce bear encounters

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Anchorage officials are examining measures to tighten regulations on trash, aiming to reduce the number of bear encounters in the city. The Anchorage Daily News reports Anchorage Assembly members discussed options to tackle the issue at a recent work session, including adopting new fines and shifting the times when residents can take out their trash for pickup….

Montana looks to keep 1,000 grizzlies amid push to lift protections

Public hunting of the animals could occur at some point in the future if federal officials move forward with plans to remove the population’s threatened species protections. No hunting plans have been crafted, but officials said if a hunt were to occur it would be constrained by the population objectives that were endorsed Thursday.

Official: Pennsylvania ‘clearly behind’ in pollution goals

BALTIMORE — A senior environmental official in Pennsylvania said Tuesday that his state is “clearly behind” in reaching goals of cutting pollution that flows downstream into the Chesapeake Bay by 2025, weeks after heavy rains brought a stunning amount of debris into Maryland. Patrick McDonnell, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, made the comment at a meeting in…

Two new exotic species identified in Lake Erie

Experts say the discovery in the planet’s largest freshwater system is alarming. Researchers are uncertain what risks the tiny creatures may pose. The university plans to monitor the situation but says both species haven’t been deemed invasive because of their low abundance.

Lack of food, dry weather chasing black bears in Arkansas

(Photo by Windigo Images)MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. — Black Bear sightings in the Twin Lakes Area are increasing due to a lack of food, according biologist Allen Cathey with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Normally, sightings of the bears increase during the spring. However, recent dry weather has caused a shortage of their primary food source during the summer. “It’s…

Alaska Supreme Court orders parts of salmon initiative cut

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska Supreme Court ordered that portions of an initiative aimed at protecting salmon be stricken as unconstitutional but decided that the rest of the measure can advance to the fall ballot. In a written order, the court said the problematic parts would bar the state Fish and Game commissioner from granting a…

Erie’s mushroom kingdom: exotic mushrooms abound

Easy to identify, tasty wild mushrooms in this region include the ever-coveted springtime morels.ERIE, Pa. — Pennsylvania is far and away the largest producer of mushrooms in the U.S., mostly the white “button” variety, grown on 68 farms mostly in the Philadelphia region. That’s been true for generations. Now, for many reasons – Americans’ widening interest for food grown and…

Officials warn not to eat fish from Michigan waterway

MILFORD, Mich. — Health officials are warning people not to eat fish from parts of a southeastern Michigan river because of chemical contamination. The emergency “Do Not Eat” advisory issued Saturday applies to all fish from the Huron River from Oakland County’s Milford to the Livingston and Washtenaw county border. That includes lakes connected by the river, including Kent Lake….

New York offers pheasants for sponsored hunts

(Photo by Windigo Images)ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state is offering 2,000 pheasants to groups that sponsor hunts involving young people, women, novices, veterans or people with disabilities. The state Department of Environmental Conservation annually offers some of the pheasants it raises at its Ithaca game farm for use in sponsored hunts. The aim of the program is to allow…

Hunter permits still being granted to bring back lion trophies from Africa

MINNEAPOLIS — A wildlife advocacy group says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued permits to hunters in South Dakota and Wisconsin to bring back lion trophies from Africa. Nonprofit Friends of Animals disclosed recently that nearly three dozen Americans have been granted such permission since Donald Trump was elected president, the Star Tribune reported. Jon F. Dagel is…

Mild winter hitting Wisconsin hard this summer – in the form of major mosquito uptick

(Wisconsin Department of Health Services)STEVENS POINT, Wis. — Biologists say this is a particularly bad summer for mosquitoes in Wisconsin because many of the insects survived the mild winter. The mild temperatures along with significant snow cover helped the mosquitoes survive, according to Jamee Hubbard, an associate professor of biology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Hubbard told Wisconsin Public…

Beekeepers in South Dakota aim to rescue, relocate honeybees

(Minnesota DNR)SPEARFISH, S.D. — Honeybees are a lot like South Dakotans. They’re hard-working and industrious, they have an agricultural based economy, they all strive to work for the greater good, and they’re pretty easygoing until their home or loved ones are threatened. So it makes sense that South Dakota is the second largest honey producer in the country, based on…

Scientists continue battle to save bats from mysterious disease

Six nights a week in the summer, a doctoral student at Virginia Tech tromps through the woods at Marine Corps Base Quantico in search of northern long-eared bats – a species decimated by a mysterious disease in recent years. Most nights, the search comes up short. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services photo)  QUANTICO, Va. — When the sun sets and…