WICKLIFFE, Ind. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources says the newly renovated Patoka Lake Nature Center in southern Indiana has reopened with several new features for families to learn...
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — About 160 acres of private land north of Yellowstone National Park has been purchased by the state of Montana for a wildlife management area.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Game and Fish Department officials say more than 30 lakes in the state suffered total or significant winterkill.
Land conservation organization acquires 100,000 acres
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A land conservation organization has acquired 100,000 acres (40,469 hectares) on the Kentucky-Tennessee border.
News outlets report The Nature Conservancy announced...
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Open burning is once again being banned in a heavily wooded recreation area along the Missouri River south of Bismarck-Mandan.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of an influential commission that governs hunting, fishing and other wildlife management activities across New Mexico have been asked to resign, Gov. Michelle...
Public invited to view waterfowl migration with expert
FERRISBURGH, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is inviting the public to view the spring migration of waterfowl at the Little Otter Creek Wildlife Management Area in...
Free guided wildlife walks held this spring
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is hosting free guided excursions at certain wildlife management areas this spring.
New Hampshire to preserve forestland in the state
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has announced plans to conserve nearly 6,000 acres (24 square kilometers) in hopes of protecting bobcats, bears and brook trout and expanding hunting and fishing...
Idaho ‘ghost trail’ on the cusp of making a comeback
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Andrew Mackey was glassing for mule deer on the steep, tawny slopes of the Snake River breaks on the Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area south of Lewiston when he...
Vermont officials consider changes to deer hunting
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board is considering a series of drastic rule changes for deer hunting season.
The Times Argus reports the rule changes unveiled Feb. 27...
Public hearings held next month on waterfowl hunting
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Wildlife management officials in Vermont and New York are holding public hearings next month on the status of waterfowl populations on Lake Champlain and proposed hunting seasons for them.
The hearings will be held on Tuesday, March 12, at the senior citizens building at the Whitehall Recreation Center in Whitehall, New York, and on Thursday, March 14, at the Winooski High School.
Former candidate for Oklahoma attorney general is sued
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former candidate for Oklahoma attorney general is being sued by the federal government for the loss of nearly 41,000 trees on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land in northeastern Oklahoma.
The lawsuit filed Feb. 8 alleges Gentner Drummond and his Drummond Ranch LLC hired two companies to apply herbicides by air to about 1,000 acres (405 hectares) on the ranch that killed the trees on Corps-owned land adjacent to the ranch.
State officials use ‘robo deer’ to snare would-be poachers
WOODBINE, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey wildlife officials say they caught three would-be poachers with the help of a stuffed "robotic" deer.
Opposition strong against bill to change wildlife management
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — House Majority Leader Brad Tschida said he never expected to be called "the great unifier" for his proposal to eliminate social science from the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
2 groups planting trees in Louisiana wetlands
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — At least two groups are planting trees in Louisiana's wetlands to restore swamps and help slow coastal erosion.
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana has nine events scheduled from next Friday, Jan. 25, in Mereaux, in St. Bernard Parish, to Saturday, Feb. 15, in the Tangipahoa Parish community of Akers.
America's Wetland Foundation will be working Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Pointe aux Chenes Wildlife Management Area in Terrebonne Parish.
Vermont offers free guided wildlife walks
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is offering free guided walks starting this winter in wildlife management areas to look for wildlife and their tracks.
Biologists and naturalists will lead the walks that will center on bird watching and observing other wildlife and signs of them.
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NY lawmakers to review spending on environmental protection
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state lawmakers are kicking off their budget work for the year by examining state spending on environmental protection.
The Assembly and Senate have scheduled a joint budget hearing on Wednesday to examine funding for programs relating to water quality, land conservation, wildlife management and efforts to clean up pollution.
Constant vigilance keeps WV’s elk out of poachers’ hands
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Conventional wisdom said police in southwestern West Virginia would have a tough time keeping elk from being poached.
Conventional wisdom was wrong.
Since elk were stocked there late in 2016, not a single animal has been killed illegally. Capt. Terry Ballard of the state Natural Resources Police said regular law-enforcement patrols, real-time electronic surveillance and a vigilant public have combined to keep the elk safe.
Alaska calls for less federal control of wildlife management
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Department of the Interior in September asked states what it could do to "restore trust and be a good neighbor." Alaska's acting wildlife commissioner has provided a long list of suggestions.
It’s open season on hunting, fishing licenses in Maine
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine wildlife managers say licenses for the state's hunting and fishing seasons are available for purchase all over the state.
Maine sells its hunting and fishing permits online and at more than 800 licensing agents around the state. The most popular hunting seasons include the hunts for deer, moose and bear, all of which take place in the fall.
West Virginia to add nearly 19,000 acres of recreation land
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will soon add nearly 19,000 acres of public recreation land, resulting in more wildlife management areas.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports The Conservation Fund acquired 18,778 acres of current and former timberland in Northwestern West Virginia and will sell the tracts to the state Division of Natural Resources.
Land in 7 counties acquired for wildlife management efforts
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A nonprofit has bought nearly 19,000 acres of forest land in seven West Virginia counties aimed at increasing public access for hunting and wildlife-associated recreation.
The Arlington, Virginia-based Conservation Fund announced the land purchase Thursday.
Disciplined DNR employee had won leadership award
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Department of Natural Resources employee disciplined for harassing female co-workers at a Milwaukee hotel had previously won the agency's wildlife management leadership award.
The agency initially refused to release details of the January incident, saying people make mistakes. DNR officials reconsidered after The Associated Press challenged that rationale and released nearly 20 pages of documents Wednesday.
New York habitat stamps support wildlife, fishing projects
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Outdoor enthusiasts who want to help fund projects that conserve wildlife habitat and increase access to fishing spots in New York can donate $5 and get a Habitat and Access Stamp.
Mountain Home graduate honored as top wildlife officer in US
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — A Mountain Home High School graduate was recently honored as one of the top wildlife officers in the nation.
Missouri Department of Conservation Agent Andy Barnes, a 1998 graduate of MHHS, was named the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies' 2018 Colonel Bob Brantley Wildlife Officer of the Year in October. The Lawrence County (Missouri) conservation officer received the honor in October at SEAFWA's annual meeting in Mobile, Alabama.
Dutch court clears the way for deer cull in nature reserve
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court has given the go-ahead for a cull of hundreds of red deer in a nature reserve north of Amsterdam, in a wildlife management case that has sparked fierce opposition from animal rights activists.
Thursday's ruling clears the way for marksmen to begin shooting hundreds of deer in the Oostvaardersplassen, a wetland reserve created for wild birds but which also is home to hundreds of deer, horses and cattle.
Study predicts monkey population boom in Florida park
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A troop of roaming primates in north-central Florida will nearly double in size if state wildlife managers don't step in and stop the monkey business, according to new research released Monday.
Kentucky hosting National Retriever Championship
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is hosting the National Retriever Championship for dogs.
A statement from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says it is the first time the state has hosted the event, which is the Super Bowl of competitive retrieving. The event begins Saturday at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources' West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area near Paducah and continues through Nov. 17, when the national champion will be crowned.
Deer hunting closed in Arkansas areas due to high water
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has closed deer season on some wildlife management areas and private land in eastern Arkansas because of high water.
The commission says high water on the White and Cache rivers led to the closing of the seasons because the low-lying areas can quickly become inundated, forcing deer into smaller areas with less cover.
Detroit Zoo-bred endangered frogs released into the wild
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — About two dozen endangered frogs raised at the Detroit Zoo have been released into the wild.
The Detroit Zoological Society says 25 dusky gopher frogs were moved this month to the Ward Bayou Wildlife Management Area in southern Mississippi.
Powderhorn Ranch along Texas coast now state wildlife area
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — About 15,000 acres (6070.417 hectares) of a private ranch along the Texas coast has become a state wildlife management area in a $50 million conservation project.
State eyes Montana ranch for new wildlife management area
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved pursing the purchase of nearly 5,000 acres of the Big Belt Mountains southeast of Helena for the state's newest wildlife management area.
Under state ownership, the area north of Townsend would be managed for elk and deer winter range and open up new public hunting opportunities.
Florida panther kitten struck and killed by vehicle
CLEWISTON, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther kitten has been struck and killed by a vehicle, a week after two other kittens were found dead in the same area.
It's the 23rd fatal collision this year, out of 25 total panther deaths.
Officials: Hunter shot grizzlies in Montana in self-defense
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials say a hunter along Montana's Rocky Mountain Front shot and killed a female grizzly bear and wounded a cub that was later euthanized.
Grizzlies are protected in the Lower 48 states as a threatened species. Investigators determined the hunter acted in self-defense, meaning he won't face charges.
Elephant tramples German tourist to death in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean authorities say an elephant has trampled a German tourist while she was trying to take photos of it.
Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo says the woman died of her injuries hours after the trampling on Wednesday in Mana Pools National Park.
Farawo says the 49-year-old was in a group of tourists who encountered a herd of elephants upon entering the park.
Zinke seeks more state wildlife management on federal lands
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Interior Department land managers have been ordered to review hunting and fishing regulations on department lands to determine how they conflict with state regulations.
In a memo Monday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke ordered the review with an eye toward deferring to state management unless it conflicts with federal law.
Man dies in hunting accident in southwestern Minnesota
WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A Worthington man has died in a hunting accident in southwestern Minnesota.
The Nobles County Sheriff's Office was called to the Eagle Lake Wildlife Management Area around 6:45 a.m. Saturday.
When first responders arrived they found 39-year-old Jeffrey Dean Nickel was dead.
Chief Logan State Park offering elk tours
LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — Chief Logan State Park is hosting 20 guided tours to the area where more than 90 elk roam freely in West Virginia.
The elk are at the nearby Tomlin Wildlife Management Area and were imported from Kentucky and Arizona. They're part of a Division of Natural Resources effort to restore the species to the state.
Vermont expands wildlife management area
MOUNT TABOR, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is adding 54 acres to the Otter Creek Wildlife Management Area, expanding it to a total of nearly 1,200 acres.
The Vermont Land Trust bought the forested land in Mount Tabor at auction and transferred it to the department when federal funds became available.
The conserved land includes deer wintering habit, wetlands and streams. The land also contains a healthy population of deer, bears, otters, beaver, mink, raccoons and muskrats.
Alabama gets 15th community archery park
WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is getting what state wildlife officials say is its 15th community archery park.
An archery facility located in the Elmore County city of Wetumpka has its grand opening on Tuesday in the municipal sports complex.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says it will be open year-round for recreational archery, tournaments and educational programs.
Habitat projects planned at 2 Nebraska state parks
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The water levels will be lowered at two Nebraska state parks as part of projects to improve the areas.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says Memphis Lake in Saunders County and the wetlands at at Kiowa Wildlife Management Area south of Morrill, Nebraska, will both be lowered.
Around Memphis Lake, the wetlands will be restored to provide better habitat for wildlife.
Agency plans new Discover Outdoor Connecticut Day
NORTH FRANKLIN, Conn. (AP) — The state's environmental protection agency is unveiling a new event to highlight Connecticut's fish and wildlife resources.
Discover Outdoor Connecticut Day will be held on Sept. 22 at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's Franklin Swamp Wildlife Management Area in North Franklin.
New York state expands popular grassland bird area
FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — New York is buying 180 acres to expand a wildlife area that's a popular destination for birders looking for snowy owls and other rare birds of prey.
The Department of Environmental Conservation is adding the land to the existing 286-acre Washington County Grasslands Wildlife Management Area in Fort Edward. The state-owned area is within a 2,000-acre grassland recognized by the National Audubon Society as critical bird habitat.
VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Nearly 18,000 acres (7,000 hectares) in Mississippi's Delta region have been acquired by the state in the largest piece of land it has bought in 40 years.
The Clarion Ledger reported Saturday the sale of the Steele Bayou Wildlife Management Area in Issaquena and Warren counties was announced last week. It's expected to open in 2019.
ADDISON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is hosting a free event in Addison focused on art in nature.
The event takes place Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Dead Creek Visitor Center.
The event includes a short talk, refreshments and a walk in the wildlife management area to explore nature through art creation.
SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — An environmental group counting loons on Adirondack lakes and ponds is looking for volunteers to help.
The Wildlife Conservation Society's 18th Annual Adirondack Loon Census will take place on Saturday morning. The census provides information on the breeding loon population in Adirondack Park that is used to help guide wildlife management decisions.
BELLVUE, Neb. (AP) — Those who want to hunt deer at Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area east of Bellevue this coming fall must seek access permits now.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will be issuing 200 permits through July 30. To be eligible to apply, hunters must have a statewide archery, muzzleloader, youth or antlerless only Season Choice Wahoo deer permit.