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DNR: Nine-day gun season deer kill drops 8% from 2020

Nov. 30, 2021 14:50 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hunters killed thousands fewer deer during Wisconsin's nine-day gun season this year than in 2020, according to preliminary state Department of Natural Resources data released Monday. The DNR offers multiple deer hunting seasons each fall but the...

Some deer ingested chemicals, shouldn't be eaten, Maine says

Nov. 23, 2021 17:31 PM EST

FAIRFIELD, Maine (AP) — Deer harvested by hunters in part of central Maine should not be consumed as food because of elevated levels of an environmental pollutant, authorities in the state said Tuesday. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said it...

Feds abandon plan to shrink habitat of rare red wolves

Nov. 10, 2021 19:32 PM EST

Federal wildlife officials overseeing the world's only wild population of endangered red wolves announced Wednesday that they are abandoning a 2018 plan to limit the animals' territory and loosen protections for wolves that strayed from that area. The U.S. Fish and...

Auburn professor studying decline in wild turkey population

Nov. 07, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The wild turkey population has been declining in the U.S. over the last 10 to 15 years, and Auburn University professor Will Gulsby is determined to find out why. Gulsby is an associate professor of wildlife management in Auburn University’s School...

Nonprofit plans Mississippi oyster shell recycling program

Nov. 06, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An environmental group is using fines from the 2010 BP oil spill to plan Mississippi’s first oyster shell recycling program. “It’s very straight forward — take the actual oyster shell and reuse it to help restore the very resource it’s...

US proposes changes to Mexican gray wolf management

Oct. 29, 2021 01:23 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials are proposing to change the way Mexican gray wolves are managed in the American Southwest, saying removing population limits and setting goals for genetic diversity will help the endangered species recover. The...

Hunters kill 12 bears in Missouri's first black bear season

Oct. 28, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hunters killed 12 black bears during Missouri's first black bear hunting season, the Missouri Conservation Department said Thursday. The hunt was allowed after the state's black bear population grew to about 800, with most in southern...

Judge issues injunction blocking Wisconsin fall wolf hunt

Oct. 22, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge on Friday halted Wisconsin's fall wolf season two weeks before hunters were set to take to the woods, siding with wildlife advocacy groups who argued that holding the hunt would be unconstitutional. Dane County Circuit Judge Jacob Frost...

Maine concerned hunters aren't taking enough deer

Oct. 10, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is reviewing its deer permitting system because of concerns that hunters aren't harvesting enough to adequately manage the population. Maine's deer herd is around 300,000 and has been steadily growing for several years. The state uses the...

Wisconsin DNR defies board, reduces fall wolf quota

Oct. 04, 2021 19:52 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials on Monday dramatically scaled back the number of wolves hunters can kill during the state's fall season in open defiance of its policy board. The move marked another clash between the DNR's...