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Trail Cams are Quite Handy in Catching a Thief

A Michigan man had five trails cams set up on property he owns in the Sullivan Township. He was checking on them, and noticed three had been moved, one had been taken completely, and one was in it's original place. The man reviewed the images on his trail cam, and with this information was able to go to the police with an image.

His trail cam had images of a young man in the middle of the day, with what looks like the missing trail cam in his hands running through a field. (Police blocked out the boy’s face to spare his identity.)

Alaska Moose Receive More Assistance

With the heavy snowfall in Alaska, moose have headed towards roads and railways to find food. In their foraging efforts they have become quite hazardous to the drivers in Alaska. The non-profit group Alaska Moose Federation has already helped a lot this year, they have taken over clean-up and removal of moose struck by vehicles, they have started feeding in efforts to entice the moose away from the roads. Now they will be literally picking up and relocating the moose. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued a permit for the AMF to move the moose 10 miles from the roads. The permit requires the moose to be collared, ear tagged, and moved at least 5 miles from major roads and railways.

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.

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