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Escaped Elk Not Allowed to Return Home to Pennsylvania

Recently we reported on a bull elk that has taken up residence in Marshall County, West Virginia, where he has become quite famous. He even has his own Facebook page dedicated to saving his life in Pleasant Valley. Residents of Pleasant Valley want to make sure that the West Virginia DNR doesn't kill the elk, however by law West Virginia is required to destroy him.

Coyote Night Hunting Considered in North Carolina

The North Carolina Wildlife Commission has a new proposal for the public to weigh in on. Residential areas have had pets killed or injured by coyotes in recent months, so the commission has proposed to allow coyote hunting on Sunday nights, with bows and arrows on private land.

In the next couple of weeks public meetings will be held on how best to deal with the pressing coyote problems. This proposal may or may not come to pass, but it will put the spotlight on managing coyotes.

$300,000 for Bighorn Sheep Tag

The chance to hunt a bighorn sheep in any hunting unit in Montana this fall, was worth $300,000 to a New York man. This isn't even the highest the tag has been auctioned off for, in 1994 it went for $310,000.

The Wild Sheep Foundation held their convention in Reno, Nevada in January. The tag was auctioned at that time, and James Hens was the highest bidder.

Fenced Hunting - First Bill Killed in Indiana

Indiana Rep. Matt Ubelhor, R-Linton, brought to the table House Bill 1265. The bill was designed to allow fenced hunting for deer, and provide hunters willing to pay thousands of dollars deer that have been bred for larger antlers. Ubelhor supported it saying the economic impact would be greater than any cons the bill would bring.

Supplemental Feeding Starts Near Jackson

The National Elk Refuge located near Jackson, Wyoming is currently the winter home to over 6,000 elk and around 600 bison. The animals migrated later this season because of the late spring run off, and they were able to forage for food longer.

Nebraska Eyes Mountain Lion Season

Thursday at Nebraska's legislative hearing on mountain lions, comments were heard for two opposing sides. State Sen. LeRoy Louden is for Bill 928, which would give Nebraska Game and Parks Commission the ability to have a limited mountain lion season. Louden has seen them around his ranch, and says there is a zero tolerance for them. On the other hand, there are residents who do not see how anyone could even consider killing a mountain lion. They argue that the mountain lions are just now returning into the area, and need time to get established before allowing a hunting season.

Lead Shot Becomes Power Issue in Iowa

Last year the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Commission voted to start a season for doves, and with that vote they also banned lead shot for taking the doves. The Iowa lawmakers were okay with the dove season, but they claimed that the commission overstepped its power by banning the lead.

Canada Lynx Back in Idaho?

A Canada Lynx was found in a legal trap for bobcats in Salmon-Challis National Forest, Idaho. A man walking his dog came upon the trapped lynx. He called the Idaho wildlife officials, who were able to release the lynx unharmed.

Wildlife officials took DNA samples to run some tests on the animal. Tests will help determine whether it is a wild lynx, and possibly where the animal lives or where it came from. It could be one moving through the area or a resident of the forest.

Wisconsin Condsiders Sandhill Season

State Rep. Joel Kleefisch, an Oconomowoc Republican presented a bill on Tuesday that would enable the DNR to start a sandhill crane season. Kleefisch is an avid duck hunter, and has noticed that while out hunting for other waterfowl there are always sandhill cranes to be spotted. The possible bill did not receive much attention beforehand, it was put in "quietly."

Kentucky Conservation Officers Ready to Help in All Matters

Sergeant Denny Broyles has worked for the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources for 15 years. Thursday he was at the end of his already 14 hour work day, and ready for some down time. A call came in about a barge accident on Kentucky Lake. A 312-foot Delta Mariner carrying aviation parts was heading down towards the Kentucky Dam, thought it had enough space to clear the Eggner Ferry Bridge, it did not, then caused the bridge to collapse. That is what Broyles heard and he headed over, calling other conservation officers to come with boats and rescue equipment.

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