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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.

Deep Snow Doesn't Bode Well For Alaska's Moose

Alaska is known for its long cold winters, but this winter has brought a lot more snow than usual. With the snow, moose are moving towards roadways and railroad tracks to forage for food. Previously the state had troopers and volunteers work on removing the moose roadkill from the roadway. In one case it took over 9 hours from collision to removal, as a Grandma came with her knife drawer and learned how to butcher right along the roadway. This is not very safe for the people dressing out the moose nor for other motorists.

Minnesota Begins Aerial Moose Survey

Three weeks later than scheduled, Minnesota DNR officials are finally taking to the skies to survey the moose population in northeastern Minnesota. They had to wait for a decent snowfall to make it easier to spot the moose in the area.

A survey has been conducted every year since 1960. The survey is a valuable tool in determining the number of moose tags for the year and herd health.

Elk on the Loose, Days are Numbered

Marshall County, West Virginia has a new resident - a resident with a target on him. When the residents of Marshall County discovered that the DNR was planning on killing the elk, they pulled together in an effort to save the elk. This elk had escaped from a farm in Pennsylvania. The females that had escaped with the bull elk, were tranqulized and transported back to Allepo, Pennsylvania.

'Bringing Nature Out of the Darkness'

"Bringing Nature Out of the Darkness" is the title of the book that Carey McWilliams is working on. McWilliams lost his sight 28 years ago, when he was just 10 years old, however he has never let that stop him in any of his adventures, whether it be writing, or sky diving. His latest adventure, hunting an alligator.

Pets Outgrowing their Cuteness = Troubles for the Everglades

Florida's Everglades National Park has been in the news lately, with images of a large python consuming a whole dee to tangling with alligators. It is believed there is a population of over 100,000 pythons taking over the Everglades. However they are not the only non-native species that is threatening the Everglades, but they receive the most attention. The population is just an estimate, since they have been able to infiltrate every area inside the park.

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