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Out-of-State Enviro Group Sues Over Washington Wolf Management

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An environmental group based in Arizona filed a lawsuit against the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in an effort to seek access to some public records on wolf deaths in the state. Specifically, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) wants records about the state-sponsored killing of wolves in two packs over the last two years. CBD has a track record of seeking to frustrate wildlife management via litigation. It recently joined other environmental groups …

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Testing Confirms CWD’s Arrival in Montana

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A second test on a tissue sample from a buck harvested in hunting district 510, south of Billings, has come back positive for chronic wasting disease. This buck was harvested Oct. 22 about 10 miles southeast of Bridger. Initial testing received by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) last week showed the animal was suspect for CWD. A second sample from the buck was sent to Colorado State University for follow up testing. “These were …

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Second Montana Deer Found Suspect for CWD

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A second mule deer buck from Montana’s hunting district 510 was found to be suspect for chronic wasting disease. This buck was harvested about 3 miles south of Belfry. A second sample from the buck is being tested by the lab at Colorado State University, with results expected next week. This is the second mule deer to be found suspect for CWD within the last week. On November 7, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) …

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Landowner Uses Tractor to Remove Trespasser

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Below is a Facebook post by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police: Respect private property, but if you feel someone isn’t, don’t take matters into your own hands – a license plate gets us what we need most of the time. Officer Flowers and Officer Prater responded to a phone call Saturday evening that his neighbor had an active poacher on his property. The first thing that Officer Flowers observed when he arrived …

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Avid Elk Hunter, Baseball Manager Nearly Died while Hunting

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When Ned Yost is not in the dugout managing the Kansas City Royals, he loves to chase elk and deer. But a recent deer hunting outing on his property in Georgia nearly cost him his life. “I got up into the treestand and reached around to hook into the tree and right as soon as I grabbed my strap to reach up to hook into the tree, it was like a hangman’s gallows. The stand …

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Hunting Apprentice Program a Success in Montana

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Since Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) began its Apprentice Hunter program in 2015, more than 11,000 resident and nonresident youths applied to hunt as apprentices. Kids used to have to wait until they were 12 and then complete a hunter education program before hunting in Montana. Now people ages 10 and older can apply for apprenticeship and hunt with a mentor for two seasons without completing hunter education. At first, the program was met …

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Hunters Can Help Solve Crimes

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Law enforcement and groups seeking to find missing persons say hunters can help their cause. Missing Missouri, a non-profit organization that offers support for the loved ones of missing people, cited Missouri Highway Patrol statistics showing there are currently 614 adults and 374 children missing in Missouri. “Hunters and all outdoors enthusiasts cover more ground than the families and authorities can do when searching. You are the eyes that help bring families the missing resolution. …

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Remote New Mexico Wilderness Opens for Hunting

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For the first time ever, the rugged Sabinoso Wilderness in northeast New Mexico is now open to the general public, including hunters.  It was previously land-locked by surrounding private land and inaccessible because of a lack of access. “Excited to announce tonight that for the first time ever hunters can access the Sabinoso Wilderness Area,” tweeted Ryan Zinke, Department of Interior secretary. A donation in the form of what was previously known as the Rimrock …

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Wolf Shot, Killed in the Act of Attacking Livestock

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In late October, a rancher in northeast Washington shot and killed a wolf in the act of attacking livestock and then reported the incident to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). WDFW Enforcement investigated and found the actions to be warranted. In areas of Washington where wolves are not listed under the federal Endangered Species Act, the law states the owner of domestic animals (or an immediate family member, agent, or employee) may …

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Search on for Colorado Elk Poachers

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Wardens in central Colorado are seeking information regarding the poaching of two bull elk near Cottonwood Pass. Colorado Parks and Wildlife says a hunter found two fully intact elk carcasses about 50 yards off County Road 306. If you have any information, call 719-539-8413 or 719-530-5520. Violators may face up to a year in jail, steep fines and a lifetime loss of hunting and fishing privileges. (Photo source: Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

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Montana Acts to Counter Suspected CWD

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Fresh off examining a suspected case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), the first within its state borders, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is taking action to combat its spread. “We are in the process right now of drawing what we would call an ‘initial response area’,” John Vore, FWP game management bureau chief, told Montana Public Radio. “That’s roughly a 10-mile radius around where this animal came from. Within that area then, we would …

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Hunting, Fishing Expanded at 10 National Wildlife Refuges

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced it is opening or expanding hunting and fishing across 132,000 acres on ten national wildlife refuges. That includes opening hunting on more than 60,000 acres of Refuge System lands not previously available. “The nation’s sportsmen and women lead the conservation of wildlife and their habitats throughout our nation. They are passionate about the outdoors and are committed to sustainably managing these resources for all Americans to enjoy. …