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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...

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...

6 tribes sue Wisconsin to try to stop November wolf hunt

Sep. 21, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

Six Native American tribes sued Wisconsin on Tuesday to try to stop its planned gray wolf hunt in November, asserting that the hunt violates their treaty rights and endangers an animal they consider sacred. The Chippewa tribes say treaties give them rights to half of the...

Massachusetts has year's 1st human case of West Nile virus

Sep. 01, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has its first human case of West Nile virus this year, state public health officials said Wednesday. The mosquito-borne disease was detected in a woman in her 80s who was likely exposed in Middlesex County, according to a statement from the...

Vermont's early bear hunting season is underway

Sep. 01, 2021 12:21 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's early bear hunting season is underway. The season opened on Wednesday and runs through Nov. 12. One exception is that nonresident hunters using dogs are not permitted to bear hunt in Vermont until Sept. 15, according to the the Vermont...