Latest Animal population control News

Hundreds of Yellowstone bison to be culled this winter

Dec. 4, 2019 10:02 PM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — National park officials in Wyoming have announced plans for the selective slaughter of between 600 and 900 Yellowstone bison this winter to help manage population numbers. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported Tuesday that the officials expect most of the animals to be taken by...

Oregon Zoo breeds rare silverspot butterfly in captivity

Dec. 4, 2019 5:26 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Conservationists have successfully bred the extremely rare Oregon silverspot butterfly in captivity, a potential breakthrough for saving a species that once was found in coastal regions from California to British Columbia but is now reduced to five isolated populations, the Oregon Zoo...

DNR: Nine-day gun deer harvest down 25% from 2018

Dec. 3, 2019 1:54 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — New data from the state Department of Natural Resources shows hunters killed dramatically fewer deer during Wisconsin’s nine-day gun season than last year. Preliminary figures show hunters killed 160,769 deer during the season that ended Sunday, down 25% from 213,972 last year....

USDA gives $1.5 million to fight wild hogs in Georgia

Dec. 1, 2019 2:08 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is putting up nearly $1.5 million to help control Georgia’s wild hog population. The recently announced funding is part of a program called the "Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program," according to Georgia Public Broadcasting. "I think...

Lobster catch headed for decline, not crash, scientists say

Dec. 1, 2019 1:51 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A pair of studies by Maine-based scientists suggest the U.S. lobster industry is headed for a period of decline, but likely not a crash. Lobster fishermen have brought in record hauls this decade, a period in which Maine catches that previously rarely topped 70 million pounds (32...

50,000 deer taken in first weekend, 15% drop

Nov. 30, 2019 9:24 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State officials say hunters in Illinois took a total of 50,173 deer during the first weekend of the firearm season Nov. 22-24. The preliminary total reflects a 15% drop in the number of deer harvested compared with the first weekend in 2018. The Illinois Department of Natural...

Wisconsin residents call for delisting wolves as endangered

Nov. 30, 2019 1:06 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In November 2018, wolves killed Laurie Groskopf’s 11-year-old hunting dog in Oneida County. That was nine years after wolves killed another of her dogs. “They were attacked by wolves without any provocation and killed. And for us, it’s been really, really...

The Latest: Deer gun license sales on par with 2018

Nov. 26, 2019 2:17 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on harvest totals from opening weekend of Wisconsin’s (all times local): 1:10 p.m. Wisconsin gun deer license sales are about on part with last year. The state’s nine-day gun deer season opened Saturday. The state Department of Natural Resources released...

1st in vitro Puerto Rico crested toad gives scientists hope

Nov. 22, 2019 7:50 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A critically endangered Puerto Rican toad was for the first time born via in vitro fertilization as U.S. scientists attempt to save it from extinction, officials announced Friday. Olaf - named in honor of the frozen semen he came from — is the first of more than 300...

Iowa City contractor to conduct hunts to cut deer population

Nov. 21, 2019 7:54 AM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City residents are being urged to avoid several city parks next month as a contracted company conducts hunts to lower the local deer population. The city hired White Buffalo Inc. to reduce the deer overpopulation. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the city has estimated...