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Unfortunate Double Bang

Larry Godwin lives on a farm in a rural Dallas County Iowa. He had caught a raccoon in a live trap that he had set on his farm. Godwin aimed his .22 at the raccoon and shot. The bullet ricocheted off the trap and struck Godwin in the upper right thigh, lower abdomen area. Godwin dropped the .22 which then fired again, hitting him in the same area.

West Virginia Overhauls Deer Season

In 1979, West Virginia DNR made their first deer management plan, since then a lot has changed. There is less cropland, and more forest area. Some would think the forest is a good habitat for the deer, but it is not. Deer do better with a diverse habitat. Logging companies are not clearing out areas for fresh vegetation either. With this and the growth of residential areas West Virginia DNR officials have changed the deer population goals, to 20-35 deer per square mile. Currently some areas have up to 60-100 deer per square mile. With these numbers they have proposed some changes to the current deer season.

Minnesota Seeks Aerial and Snowmobile Use in Hunting Coyotes

A Minnesota house representative, Torrey Westrom would like to bring back a bit of the old days. He has heard from some hunters that really liked the old days, 60s and early 70s, when they were able to shoot wolves from helicopters. He has introduced a proposal that would allow the hunting of coyotes from helicopters and from stationary snowmobiles.

I want to bring back something that younger generations have never had the chance to experience,” said Westrom, from Elbow Lake.

New Hampshire Teen Attacked by Coyote

A Hopkinton teen was walking his dog Wednesday, when a coyote approached. The dog ran off, and the coyote attacked the teen boy. The boy tried to fend off the coyote, repeatedly punching the animal in the nose. Eventually the coyote did take off. The boy suffered scratches, and was treated as if the coyote was rabid.

Oilsands Region of Alberta Not a Good Place for Black Bears

Alberta Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officers killed 145 black bears in the oilsands area last year. 121 alone in the month of August. Why? For one there was a terrible berry harvest, so there were a lot of hungry bears looking for food. Then there are the costs of development.

Development comes with a price, there are more companies moving into the territory that has been bear and other wild animal's habitat.

Georgia House Votes to Make DNR's Information Restricted

Under Georgia's current open records law, the DNR had to release paperwork that residents had filled out for hunting, trapping, fishing, and operating boat licenses. Republican Rep. David Knight brought a bill to the table that would allow this information to be restricted. It is designed to protect the resident's information from commercial firms and solicitors, especially the Social Security Numbers, birth dates, pictures, addresses and phone numbers.

Minnesota Moose Population Continues to Decline

After conducting the aerial survey in Minnesota, state biologists have determined that the moose population continues to decline. The survey for 2011 estimated the population to be 4,900, the 2012 survey estimated the population at 4,230. In 2006 the population was estimated at 8,840, it has been a declining situation ever since.

Along with an annual survey, radio collars are being used to conduct the research. They are used to track the animals, and to possibly learn more about the causes of death. In 2002, 150 moose were collared. Out of the 150, 119 have been found dead. Most from unknown causes thought to be diseases or parasites. Ten moose died as a result of highway vehicle accidents. Two were killed by trains. Only 11 deaths were clearly the result of wolf predation.

Road Incident Changes Vote on Crossbow Bill

When Kansas Rep. Anthony Brown first saw the bill to allow crossbow hunting for deer, elk, antelope and wild turkey - he voted no. That was Tuesday morning, by Wednesday he was ready to change his vote. Tuesday evening driving home in his truck he collided with a large doe. The responding officer said this was his second deer related car accident that night. With this new insight Brown went in Wednesday with a yes vote on the crossbow bill.

Preserving Opportunities for Everyone Not Just Privileged

Preserving opportunities for everyone, not just the privileged is the message that Idaho wants for its hunters. This was the mindset that kept a bill from passing that would have allowed landowners to sell hunting permits for their land. It died on the table today with a 17-17 vote.

Conservationists vs. Ranchers

The wolf battle ramps up between conservationists and ranchers in Idaho. A bill's fate is set to be sealed tomorrow, as the two opponents battle it out. The sponsor of the bill is Senator Jeff Siddoway, who is also a rancher. He says that the wolves have cost ranchers thousands of dollars in losses and damage to their animals. The bill would allow hunters to hunt wolves by air, with helicopters, and high powered parachutes. Conservationists say this measure is overkill, and will land the animals back on the federally protected endangered species list.

Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee will vote on the bill on Wednesday. Also part of the bill is to allow baiting for the wolves. Ranchers would get a 60 day permit, during which time they could go after the offending wolf pack.

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