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Fatal Pogo Mine-Area Black Bear Mauling Remains Under Investigation
Delta Junction — The fatal mauling of a Pogo Mine contract employee by a black bear on Monday, June 19, remains under investigation by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Early reports suggested the attack showed signs of being predatory, but biologists say further examination of events and the bear involved is needed before […]

Copper River Dipnetting Crowds Encounter Bears
Chitina — Personal-use dipnetters camping and staging at the popular O’Brien Creek Campground to scoop up Copper River salmon are reminded they aren’t the area’s only fishers. Brown bears are in the area, too, and that’s perfectly normal. But recent sightings, combined with news lately of two fatal bear attacks on humans elsewhere in Alaska, […]

Black Bear Suspected in Bird Ridge Mauling Killed
Anchorage — A black bear believed responsible for Sunday’s fatal mauling on Bird Ridge was among four bears shot and killed Tuesday evening by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Small aircraft were used to locate the animals Tuesday after a ground search on Monday was unsuccessful. An adult male black bear killed last […]

Idaho Mule deer fawns had a tough winter
Turns out Idaho’s mule deer fawn mortality wasn’t as bad as feared, but still the second-lowest winter survival in nearly 20 years. About 30 percent of radio collared fawns and 90 percent of collared does survived the harsh conditions last winter with deep snow and frigid temperatures on low-elevation winter range. Elk survival was substantially […]

Silver Carp Found Nine Miles from Lake Michigan
CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) today announced the preliminary finding of 1 silver carp in the Illinois Waterway below T.J. O’Brien Lock and Dam, approximately nine miles away from Lake Michigan. The fish was captured with a gill net by a contracted commercial […]

Steer clear of endangered interior least tern nesting areas
Make sure to give the federally endangered interior least tern space if you see one, especially during the May-to-August breeding season, a DNR biologist says. Late spring and early summer is when the species returns to Indiana to find suitable nesting habitat, according to non-game bird biologist Allisyn Gillet. These birds nest on the ground […]

Arctic Charr Population In Northern Maine Pond Restored
T8 R10 WELS, Maine — After Arctic charr became perilously close to disappearing from one of the last remaining ponds in Maine, actions by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife have restored the charr population in Big Reed Pond in northern Piscataquis county. This was confirmed last week by IFW fisheries biologists who documented […]

Lake Lamar Bruce Record Bluegill Caught
SALTILLO – A Lake Lamar Bruce record bluegill was caught on June 11, 2017 by Raymond Burns of Baldwyn, MS. The fish weighed 0.57 lbs. Lake Lamar Bruce is a 300-acre state fishing lake located in Saltillo. “Each state lake maintains a list of record fish, and we encourage anglers to let us know if […]

Fish Attractors Added to Mountain Island Lake near Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Anglers should see improved fishing opportunities at Mountain Island Lake after fisheries staff with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission deployed 200 fish attractors into the 3,300-acre lake this spring. Typically, staff place one to five fish structures around a standard fish attractor buoy; however, with this project, they placed 100 fish attractors […]

July 4 Marks Pennsylvanias Second Fish-for-Free Day
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Families and friends visiting Pennsylvania’s state parks, lakes and other popular outdoor spots over the Independence Day holiday can enjoy a day of free fishing, thanks to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). Tuesday, July 4, marks the second of two free fishing days in the Commonwealth. The first was May […]

Bear problems in Seal Rock
SALEM, Ore. — ODFW is reminding residents and visitors in Seal Rock to not feed bears. Up to eight individual bears are currently feeding from unsecured garbage cans and bird feeders in the area. “If you care about bears, don’t feed them and ask your neighbors not to, either.”says Jason Kirchner, ODFW district wildlife biologist. […]

Salvaging roadkilled deer and elk remains unlawful
SALEM, Ore. — A new law allowing the salvage of roadkilled deer and elk will not take effect until Jan. 1, 2019 at the latest. Salvaging roadkilled deer and elk remains unlawful until new rules are adopted to implement the new statute. The Legislature gave the Department up to two years to develop a safe, […]

California Sage-Grouse Hunting Suspended for 2017 Season
On June 21, the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) voted unanimously to reduce sage-grouse hunting permits to zero for the 2017 season. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recommended this action to the Commission based on spring lek (breeding ground) surveys that showed significantly fewer sage-grouse in all four hunting zones. Although […]

Recovery Prompts Delisting of Yellowstone Grizzly Bear
WASHINGTON – Due to the success of conservation efforts and collaboration among a variety of stakeholders, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced today that the Yellowstone population of the grizzly bear has been recovered to the point where federal protections can be removed and overall management can be returned to the states and […]

DNREC produces wetlands report card on Leipsic River Watershed
DOVER – DNREC’s Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program announced that its final report on the health of wetlands located in Kent County’s Leipsic River Watershed and Little Creek area – the eighth in a series of watershed-specific wetland health reports – has been given a C+ grade for their current condition, with opportunity for improvement. […]

Habitat Improvements Planned on Conner Farm Wildlife Management Area
EXETER, NH — A timber harvest is being planned to improve wildlife habitat on the 250-acre Conner Farm Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Exeter. The NH Fish and Game Department, in collaboration with the NH Division of Forests and Lands, will be conducting the harvest either this winter, or a subsequent winter when the ground […]

Restoring Michigan’s oak savanna
Picture yourself in a beautiful parklike setting with scattered, sprawling oak trees framed against a brilliant blue sky. As you bring your eyes toward the ground you see a blanket of wildflowers punctuated by clumps of grasses as far as the eye can see. The air is sweet with nectar, and you see countless butterflies […]

U.P. Trappers Association convention in Delta County
Fur trappers Les Johnson from “Predator Quest” and Lesel Reuwsaat, who has been a frequent guest on the F&T Freedom Outdoors television program, will be among the demonstrators at the Upper Peninsula Trappers Association convention and outdoor expo in Escanaba. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 30 and […]

Kansas Bullfrog Season Opener July 1
PRATT – Bullfrogs: big, green, bellowing creatures of the pond. They’re a common sight in Kansas, and more so a common sound at night. A bullfrog’s call seems to say “summer is here,” and what better way to celebrate the season than to catch these water-loving acrobats with friends and family. The Kansas bullfrog season […]

Friday is last day for halibut in Columbia River Subarea
NEWPORT, Ore. — The Pacific halibut nearshore recreational fishery in the Columbia River Subarea will close for the remainder of 2017 effective 11:59 p.m., Friday, June 23. The entire recreational Pacific halibut fishery quota (all-depth and nearshore) for the Columbia River Subarea will have been met by then, according to fishery managers ODFW, WDFW, IPHC […]

Officers seize 17 illegal game animal heads in Farmington
FARMINGTON – New Mexico Department of Game and Fish officers, with assistance from the New Mexico State Police and San Juan County Sheriff’s office, seized 17 illegal game animal heads during multiple search warrants throughout the Farmington area on Tuesday. The investigation into a Farmington man, who is facing multiple charges, originated in early 2017 […]

Outdoor Campus-West to Hold Special Events
PIERRE, S.D. – The Outdoor Campus-West in Rapid City is hosting special events this summer, including International Mud Day this Saturday, June 24, and Outdoor University on July 8. The International Mud Day celebration offers opportunities for participants to play in the mud, including mud painting and making seed balls to plant. Outdoor University is […]

Delaware’s 2017 horseshoe crab commercial fishery to close June 22
DOVER – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today that Delaware’s 2017 commercial harvest quota of 162,136 male horseshoe crabs has been met, and that the horseshoe crab fishery will close at 12:01 a.m., Thursday, June 22 in accordance with Delaware law and regulations. The fishery will remain closed the rest of the year. […]

Help FWC monitor fish health by reporting fish kills
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) needs your help in monitoring fish health by tracking marine and freshwater fish kills in Florida. FWC scientists monitor and document fish kills and diseases, as well as other aquatic animal health issues and associated environmental events. “The public’s involvement is critical to locate, monitor and understand […]

Goliath grouper workshops scheduled August through October
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) needs your input on goliath grouper management, including the possibility of a limited harvest in Florida state waters. The FWC is hosting several goliath grouper public workshops throughout the state in August and October. Share your input and learn more about the current status of goliath grouper […]
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