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Moose mecca Maine looks to boost hunting permits – by 20 percent, to 2,500 – but time to apply winding down

The season reportedly is being shortened because the moose population in that area has a sex ratio of 17 bulls to 100 cows, well below the department goal of 30-to-100. (Photo by Bob Drieslein)AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine is about to close the door on application submissions to this year’s moose lottery. Actually, the state is closing the web browser, as…

New York offering unique program for first-time campers

(New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)ALBANY, N.Y. — New York families who have never camped have the chance to see if they might enjoy the great outdoors before making a commitment to buy all the gear. Free first-time camper weekends are being offered at 13 parks around the state throughout the summer. New campers will be provided with a…

North Dakota city takes step toward deer management bow hunting

(Windigo Images) MINOT, N.D. — The Minot City Council has taken the first step toward allowing bow hunting in city limits to manage the urban deer population. The council has given initial approval to an ordinance creating a wildlife management program administered by city police in cooperation with the state Game and Fish Department, the Minot Daily News reported. The…

Hunting, trapping proposals raising a ruckus in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana DNR official has recommended making adjustments to two proposals regarding bobcats, raccoons, opossums and coyotes that have been met with fierce opposition. One proposal would create a bobcat hunting season. Hunters would be limited to catching one bobcat and there would also be an overall statewide quota. The season would likely run from Nov. 8 to…

New York state officials: Be on the lookout for invasive spotted lanternfly

The insect was found in Pennsylvania in 2014. (Penn State University photo)ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state officials are asking residents to be on the lookout for an invasive insect called the spotted lanternfly. State environmental and agricultural officials say the spotted lanternfly has the potential to harm New York’s forests and farms. The invasive pest from Asia feeds on…

Central Florida community works to bring back butterflies

ORLANDO, Fla. — Efforts are underway in Central Florida to restore the habitats of the monarch butterfly, crucial to helping plants grow, including many foods people eat. The iconic orange and black insect is one of nature’s key pollinators. Environmentalists say its decline, which they blame in part on climate change, threatens the ecological health of the region, and other…