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Jim Beam fined in massive bourbon spill that killed fish

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources found dead fish along 62 miles of Glenns Creek and the Kentucky River.VERSAILLES, Ky. — Jim Beam was fined $600,000 earlier this month after a July warehouse fire sent a nearly 23-mile plume of alcohol into the Kentucky and Ohio rivers, killing fish. The distiller agreed to the fine in a Dec….

Minnesota DNR rejects ban on lead ammunition, tackle

ST. PAUL, Minn. –  Minnesota wildlife officials have rejected a request from environmental groups to ban the use of lead in rifle bullets, birdshot and fishing tackle. The Minnesota DNR denied the petition Monday. DNR officials say restrictions on the use of lead ammunition and tackle should instead be considered by Minnesota lawmakers. Minnesota Public Radio News reports environmental groups…

Turkeys in the northwest: conservation success or nuisance?

SPOKANE, Wash. — Fifty-five years ago, Jack Adkins was frustrated. A biologist for Washington’s Department of Game, Adkins was trying to catch turkeys in Stevens County using a 90-by-40-foot net propelled by “three projectiles (shot) from a small cannon.” It wasn’t working. “We’ve had all sorts of problems,” Adkins told The Spokesman-Review in January 1964. “But the main one is…

Monarch butterflies arriving late in Mexico

(Photo by Dorthy Baker, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Association)MEXICO CITY — Environmentalists and officials in Mexico say they expect this year to see a strong turnout of monarch butterflies, millions of which make the 3,400-mile (5,500-kilometer) migration from the United States and Canada each year to small patches of forest in central Mexico. The protected wintering grounds have long been…