More Pennsylvanians have collided with white-tailed deer than ever before, according to claims stats, and more than half of the drivers who participated in an online poll said they have hit a deer while driving on Pennsylvania roads.
The issue involves a mystery: About half of the elk calves born in southwestern Colorado die within six months. Of the survivors, another 15 percent perish before they turn a year old. And researchers don’t know why.
Despite fewer hunters, kill totals up nearly 13 percent from 2017.
Fifty-six percent of the deer taken in the muzzleloader-only season were does.MADISON, Wis. — Rapidly growing numbers of cases of chronic wasting disease are appearing on deer and elk farms and hunting ranches in Wisconsin at the same time the state has pulled back on rules and procedures designed to limit the spread of the fatal brain disease among its…
Both the breeding farm and the hunting ranch have been quarantined. That means no animals may move in or out of the farm and further restricts movement of carcasses.
According to data from the Wisconsin DNR, the state sold about 824,500 deer licenses in 2017, about 50,400 fewer than 1999.
Wolf advocates say the site-specific plans will prioritize and make the best use of non-lethal tools, while ranchers hope the proposal gives them a quicker and clearer path to dealing with problem wolves.
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…
Overcrowding impacting deer health, damaging forests and causing property owners to complain about the animals chomping down their landscaping.
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.
The planting project is in its third year and rice is beginning to grow in some areas, experts said.
Officials say the other three relocated wolves are doing well.
But state wildlife officials say that because the big cats have all been spotted at night and haven’t attacked anyone, it’s not a public safety concern.
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…
Agency wants to enact the regulations on an emergency basis to protect catfish over winter. DNR officials hope to have permanent rules ready by next fall.
Will allow a year-round open season for black bass in the Lake Erie sport fishing district.
(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…
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…
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…
Pheasants will be released for opening day and prior to the Veterans Day and Thanksgiving holiday weekends.
U.S. Forest Service advances changes to sage grouse protections in five Western states that environmental groups say are part of the Trump administration’s efforts favoring industry but that push the imperiled bird closer to extinction.
More than 618,000 people visited Pictured Rocks through August, up about 45,700 from this time in 2017, according to the park service.
Researchers hope to learn more about starry stonewort, how it impacts areas and how to manage it.
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…
Last year, 500 pounds of ground venison was donated to needy Somerset County families through the Hunters Sharing the Harvest program.
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…