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Rifle deer hunting season is over while archery continues

Nov. 30, 2020 1:13 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's 16-day rifle deer hunting season has ended but the archery deer hunting season continues, and a second muzzleloader season starts this week. The archery season runs through Dec. 15. The muzzleloader season starts Saturday and runs through Dec. 13. During the archery...

Grizzly bear 399 and her four cubs cross the road in southern Jackson Hole as Cindy Campbell stops traffic on Nov. 17, 2020. The 24-year-old bear and her cubs have spent considerable time far from the sow's usual northern range in and around Grand Teton National Park. Wildlife managers have been monitoring the bears in an effort to keep people safe and the bears out of harm's way. Wyoming Game and Fish officials are concerned the bear has started keying in on human-related foods such as honey from a beekeeper's hives, a grain mix meant for livestock and a residential compost pile. (Ryan Dorgan/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)

Bear biologists concerned about famous grizzly's diet

Nov. 30, 2020 12:41 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Bear biologist Mike Boyce was staked out on a road in south of Wilson for much of the day on Nov. 17 keeping tabs on five grizzly bears that were napping, playing and feeding on a deer carcass. “They devoured it in just a matter of a couple hours,” Boyce said from the...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2002 file photo, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife technician Mike Ross hauls a mountain goat from a helicopter to a site where the goats would be tested and loaded into crates north of Big Timber, Mont., for eventual transplant to another area. Agency researchers plan to fly across the Bridger Range in a helicopter in December to capture mountain goats, test them for viruses and fit them with radio collars so they can study the goats' movements across the mountain range. (Erik Petersen/Livingston Enterprise via AP)

Wildlife biologists to capture, radio collar mountain goats

Nov. 29, 2020 11:42 AM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Biologists are planning to wrangle mountain goats atop the Bridger Range this December to gather data on the population’s movement patterns and health, something officials hope will help inform future management. On a day between Dec. 10 and Dec. 18 when the weather is good, a...

NH wildlife officials: Don't rely on phone maps while hiking

Nov. 29, 2020 9:55 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department is warning hikers not to rely on cellphone mapping apps for wilderness navigation after two individuals got lost in the woods. According to the department, a mother and daughter from Massachusetts were hiking in the mountains near Tamworth...

Rebecca Lessard, executive director of Wings of Wonder, shows a male barred owl to spectators prior to releasing him into the wild on Thursday, October 25, 2012 behind the Leelanau Montessori Public School Academy in Suttons Bay, Mich. (Keith King/Traverse City Record-Eagle via AP)

Saying goodbye: Wings of Wonder owner retires

Nov. 29, 2020 1:02 AM EST

EMPIRE, Mich. (AP) — Rebecca Lessard released her last rehabilitated eagle on South Fox Island about a month ago, piling into a small chartered plane with the caged raptor and her assistant. The eagle had come from the island and when it was released, soared down the runway before being joined by another...

Petition by Alaska to delist seals as threatened rejected

Nov. 28, 2020 2:54 PM EST

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — A petition by the state of Alaska to delist three species of Arctic ringed seals as threatened has been rejected. The decision by the National Marine Fisheries Service on Wednesday was based on “threats associated with ongoing and projected changes in sea ice and on-ice snow...

Last day on the calendar for Maine's big fall hunts

Nov. 28, 2020 9:14 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The final day has arrived for most of Maine's big fall hunting seasons. The firearms seasons for bears, moose and deer all end on Saturday. The season for wild turkeys, the other species in Maine's “big four,” ended earlier in the month. The muzzleloader season for deer...

FILE - This June 5, 2009, file photo shows a Redtail hawk feeding a snake to one of her young ones nested at the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City, Colo. The Trump administration moved forward Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, on gutting a longstanding federal protection for the nation's birds, over objections from former federal officials and many scientists that billions more birds will likely perish as a result. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

Trump administration moves ahead on gutting bird protections

Nov. 27, 2020 12:23 PM EST

The Trump administration moved forward Friday on gutting a longstanding federal protection for the nation's birds, over objections from former federal officials and many scientists that billions more birds will likely perish as a result. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published its take on the proposed...

Missouri hunters take down fewer deer during firearm season

Nov. 26, 2020 5:13 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Fewer deer were killed in Missouri during the firearm portion of the hunting season. Hunters killed 176,604 deer during the 11-day season that ended Tuesday, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. The opening weekend of the season, when the vast majority of deer are...

Nearly $432K in 'Moose Plate' sales to conservation projects

Nov. 26, 2020 2:52 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire State Conservation Committee has awarded nearly $432,000 in grants from its “Moose Plate" program to 21 projects to protect, restore, and enhance the state's natural resources. Seven grants, each totaling $24,000, are going to a range of projects, such as...