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  • February 18, 2011

    Wisconsin Wolves Killing More Hunting Dogs-12


    A report issued this week by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources indicates gray wolves are becoming increasingly troublesome for farmers and hunting dog owners across the state, killing a record number of animals in 2010.

    Wolves attacked or killed livestock on a total of 47 Wisconsin farms last year, up from 28 farms in 2009 and from the previous high of 32 farms in 2008. Douglas County led the list with 12 livestock attacks. Sixteen other northern counties also reported problems with wolves.

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  • February 17, 2011

    327-Pound Gator Gar May Smash Record-3


    A 327-pound alligator gar caught by rod-and-reel angler Kenny Williams from Chotard Lake in Issaquena County, MS on Monday may surpass the standing IGFA record for the species—by nearly 50 pounds!

    Williams’ fish measured 8-feet, 5.25 inches, with a 47.95-inch girth.

    According to the International Game Fish Association web site, the current all-tackle world record alligator gar weighed 279 pounds and was caught from the Rio Grande River in Texas in 1951.

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  • February 16, 2011

    Dead Fish Tell No Tales-5


    A suburban Chicago 16-year-old allegedly poisoned three goldfish while committing a residential burglary, because he “didn’t want to leave any witnesses,” according to an Arlington Heights Police Department report.

    The juvenile, who has most certainly dashed any likelihood of a future career with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has been charged with residential burglary and cruelty to animals.

    Another 15-year-old Arlington Heights boy and 17-year-old Des Plaines boy also face residential burglary charges for the Jan. 24 incident, Sgt. Mike Hernandez of the Arlington Heights Police Department told The Daily Herald newspaper.

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  • February 15, 2011

    Virginia Considers Controversial Wildlife Bill -5



    At 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, the Virginia House Legislature will vote on a bill that would allow landowners to kill bears, deer, Canada geese and elk out of season if they were deemed to be “damaging agricultural operations.”

    Agricultural operations are defined as an “operation devoted to the bona fide production of crops, or animals, or fowl including the production of fruits and vegetables of all kinds; meat, dairy, and poultry products; nuts, tobacco, nursery and floral products; and the production and harvest of products from silviculture activity.”

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  • February 11, 2011

    Salmon, Gold and Valentine's Day-2


    What does the jewelry you buy for Valentine's day have to do with fishing (other than the fact that if your significant other likes the jewelry she might let you go fishing more often)?

    Oddly enough, jewelers and fisherman have become united thanks to a proposal to build Pebble Mine, what would be the largest open-pit mine in North America, right next to the Bristol Bay watershed, one of the more valuable salmon fisheries in the world. Recently 54 big-time jewelers representing $5.75 billion in annual sales said they would not use gold from the proposed Pebble Mine, which is estimated to generate 10 billion tons of toxic waste.

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  • February 10, 2011

    Messing With Mother Nature-4


    Humans, in their never-ending quest to control different facets of the natural world, have given us such environmental delights as the Asian grass carp, kudzu, northern snakehead and nutria, just to name a few.

    A few years ago, biologists and aquatic specialists determined that the existence of the Glen Canyon Dam, built on the Colorado River in the early 1960s, was the inherent cause of unnatural river flows though the Grand Canyon. Because the river was now prevented from flooding and periodically roaring through the canyon as it would without the dam, wise ecologists reasoned that it had a detrimental impact on the environment—and the fishery.

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  • February 8, 2011

    400 Wolves on The Prowl In Russia-12


    Authorities in the Verkhoyansk district in Russia have assembled 24 teams of armed hunters in an effort to rid the region of a pack of wolves that numbers more than 400 strong. Yes, that number is 400.

    As wolves are generally found in packs averaging between six and seven, scientists are baffled at the size of this pack to say the least. One theory is that this year’s harsh Siberian winter – temperatures have dropped to, minus 120 Fahrenheit – has depleted the number of the wolves’ usual prey of rabbits and other small animals.

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  • February 4, 2011

    Gun-Mandate Bill is Jab at Health Care Reform-9


    The South Dakota state lawmaker who introduced a bill to require firearms ownership for adult residents admits it won’t pass Constitutional muster, but he wanted to make a point about the “individual mandate” included in the health care reform bill passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Barack Obama in 2010.

    Titled “An Act to provide for an individual mandate to adult citizens to provide for the self defense of themselves and others,” the bill would require every South Dakota adult 21 or older to buy a firearm within six months of becoming law.

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