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Sea Lions Eat ‘Too Much’ Salmon, So One Thousand Will Be Shot

Wild salmon are a healthful and important human food source. Wildlife managers say hungry sea lions are taking more than their share ...   271 killed so far, 716 to go  US allows killing sea lions eating 'at-risk' Northwest salmon Aug 14, 2020 SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. authorities on Friday gave wildlife managers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho permission to start killing hundreds of sea lions in the Columbia River basin in hopes of helping struggling salmon and steelhead...

Ticks Are Mostly Likely To Bite This Tender, Hidden Body Part

“The tick has evolved to go into places where humans can’t check very easily.” Aug 11, 2020 NYUp.com – When you check your body for ticks after being outdoors, start with your thighs. That’s the most likely spot to find ticks, according to a survey by Upstate Medical University’s tick-borne disease lab. Of the 748 black-legged ticks sent over this spring and summer that had been attached to humans, nearly 16% of them were pulled off the thigh....

Too Many Moose, Not Enough Hunters

“Moose densities greater than one per square mile support high numbers of winter ticks which negatively impact moose health and survival.” Moose hunt applications due July 8 By Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department via Buckmasters.com The deadline to apply for a Vermont moose hunting permit is July 8. Permit applications are available online for the hunt limited to Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) E. “Moose density in WMU E is more than one moose per square mile, significantly higher than...

Florida’s ‘Python Cowboy’ Takes Out 17-Footer

"I was thrilled to get this dangerous predator out of the ecosystem." CNN – Mike Kimmel had gone out into the Everglades last week hoping to catch a giant Burmese python. He headed to a secluded island where he spotted alligator droppings and a black snake -- but then came upon a giant python that he instantly knew was special. "My heart started pounding," Kimmel told CNN. "I've caught big ones before, but this one looked extra...

What It’s Like To Be A Pro Python Hunter

May 14, 2020 Outside Online – Night had fallen over the Everglades, but Donna Kalil kept driving. She leaned out the window of her Ford Expedition as it followed the rutted levee road and peered across the saw grass as far as the stark glare of her floodlights would reach. Kalil was determined to catch a Burmese python. It was Saturday, January 11, the second night of Florida’s Python Bowl, a ten-day state-sponsored hunting competition designed...

State Game Officials’ Plea: Kill This Species On Sight | VIDEO

May 14, 2020 | (CNN) Georgia officials are working to completely eradicate a species they say poses a major threat to some of the state's native wildlife: the Argentine black and white tegus. John Jensen, a biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Conservation Section, said the lizard can grow up to about 4 feet in size and can eat "just about anything they want." "Tegus will eat the eggs of ground-nesting birds — including quail and...

Urban Deer ‘Out Of Control,’ Fueling Lyme Disease Fears

"The PA Game Commission has failed in their primary task." City dwellers seek relief from disease carrying deer | Headline Health – Residents of major northeast metro areas including Pittsburgh and New York are reporting residential neighborhoods overrun with unwelcome whitetail deer. The lack of hunters in these highly populated areas has created suburban parklands for hungry bucks, does, and fawns. In the Pittsburgh area, Mr. & Mrs. Gerald S. are pleading with their state legislator to bring...

Women Hunters Take Aim At NY’s Deer Overpopulation

Deer overpopulation meets its match: women who hunt | Suburban housewives have taken up gun and bow in record numbers. New York Times – A camo-clad pair of hunters slipped into the woods near Yaphank, Long Island, one Sunday this winter, to position themselves before sunset, when white-tailed deer are most active. One carried pink arrows, and the other had a purple bow. But the tree stand they planned to climb into was missing. It happens — the...

Conservationists Seek Ban On Hunting Feral Hogs

"Feral hogs can carry or transmit several diseases to wildlife and humans. Three diseases that cause the most concern are swine brucellosis, pseudorabies, and tularemia, although feral hogs harbor other diseases as well." – USDA  Why do officials in this state want to ban feral hog hunting?  Jan 28, 2020 MissouriNet – Two southern Missouri state lawmakers are unhappy with a letter the state Department of Agriculture (MDA) director has sent to the U.S. Forest Service, in support...

Feral Monkeys Threaten Florida With Lethal Herpes

The potential ramifications are "really dire." Dr. Steve Johnson, U. of Fla. | Plus: Is it legal to hunt feral monkeys in FL?  Feb 2, 2020 Newsweek – At least 12 feral rhesus macaque monkeys, which could be infected with a deadly form of herpes, have been spotted for the first time in northern Florida. According to ABC-affiliate First Coast News, the animals were seen in six neighborhoods in the city of Jacksonville. But how did members of this...

Florida Man Has $4,000 Payday In Super Bowl Python Hunt

Hunters put the squeeze on 80 snakes in Florida's Python Bowl January 26, 2020 CNN – More than 750 people from 20 states turned up for Florida's 2020 Python Bowl, catching 80 of the giant invasive snakes, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a release. The grand prize winner in the 10-day contest is Mike Kimmel, who caught eight Burmese pythons, the commission said Saturday. His prize was a Tracker 570 Off Road all-terrain...

Cops Issue Rabid Coyote Alert In State That Just Banned Coyote Hunts

You can't make this stuff up ...  In state that just banned organized coyote hunts, residents are being warned to look out for rabid coyotes  LYNNFIELD, MASS. (WHDH) - Massachusetts wildlife officials are urging the public to report any unusual animal behavior after a rabid coyote cornered a Lynnfield woman in her driveway earlier this week. The coyote, which was captured on Monday, later tested positive for rabies, according to Animal Control. Just 11 days ago:  State Bans "Cruel"...

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