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Drugged Elk is Easy Meal for Mountain Lion

A portion of the study on the elk in Custer State Park, South Dakota, utilizes a helicopter crew. The helicopter crew will go in first and dart some cow elk, then return and pick up the researchers. When the researchers reach the sedated cow elk, they fit them with implants and radio collars to track their movement, and when they calve in the spring the researchers then also radio collar the calves.

This year after tranquilizing one cow elk, the pilot told the researchers they wouldn't believe it but a mountain lion was trying to make lunch out of one of the drugged animals. Actually it was very believable though, as this is exactly what happened last year.

Colorado Guide Expected to Plead Guilty

When hunting, the game animal should not be tortured. That is what was going on in the cases that Marvin Ellis was involved with. Ellis worked for a guide company out of Mack, Colorado and guided hunts in Utah and Colorado.

Ellis as well as other employees of the guide in at least two instances, used a leg snare trap on a mountain lion. Then kept the animal snared until the paying customer, an actual hunter could show up and "hunt" the animal. In one case an animal was shot by a guide, when trying to keep it in the area for a paying customer. These instances happened between December of 2007 through February 2010.

Wyoming Governor Signs Bill to End Wolves' Federal Protection

Governor Matt Mead of Wyoming signed a bill Wednesday which would end federal protection of the wolves in Wyoming. The law will allow trophy hunting of the wolves that are predators. There will be a flexible area around the outside of Yellowstone National Park where trophy hunting can take place starting this fall. For the rest of the state wolves will be classified as predators and can be shot on sight.

Carrying a Gun in Bear Country May Not Protect You

Recent bear attack studies find that using a gun is not effective in protecting a person from injury or death. Research is being conducted by Brigham Young University, led by bear expert Tom S. Smith. Researchers found that the outcome (meaning injury, no injury or fatality) was the same whether a gun was used in an aggressive encounter with a bear, or if the person had a gun and did not use it.

Turkey Season Can't Come Soon Enough

Edna Geisler of Oakland County, Michigan now smiles when she eats turkey. She wants to be able to do that to the turkey that is terrorizing her at her own home. Geisler has dubbed the large 25 lb turkey, Godzilla.

The turkey comes by daily from the woods next door, and being a territorial animal it has come at Geisler a few times. One day she couldn't get in her front door after a grocery trip. Godzilla attacks Geisler's friends as well. One friend opened the door to his mini van and the turkey tried to get right in, biting his arm.

What to do When Your Livelihood is Called an Invasive Species?

Jeff DeBacker of Michigan is not at all happy with the state calling his Russian boars an invasive species, and then mandating that they be removed by April 1st. DeBacker has never had any escaped wild hogs, he has spent a small fortune on the fences around his ranch. One to keep other animals out, but also to keep his animals in.

It is the escaped and wild hogs that have created the mess Michigan is trying to get rid of with this order. Wild hogs are destructive and can do a lot of damage, and this new ruling that calls for all wild hogs to be removed by April 1st, should not affect DeBacker's long term business that has been his livelihood for the past 10 years, but that is exactly what it is doing.

Bears Need Exfoliation Too

For the first time, a brown bear in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska has been documented using a tool to get clean. The large brown bear was in the river, using a barnacle covered rock to rub against his face. It is unsure what exactly it was for, an itch, removing food... But it does show us that bears are smart animals.

University of Cumbria's Dr Volker Deecke was the one to observe the bear using the primitive tool.

To Save Moose - Bears Need to Go

Alaska's Department of Fish and Game introduced a plan that would help the people of Alaska ensure moose meat in their freezer. Many people depend on stocking their freezer with moose to make it. It is an affordable, healthy way to get meat into the home. In Unit 19A, there was a decline in the moose population. "The moose population is very low and local people depend on moose meat," Board chairman Cliff Judkins said. "This program will allow moose numbers to rebound much faster than they can now."

Bears Just Want to Have Fun

Two European brown bears at home at an animal park in Bavaria, Germany treated visitors to quite a spectacle. For over 20 minutes the 5 year old male and female bears frolicked and played like children in the snow. They would slide down the hill, run back up and slide down, with smiles on their faces.

Not only were they enjoying themselves, the visitors were given a laugh for the day watching the bears enjoy themselves so immensely. Photographer Duncan Usher had come to the park for the day to try to capture some live action shots of the wildlife there. Little did he know what a treat he was in for. He said he had a hard time taking photos since he was laughing so hard himself at the bears. After their "sledding" fun the bears played in the snow, then both took off in separate directions when they were all played out.

New Mexico Governor Signs Bill to Increase Ram Permits for Auction

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez signed off on Bill 33, which would increase the desert bighorn ram permits from 2 to 4, for auction. The conservation funds raised are used for the desert bighorn sheep and habitat programs.

Previously one permit has been auctioned for $190,000. By increasing the number of permits to 4 they are hoping for a possible income of $800,000 for the bighorn sheep program. The desert bighorn sheep has made an incredible comeback in the state, with various programs and assistance. They were on the endangered species list for 31 years, before being removed last year. Their population was down to 70 and is now over 700.

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