Latest Wildlife population control News

Feds agree to review grizzly protections in contiguous US

Dec. 9, 2019 6:53 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials will review whether enough is being done to protect grizzly bears in the contiguous U.S. states after environmentalists sued the government to try to restore the fearsome animals to more areas, according to a court settlement approved Monday. The review must be...

Southwest Montana hunting season sees fewer hunters

Dec. 9, 2019 9:50 AM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Southwest Montana saw fewer hunters during the general hunting season this year, and the weather made it challenging for those hunters who did take the field, according to the state Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Success rates for the season, which ended Dec. 1, were within long-term...

Imperiled Utah fish bouncing back after 18 years

Dec. 8, 2019 10:47 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An imperiled fish found only in Utah Lake is starting to make a recovery after 18 years. The June sucker increased in population from only 300 to 2,000 at last count, prompting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to propose changing the species status from endangered to threatened,...

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...