TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A U.S.-Canadian team prepared Thursday for another mission to relocate gray wolves to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan from a second Lake Superior island, where...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's moose hunters could see another bump in the number of hunting permits for the big game animals this year.
Biologists in Maine are proposing an increase of 11...
Vermont plans meetings on deer, moose hunts
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is holding public hearings this spring to discuss deer and moose hunting.
The state will release the results of the deer hunting...
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Moose in Michigan's western Upper Peninsula are holding their own more than three decades after an attempt to rebuild the population with animals from Canada, although...
Colorado rescuers save moose trapped in window well
KEYSTONE, Colo. (AP) — Rescuers in Colorado hauled a bull moose to safety after it became trapped in a window well.
Summit Daily reported Sunday that rescuers first tranquilized the animal...
Northeast Minnesota moose population low but stable
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The latest survey finds the moose population in northeastern Minnesota remains low but stable for the eighth consecutive year, the state Department of Natural Resources said...
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on moose wandering in downtown Missoula (all times local):
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials have tranquilized and removed a moose...
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Police have blocked off a downtown Missoula street after a moose and its calf wandered into the area.
The animals walked around homes and businesses on Friday morning...
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bighorn sheep and moose hunters enjoyed another successful year in North Dakota in 2018.
The state Game and Fish Department says hunter success was 100 percent for...
Driver dies when sedan strikes moose northwest of Wasilla
WASILLA, Alaska (AP) — A driver died in a car crash with a moose northwest of Wasilla.
Alaska State Troopers did not immediately release the name and gender of the driver because next of kin...
Nevada wildlife officials seek to criminalize moose killings
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Moose used to be rare in Nevada, but wildlife officials are pointing to an increase of sightings of the big animals in the northeastern part of the state as they ask lawmakers to...
Bill to compensate farmers for wildlife damage clears House
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to compensate Idaho farmers and ranchers for damage caused by elk, deer, antelope and moose to irrigation equipment and ground planted with seeds has cleared the House.
Representatives voted 68-0 on Wednesday to send the legislation to the Senate.
The proposed law would cost the Idaho Department of Fish and Game about $150,000 annually.
Wolf taken to Isle Royale last fall returns to mainland
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A gray wolf that was moved from Minnesota to Isle Royale National Park last fall has wandered back to the mainland, trekking more than 15 miles (24 kilometers) across the frozen surface of Lake Superior to reach her home turf, officials said Wednesday.
Wyoming man fined for killing wolf in Grand Teton park
MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming man who illegally killed a wolf in Grand Teton National Park has been fined and will lose the right to hunt for a year.
In an announcement Wednesday, park officials said the 56-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman were charged with an illegal take of wildlife in the park — a young female without a collar — as the result of an investigation into signs of illegal hunting discovered on Jan. 1. The charge against the woman was later dropped.
Farmers could be compensated for wildlife-damaged irrigation
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to compensate Idaho farmers and ranchers for damage caused by elk, deer, antelope and moose to irrigation equipment and ground planted with seeds in the fall will get a hearing before lawmakers.
The House Resources and Conservation Committee on Thursday approved a hearing for the proposed law that would cost the Idaho Department of Fish and Game about $150,000 annually.
With shutdown over, scientists rush to salvage wolf study
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A 60-year-old study of wolves and moose at Isle Royale National Park is back on track after being derailed by the partial government shutdown, and enough private funding has been raised to ensure the work will go on even if federal agencies are idled again, officials said Monday.
A moose walks into an Alaska hospital and finds a snack
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A moose wandered into a hospital building in Alaska's largest city and chowed down on some plants in the lobby as workers watched the massive animal in awe.
When a patient mentioned that security staffers were monitoring a moose that got inside the Anchorage building Monday, Stephanie Hupton dashed out and started recording.
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Alaska moose poacher fined $100,000, sentenced to jail
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man who poached three moose and left most of the meat to rot has been sentenced to nine months in jail and fined more than $100,000.
Rusty Counts, 39, of Anchor Point, shot the moose near his community over two weeks in September. He pleaded guilty Nov. 6 to 21 misdemeanor wildlife counts and violations, including wanton waste, exceeding bag limits and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
FWP seeking information on poached bull moose
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is investigating a poached bull moose found south of Bozeman this month.
The agency says Christmas tree hunters found the moose carcass on Dec. 1, about a mile up Moser Creek Road and reported it to FWP on Dec. 3.
Maine’s fall hunting seasons ending for the year
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's big hunting seasons are wrapping up for the fall.
The main firearms season for deer ends on Saturday. That's also the last day of the year for hunting bears and moose. The bear hunt is mostly over at this point anyway, as most of the hunting is done over bait at the early part of the season.
The moose hunt is also limited to only a small part of the state at this part of November.
Deadly wildlife disease emerges in Grand Teton National Park
MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — A deadly disease that affects animals including deer, elk and moose has been detected for the first time in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department announced Wednesday it found chronic wasting disease in an adult buck mule deer killed by a vehicle in the park.
Maine’s primary deer hunting season enters final week
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The busiest part of Maine's annual deer hunt is entering the final days.
The main firearms season for deer ends this Saturday. Then the muzzleloader season runs from Monday, Nov. 26, through Dec. 8, with the second week restricted to certain parts of the state.
Muzzleloader guns are popular with a subset of hunters and are afforded their own hunting season.
Justices sound favorable to Alaska hunter with hovercraft
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sounded skeptical Monday of the National Park Service's authority to prevent an Alaskan moose hunter from using his motorized rubber boat to access remote areas of the state.
The justices heard arguments in a case that tests the limits of the federal government's authority in a state in which more than 60 percent of the land is federally owned.
Moose bomb: Rotting carcass blown up in Wyoming forest
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A dead moose in Wyoming probably won't attract grizzly bears now that forest officials have used explosives to blow the rotting meat to smithereens.
Bridger-Teton National Forest wildlife managers don't normally do anything about dead wildlife in the huge backcountry area that borders Yellowstone National Park. But they worried the big carcass could draw dangerous animals to a nearby trail that's popular with hikers, hunters and dog-walkers.
Grand Teton Park elk hunt set to start Saturday
MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — An elk hunt in Grand Teton National Park in northwest Wyoming is scheduled to begin Saturday.
A total of 575 permits are authorized for the hunt, which is the fewest of any year the program has been in effect. Last year 600 permits were authorized and 242 elk were harvested from the park.
Bid to illegally import moose antlers lands Canadian in rut
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Canadian man has been sentenced to a month in prison for importing illegally harvested moose antlers into the United States.
Bear hunting winding down in Maine, but deer, moose still on
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's moose hunt is resuming for another week while the bear hunt winds down and the season for deer gets closer.
Maine divides its moose hunt into three sections, and the third one begins Monday and ends Oct. 27. The final and longest stretch runs from Oct. 29 to Nov. 24. The hunt will be limited to only far northern Maine this week and will be limited to parts of western and central Maine in the final stretch.
Winter ticks taking a toll on moose calves in New England
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Moose calves are dying at unprecedented levels in New England, mostly because of the hordes of winter ticks — as many as 90,000 on one animal — that latch onto their bodies and drain their blood.
Survivors, families mark anniversary of airplane crash
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Nearly all of the wreckage from the airplane that smashed into the southeast side of Moose Mountain is gone, and the large swath of trees obliterated during the deadliest wreck in New Hampshire aviation history has mostly regrown in the five decades since.
2 people hospitalized after their car hit a moose
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho State Police say two people were hospitalized after their car struck a moose on U.S. 95 south of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that a Subaru Legacy driven by 34-year-old Derek Gregory of Hayden was traveling southbound on U.S. 95 at 2:34 a.m. Saturday when it struck a moose.
Maine hunters looking for moose, fox this fall
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A portion of the Maine moose hunt is coming to an end while some of the state's other fall hunts are getting started.
The moose hunt is divided into four stretches, and the second one ends on Saturday. Moose hunting resumes from Oct. 22 to 27 and again from Oct. 29 to Nov. 24.
The moose hunts are limited to certain parts of the state and hunters are advised to check with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife before hunting.
Maine takes step to prevent spread of dangerous deer disease
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine wildlife regulators on Thursday enacted emergency rules to protect Maine's moose and deer herds from a dangerous disease that has been discovered in neighboring Canada.
State considering new rules to slow chronic wasting disease
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Department of Conservation is considering changing state regulations to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease, an always-fatal disease that affects deer, moose and elk.
Barbara Keller of the conservation department said during a meeting Tuesday in Cape Girardeau that one possible change would prohibit importing deer carcasses from other states. The department also is considering restricting movement of carcasses within Missouri.
Moose hunters are back on the prowl in Maine
CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — Maine's moose hunters are back in the woods for another week of trying to bag the state's biggest trophy animal.
The second of four moose hunt sessions begins on Monday and runs through Oct. 13. There's another stretch from Oct. 22 to 27, and the longest session is from Oct. 29 to Nov. 24.
This week's moose hunt is mostly limited to far northern Maine, where the moose population is dense.
State police: Motorist killed when moose wanders onto I-95
MEDWAY, Maine (AP) — Maine law enforcement officials say the state has recorded the first motor vehicle fatality caused by a moose in 2018.
State Police say a 54-year-old man was killed Friday night when his Subaru crashed into a bull moose that had wandered onto Interstate 95 in the town of Medway in northern Maine.
The moose smashed the windshield and peeled back the roof.
Vermont warning motorists to beware moose on the highways
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is reminding motorists to watch out for moose on the state's roadways this time of year.
Biologists say this is moose breeding season and the animals are more likely to be crossing roadways, especially after dark or early in the morning.
Last year motorists hit 67 moose and so far this year 51 moose have been hit. Since 1985, 19 people have died in collisions with moose in Vermont.
Moose alert: Caution urged on Adirondack roads during rut
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Moose are on the move in the Adirondacks and state officials are advising drivers to watch out for them on roadways.
The Department of Environmental Conservation says early fall is breeding season for moose in northern New York and the animals are wandering into areas where they're not typically seen, searching for mates.
The agency says three moose died in collisions with vehicles over the past weekend. The state hasn't had any human fatalities from moose accidents.
Bethel man cited after Facebook post advertising moose meat
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A Bethel man has been accused of advertising the sale of moose meat on Facebook, an action illegal under Alaska law.
Alaska Wildlife Trooper Walter Blajeski said he issued a citation to Arnold Lupie last month after seeing his online ad for moose meat, KYUK-AM reported last week.
Fall grizzly research begins in Grand Teton National Park
MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Fall trapping of grizzly bears is getting started in western Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park and will continue through mid-November.
Park officials urged people Monday to heed brightly colored warning signs and stay away from areas where the routine trapping is occurring.
Biologists sedate the grizzly bears and fit them with tracking collars. They also collect samples and take measurements.
SUV hits and kills moose on highway in Grand Forks County
EMERADO, N.D. (AP) — A moose was killed when it was struck by a sport utility vehicle on U.S. Highway 2 in Grand Forks County over the weekend.
The Highway Patrol says the animal was hit about 8:45 p.m. Sunday, about 3 miles west of Emerado.
The Devils Lake man driving the SUV escaped injury.
Busy weekend for Maine hunters of deer, moose, bear, turkey
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's annual archery season for deer is beginning on one of the biggest weekends of the year for the state's hunters.
The archery season starts Saturday and continues until Oct. 26. Saturday is also the final day of the first stretch of the moose hunting season. Moose hunting resumes on Oct. 8. The last of four moose hunting sessions ends on Nov. 24.
Tennessee man dies in collision with moose in Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities say a 25-year-old Tennessee man has died in Alaska after a traffic collision with a moose, and his passenger was seriously injured.
Alaska State Troopers say Bryan Sprenz of Knoxville, Tennessee, was pronounced dead at the scene of the early Wednesday morning crash on the Parks Highway in Alaska's interior.
Troopers say a passenger, 21-year-old Lydia Hunter of Chapmansboro, Tennessee, was seriously injured and flown to a hospital.
Bow hunter kills attacking grizzly on Blackfeet Reservation
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A bow hunter who killed a moose on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation reported shooting and killing a grizzly bear that attacked him.
Blackfeet Fish and Wildlife Director Dona Rutherford says the man killed the moose on Monday and was preparing to move the animal when he was attacked by the bear.
Rutherford says bow hunters are allowed to carry guns and the hunter shot the bear with a handgun.
Officials prepare to relocate wolves to Isle Royale park
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A mission to rebuild the depleted wolf population at Isle Royale National Park is getting underway in Michigan and Minnesota, as specialists prepare to trap six to eight of the predators on the mainland and fly them to the Lake Superior archipelago, officials said Friday.
Maine’s fall hunting seasons about to kick into high gear
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The busiest part of the year for Maine's bear hunt is entering its final days while the seasons for deer and moose draw closer.
Most Maine bear hunting takes place during the season in which it's legal to use bait. The bait season ends on Sept. 22. It's still legal to hunt bears until Nov. 24, though the season slows down considerably.
Have you herd? Moose, bighorn sheep pass on migration tips
NEW YORK (AP) — Looking for the best place to eat? Ask a local. Now scientists say that same insider knowledge shapes the springtime migrations of moose and bighorn sheep.
Animals learn from experienced members of the herd about where to find the best food, building sort of a cultural know-how that's passed through generations and improves over the course of decades, new research indicates.
Biologist: Drowned moose likely had brain worm
SOUTH HERO, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's moose biologist says brain-worm parasites and not onlookers probably caused the death of a moose that had drowned in Lake Champlain after swimming across about a 6-mile stretch of the lake from New York to South Hero.
Officials had suggested the exhausted moose was forced back into the water by people who had crowded around it to take photographs.
Moose crowded by onlookers on shore drowns in Vermont lake
SOUTH HERO, Vt. (AP) — A moose drowned in Lake Champlain after people crowded around the animal to take its picture, Vermont wildlife officials said.
Fish and Wildlife Warden Robert Currier said the moose swam across the lake from New York to South Hero, Vermont, on Saturday. He said it made it onto land but was forced back into the water, likely feeling threatened by onlookers. The moose succumbed to exhaustion and drowned.