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Private property owners sue over Virginia’s hunting dog law

(dnr.sc.gov)WILSONS, Va. — Soon after Jim Medeiros bought his 143-acre (58-hectare) cattle and poultry farm in rural Virginia a decade ago, he and his wife were startled by the sounds of 20 hunting dogs barking and howling as they circled their house and chased their chickens. When Medeiros confronted a hunter nearby, the man told him he had permission to…

Changing snowfall makes it harder to fight fire with fire

(National Park Service)DECKERS, Colo. — Dripping flaming fuel as they go, a line of workers slowly descends a steep, snow-covered hillside above central Colorado’s South Platte River, torching piles of woody debris that erupt into flames shooting two stories high. It’s winter in the Rocky Mountains, and fresh snow cover allowed the crew of 11 to safely confine the controlled…

Two men rescued from Saginaw Bay – for second time in a week

(Facebook/U.S. Coast Guard Station Saginaw River)FRASER TWP, Mich. — Two men have been rescued from the icy waters of Saginaw Bay for the second time in the same week after falling through unstable ice. The two were trying to retrieve items they had to abandon during their first rescue Sunday, March 6, when they needed to be rescued again Wednesday,…

In Montana, officials say hunting wolves from aircraft prohibited

HELENA, Mont. — Despite a recent interpretation of Montana state law that aerial hunting of wolves is not prohibited, doing so runs afoul of federal law. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks argued in state District Court recently that state law does not prohibit aerial hunting of wolves. FWP’s arguments came as legal justification for the agency removing language from the state’s…

A bear battalion

At least three bears reportedly responsible for more than 150 incident reports in the region straddling Northern California and Nevada.

North Dakota tourism rebounds despite Canada border closure

North Dakota fisheries draw game-fish anglers year-round. (Photo by Visit Garrison)BISMARCK, N.D. — Outdoor recreation surged this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, but the 20-month U.S.-Canada border closure to nonessential travel cut into North Dakota’s tourism industry. Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the state’s No. 1 tourist attraction, is on track to have its best visitation since 1978, surpassing 791,000 visitors…