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With fur prices down, West Virginia officials expect few state trappers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Prices are down for furs, and West Virginia authorities are not expecting many trappers this year. Rich Rogers is the furbearer project leader for the state Division of Natural Resources. He told the Charleston Gazette-Mail likely only the most die-hard trappers will put in the time and effort to run trap lines and they won’t get much…

Study: Carnivores’ return helps Yellowstone streams

Widespread extermination of wolves, cougars early last century meant elk herds able to grow in size, eating away willow plants and other vegetation along park’s streams, causing erosion damage. But in recent years, resurgent populations of wolves and cougars have restored the park’s natural balance by knocking back elk numbers and changing the herds’ behaviors.

Winter ticks taking a toll on moose calves in New England

A bull moose can weigh up to 1,600 pounds and feed a family for months with meat free of chemicals and hormones. (Photo by Bob Drieslein)CONCORD, N.H. — Moose calves are dying at unprecedented levels in New England, mostly because of the hordes of winter ticks – as many as 90,000 on one animal – that latch onto their bodies…

N.J. hunt culls 139 bears over 6 days, a steep drop from last year

(Photo by Windigo Images)TRENTON, N.J. — A total of 139 bears were killed during the first six-day period of New Jersey’s annual black bear hunt, as expected a steep drop from last year’s total following restrictions imposed by the governor. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy this year barred bear hunting on state-owned lands, removing roughly 40 percent of the lands where…

More wolf relocations to Isle Royale park planned for 2019

Wolves are being relocated to Isle Royale National Park on Lake Superior. (National Park Service)HOUGHTON, Mich. — Officials at Isle Royale National Park say they’ve wrapped up the first phase of a multi-year effort to rebuild the gray wolf population. Three females and one male were trapped on the Minnesota mainland in recent weeks and flown to the Lake Superior…

Lake Michigan kayaker startled by gator find

After initially believing the animal spotted Monday swimming near Waukegan, Ill., by a startled kayaker was a caiman, officials now say it is actually an alligator. (Photo courtesy of City of Waukegan/Facebook)WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Authorities don’t know who dumped a 4-foot-long reptile into Lake Michigan, but they now know what kind it is. After initially believing the animal spotted Monday…

Study: Recreation on U.S. land generates billions for western states

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — A new study from several wildlife-related groups has found that recreation on U.S. land administered by the Bureau of Land Management land contributes billions of dollars to western states’ economies. The study by Southwick Associates was done on behalf of The Pew Charitable Trusts, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Wildlife Management Institute, Trout Unlimited, Archery Trade Association…

Kentucky eyes deterrent system to block spread of invasive fish

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky officials say they are aiming to install a riverbed bubbler and sound system in Lake Barkley early next year as an environmentally friendly way to block the spread of an invasive fish. The Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet said the technology will be tested below Barkley Dam in western Kentucky. Several agencies in Kentucky and…