New Mountain Lion Study Shows Increased Ungulate Impact

While wolves take most of the press these days, it seems that the other big North American predator may have been overlooked in its effectiveness at taking game. Cougar populations in the U.S. are increasing but what is not as well understood is how many ungulates (deer, elk, moose) they consume in a given time frame. A new study in the Journal of Wildlife Management suggests that mountain lions may be taking far more game then previously thought.

The has a good write up about the study and its impacts.

Feds Pledge to Delist Eastern Wolves in 2011

It appears the Great Lakes area may see wolves removed from the endangered species list in 2011. Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Upper Peninsula of Michigan have nearly 4000 wolves and Minnesota has recently been pushing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take action to reduce the wolf population.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, 2011 may see wolves delisted in the Great Lakes region.

NJ Bear Hunt Winding Down and Protesters Winding Up

While a successful New Jersey bear hunt comes to a close Saturday evening, it appears that there will be more protesters and litigation ahead. According to with just two days left in the season the state is allowing 30 protesters at one checking station on Friday and up to 160 protesters at the same station on Saturday.

USGS Uses Thermal Imaging to Study Wolf Mange

We've written about sarcoptic mange before when we posted about chupacabras probably just being mangy coyotes. Apparently sarcoptic mange isn't just a problem for coyotes, it affects wolves as well. The USGS has set up what appear to be high-tech thermal imaging game cams. By using the thermal imaging they can detect the amount of heat lost due to the loss of fur on the wolves' coat. The full USGS article can be viewed here.

Girls Getting More Involved in Hunting

NPR has a story posted on its website about Magan Hebert a 15 year old Mississippi teenager who has been involved with hunting since she was 10. For most BGH readers, who have daughters that hunt, Magan's story is typical. What's surprising is the growth in the number of girls participating in hunting and the reaction to the NPR story. increasing number of girls now hunt. According to the latest data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, there are some 300,000 female hunters under the age of 16. From 1991 to 2006, the number of girls who hunt in this country nearly doubled.

Utah Elk Hunting Overview

The state of Utah is quite famous for its trophy elk hunting.  However, you need to know how to navigate the regulations in order to take full advantage of what Utah has to offer.  One nice thing about Utah is that you do not have to pay the full tag fee up front, but you are required to buy a nonrefundable hunting license at $65.  Consider it an application fee.   And the license fees for the hot units are pretty outrageous: $1,500 for the premium limited entry units (and they want $500 from residents), $795 for the so-called limited entry units, but just $388 for the basic maximum sustained yield units.

With that expensive hunting license fee, and some other screwy application rules, Utah’s draw odds aren’t unreasonable.  Utah allows you to apply for deer, elk, antelope, moose, mountain goat and bighorn sheep, but you can only draw one of the above.  Since deer is the first species through the application system, if you draw, you’re done, no more tags (with one notable exception). 

Honor Student Faces Expulsion Over Hunting Rifle

A Columbia Falls Montana high school student faces expulsion after accidentally leaving a locked, unloaded hunting rifle in the trunk of her vehicle in the school parking lot. has a short video and story up about Demarie DeReu.

Bullet Ricochets Off Moose and Kills Man

Some strange news coming out of Sweden, according to The Telegraph, a man was killed by a bullet that ricocheted off a moose. The Telegraph article says "elk," but presumably the actual game animal was a moose. North Europeans tend to call a moose an elk and the picture on the Telegraph is of a red stag; confused yet? Founder Charged With Felony Poaching

Back in October Tony Mayer the owner of, an anti-wolf website, was charged with felony poaching. However the initial felony charged was dismissed because the judge ruled the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IFG) had not properly measured the rack of the bull elk that was allegedly poached. However after the required drying period the IFG measured again and came out with a score of 303 which in Idaho is classified as a trophy.

Arizona Game and Fish Commission Backs Wolf Delisting

Arizona appears to be joining other western states wishing to manage their own local wolf populations. According to the Arizona Daily Star, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission voted to support a bill pushed by a group of congressional Republicans that would delist the Mexican wolf as an endangered species, along with all other gray wolves living in the Northern Rockies and elsewhere in this country.

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