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Greater Yellowstone Grizzly Moving Toward Management Change

With Yellowstone brown bears at peak population counts and heightened conflicts with livestock and humans, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee is reviewing how to change grizzly management. The Missoulian has a write up on what's driving this management review and what to expect for the future.

Another Mountain Lion Turns Up in Missouri

Over the weekend a group of coyote hunters shot and killed a mountain lion in northeastern Missouri. While this cat, along with the one we mentioned last week still need to be checked to verify they are wild, this definitely looks like cats are moving east.

Connect Mid Missouri has a write up on this most recent cougar that weighs in at 130 pounds.

Montana "Wardens" Reality Show Shot Without Proper Permits

The Outdoor Channel has a new reality TV show based around the adventures of Montana game wardens. Unfortunately the show's producers are now under investigation themselves by the U.S. Forest Service for not obtaining the correct permits while filming in the Bitterroot National Forest. The Missoulian has a write up on the case.

The U.S. Forest Service is investigating the filming of a reality television series featuring Montana game wardens because it appears at least one segment was filmed in the Bitterroot National Forest without a permit, Northern Region spokesman Brandan Schulze said.

Minnesota Health Department Nixes Bear Roast

Tiffany's Sports Lounge had planned an unusual feast as a part of Sunday's NFC Championship game pitting the Packers against the Bears. Bar patrons would have been offered a free slice of cooked black bear legally harvested during last fall's hunting season, but the health department thought otherwise. The Pioneer Press has the full story.

Trail Cam Photographs Mountain Lion in Eastern Missouri

A hunter's trail cam, snapped a night time photo of a cougar prowling the eastern Missouri town of Chesterfield earlier this month. This brings the total confirmed mountain lion sightings in Missouri to three since November. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a complete write up on the confirmed sighting.

Minnesota Whitetail May Be State's First Wild CWD Case

Last fall an archer near Pine Island Minnesota took a whitetail deer that exhibited symptoms of chronic wasting disease (CWD) infection. While testing is not complete to confirm the diagnosis, it appears to be all but certain. While CWD is more common in western states, this well could be the first case of CWD found in the wild of Minnesota. The Star Tribune has a write up about CWD and the current case.

Ted Nugent Cleared in South Dakota Investigation

It appears that Uncle Ted will not face wildlife charges in South Dakota related to a pheasant hunt last fall. While there was nothing illegal about the hunt, apparently the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department was concerned about Ted's big game violations in California. The Rapid City Journal has a complete write up.

Heavy Snowfall Cranks Up Colorado Elk Feeding

According to the Craig Daily Press, the heavy snowfall that northwest Colorado has seen thus far this winter is piling up enough to cause elk problems.

The Early Application States

As I mentioned last week, there are a couple of states that force you to think about next year’s hunting plans while it’s still winter.  Alaska, Wyoming, Arizona, Utah and Montana have application deadlines that occur before many Eastern hunters even begin to come out of hibernation.  Here in the west, we tend to know about our own state’s deadlines, but if our state has a May or June application, we run the risk of missing all the earlier opportunities, or feeling like we’re “stuck” with OTC or leftover tags.

Wyoming Studies CWD Impacts on Mule Deer

The University of Wyoming and the Wyoming State Veterinary Lab (WSVL), in conjunction with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) are involved in a multi-year project to quantify the effects of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) on South Converse mule deer herd. While CWD is lethal to mule deer and other ungulates, what is not understood is the wider effects on the general population when CWD concentration increases in a localized area.

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