Wildlife management
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two conservation groups have filed a lawsuit against the state of Montana and its wildlife management agency alleging it illegally set hunting and trapping policies and quotas intended to reduce the gray wolf population by making it easier to kill the predators.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Climate change could make it more challenging to conserve and manage the state’s most at-risk fish, wildlife and plants, Idaho officials said.
GERING, Neb. (AP) — A wildfire that has forced evacuations and destroyed some homes in the Nebraska Panhandle grew to about 25 square miles (65 square kilometers) Monday, but firefighters were managing to limit the spread of the fire.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Three endangered Florida panthers have died after being struck by vehicles over the past week.
MOORE HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle.

It’s the 12th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 12 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
RICHLAND, Ore. (AP) — A wolf was killed in northeast Oregon and the state is seeking the public’s help to find the person or people involved, officials said.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An addition to the Old Trace Creek Wildlife Management Area in eastern Kentucky has more than doubled its size, officials said.
LABELLE, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle.

It’s the ninth panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of nine total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill that would allow hunting on Sundays in wildlife management areas run by the state of South Carolina is getting a hearing on Tuesday.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Around 150 people made up of various law enforcement agencies, experts and others are scouring land in southeastern Nebraska in search of a woman who’s been missing for more than nine months.
MADISONVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A new wildlife management area will open next month in western Kentucky.

The Harris-Dickerson Wildlife Management Area in Hopkins County will open April 1 and provide opportunities for hunting, fishing and watching wildlife, a statement from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources said.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two men died when their helicopter crashed in rough terrain near Lake Okeechobee, officials said Saturday.
CRAWFORD, Miss. (AP) — Residents are weighing in on an attempt to return a public wildlife management area in eastern Mississippi to private ownership.
ESSEX, Vt. (AP) — Public hearings will be held this month on the status of the migratory game bird populations and this year’s proposed hunting seasons for them in areas of Vermont and New York, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department said.
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A moose on the loose in a Massachusetts city was tranquilized Tuesday and moved to a more appropriate setting, state wildlife officials said.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is proposing a fall moose hunt in the northeastern part of the state to reduce the effects of winter ticks on the animal’s population.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott on Monday appointed former Vermont Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Wayne Laroche to serve in the Vermont House of Representatives.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s spring snow goose hunting season starts next month.

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WALLINGFORD, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is seeking to buy and conserve nearly 350 acres of land in Wallingford that would be added to the existing Otter Creek Wildlife Management Area.
JEFFERSON, Iowa (AP) — One of two teenagers badly burned in a New Year’s Day cabin fire in west-central Iowa has died of his injuries, officials said.
CLAIRFIELD, Tenn. (AP) — Wildlife officials are offering a $4,000 reward for information about the poaching of an elk that was shot to death in northeast Tennessee.
MILTON, Vt. (AP) — A sandplain restoration project is going to begin at the Sandbar Wildlife Management Area in Milton with a timber harvest, according to the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A member of Mississippi’s wildlife, fisheries and parks commission says the commission may step back from a proposal to reduce the area for duck hunting at a popular wildlife management site.
MARION COUNTY, Iowa (AP) — A 37-year-old Iowa man was killed while deer hunting this weekend.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Nathan Allen Sharpnack of Winterset was shot Saturday afternoon while hunting with a large group of people in the Red Rock Wildlife Management Area north of Knoxville, Iowa.
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — A fire that has burned about 2,560 acres in northwest Nebraska was about 40% contained, officials said Tuesday.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Commissioners in North Dakota’s largest city will be asked Monday to consider ending a wildlife management program that allows bow hunters to kill deer within city limits.
ELY, Nev. (AP) — A 65-year-old Las Vegas man died after falling off his kayak during a fishing trip at the Kirch Wildlife Management Area in northeast Nye County about 75 miles (120 kilometers) south of Ely, the Nevada Department of Wildlife said Thursday.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Army training will shut down hunting next weekend at a state wildlife management area, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said.
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia firearms deer hunting season opened Saturday, and state wildlife officials are optimistic.