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Wildlife managers seek to diversify amid hunting decline

Feb. 17, 2020 10:21 AM EST

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Crystal Egli grew up in rural Vermont, the daughter of a vegetarian, and, for most of her life, terrified of firearms. She didn’t grow up in a family that hunted and wouldn’t know how to become a hunter even if she had an interest in learning. But when she was hired by...

Montana park officials searching for heart graffiti vandals

Feb. 17, 2020 10:17 AM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials have been confronted over the past several months with a recurring problem of graffiti at numerous parks and recreational facilities around Cascade County. The department is now seeking the public's help in identifying the person or...

Illinois officials to detail battle plan against gypsy moth

Feb. 17, 2020 9:37 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials’ plan to combat infestations of the gypsy moth will be the focus of several upcoming meetings in the northern part of the state. The Illinois Department of Agriculture has planned nine open houses to discuss treatment strategies at infested sites,...

Goat packing gains toehold, but feds want forests goat-free

Feb. 17, 2020 3:11 AM EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Pack horses are tried and true, and mules are proven hunting-gear haulers. Hunting elk with a trio of domestic goats, though, is an acquired taste. John and Nancy Clough of Dalton Gardens have joined a growing number of Western hunters who hike into the backcountry with a tribe...

FILE - This Dec. 28, 2010 photos shows a group of manatees in a canal where discharge from a nearby Florida Power & Light plant warms the water in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Fewer manatees died in 2019 in Florida compared with the year before. Statewide, manatee deaths decreased to 606 deaths last year, down from 824 in 2018. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Manatee deaths in Florida drop to 606 in 2019

Feb. 17, 2020 1:44 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Fewer manatees died in 2019 in Florida compared with the year before. Statewide, manatee deaths decreased to 606 deaths last year, down from 824 in 2018. Experts say it appears the main cause of the decline in deaths is the reduced effect of red tide algae on manatees....

Early grant proposals accepted for wetland, stream projects

Feb. 16, 2020 8:48 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is accepting early proposals for $3.3 million in grants for wetland and stream preservation and restoration projects. The program, known as the ARM Fund, has awarded grant money to 106 projects since 2006 that include preservation...

Man dies in snowmobile crash in Maine

Feb. 16, 2020 12:40 PM EST

BATCHELDERS GRANT, Maine (AP) — Authorities say a New Hampshire man has died in a snowmobile crash in the White Mountain National Forest in Maine. Paul Whitaker, 49, of Conway, was riding south on Route 113 in Batchelders Grant Township when he went off the trail and hit a tree late Friday afternoon,...

Michigan zoo plays cupid with snow leopards to produce cubs

Feb. 16, 2020 10:59 AM EST

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Officials at a Michigan zoo are hoping its male snow leopard hooks up with a female snow leopard he was paired with through a breeding program that aims to give the threatened species a boost. Battle Creek's Binder Park Zoo recently introduced Victoria, a 2-year-old snow leopard...

Public invited to weigh in on Forest Service project

Feb. 16, 2020 10:58 AM EST

MANCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — The public may weigh in on an environmental assessment of a proposed U.S. Forest Service project on 71,000 acres in southern Vermont near the Somerset Reservior. The land is mostly in Dover, Glastenbury, Searsburg, Somerset, Stratton, Wilmington and Woodford with small sections in...

Elk and pronghorn poaching investigation underway in Montana

Feb. 15, 2020 1:04 PM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials are investigating the illegal killing of elk and pronghorn in Park County. Game wardens on Thursday found three cow elk that had been shot from a road south of Livingston and their meat left to waste, according to a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks...