U.S. Department of Agriculture

3 wolves killed in central Idaho after sheep attacks

BOISE, Idaho — Three wolves have been killed by federal authorities in central Idaho near Stanley, an action blasted by an environmental group. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services said it killed the wolves over several days earlier this month at the request of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game after confirming wolves killed six sheep. The three…

At Arizona refuge, battle continues against feral hogs

Feral swine can cause extensive damage to riparian habitats while searching for food, and are known carriers of leptospirosis, salmonella and E-coli.LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. — U.S. Department of Agriculture aerial sharpshooters are returning to the Lake Havasu National Wildlife Refuge for a second attempt to exterminate feral hogs at the refuge along the Colorado River. However, the facility’s manager…

Arkansas fish farmers allowed to kill Great Lakes cormorants

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Fish farmers in Arkansas now have federal permits that allow them to kill a limited number of double-crested cormorants as the birds flee the ice and snow of the Great Lakes area. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently resumed issuing such permits to operators and employees of fish farms in several states, including Arkansas. It…

Growing wolf population brings challenges for federal trappers

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Federal trappers are struggling to keep up with Minnesota’s growing wolf population, according to a Minnesota Public Radio report. Only U.S. Department of Agriculture trappers can kill problem wolves – those that attack cattle and the like – because of a 2014 federal ruling that put them on the endangered species list. Trappers had to stop…

Wright County white-tailed deer herd tests negative for CWD

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has lifted a quarantine in place since May 15 following the depopulation and testing of a chronic wasting disease-exposed Wright County white-tailed deer herd. CWD was not detected in any of the 30 white-tailed deer samples collected. The herd was initially placed under quarantine because the Board traced animal movements from…

Emerald ash borer moves to Martin County

A purple prism EAB trap near Welcome. (Photo by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture)In August, four emerald ash borers (EAB) were captured on a purple prism trap near Welcome, in southern Minnesota. According to the Minnesota DNR, this discovery is important as it is at least 60 miles from previous finds in Fillmore and Dodge counties, and Martin County does…

In Michigan, Tree Check Month means looking for signs of invasive Asian longhorned beetle

Egg pits chewed by female Asian longhorned beetles may be one of the first signs of infestation. (Photo courtesy Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradication Program)The U.S Department of Agriculture has declared August as national Tree Check Month – time to be on the lookout for invasive, destructive pests threatening Michigan’s urban and forest landscapes. The Michigan departments of Agriculture and Rural…

Mankato parks on the front lines of hunting invasive insects

Asian longhorned beetles are doing damage to trees elsewhere, including in the United States, but haven’t been found yet in Minnesota.MANKATO, Minn. — The bags of bugs are piling up in the walk-in freezer in St. Paul, about 150 arriving every two weeks, a number expected to rise to well over 1,000 by the end of September. If the sack…

Rural Oregonians defend trapper program, oppose cuts

Budget cut championed by environmental and conservation groups as a long-awaited rebuke of a program they contend needlessly kills thousands of animals each year. But rural Oregonians and ranchers see it as the tone-deaf response of political leaders far removed from the daily realities of a rural existence.