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Wolf Reintroduction Considered for Elk Control in Colorado

Baca National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado is home to a growing population of elk. The elk are one of the largest mammals in the park, their population continues to grow, and the ecosystem is hurt by their large numbers. Elk are known to stay in one area, then over-use that area until it becomes useless to other animals.

Federal officials are working on a better way to manage the elk herds. One of four ideas that was presented is introducing wolves.

Octogenarian Smacks Attacking Moose Away with Shovel

Dorthea Taylor and George Murphy were at the airport in Willow, Alaska. George is a well-known bush pilot in the area, and had gone to get the couple's dogs. Dorthea was waiting in the truck. George looked up and saw a moose, the moose had George in its sights and was charging at him. George knew he had to get to that truck, otherwise he was in big trouble.

Virginia Sunday Hunting on Private Land Bill Passes Senate

After getting State Senate approval on Bill 464, it will have to pass Virginia's House of Delegates before the new legislation becomes law. Bill 464 would open up Sunday for hunters on private land, landowners could hunt on their own land, hunters could hunt on private land as long as they had the written consent of the landowner.

Increased Hog Hunting, Equals Increased Noise Complaints in Georgia

A single feral sow can have up to 3 litters per year, producing up to 30 piglets, the following year those 30 are ready to have litters of their own. Feral hogs are a growing problem, having over populated, they ruin yards, farms, and more. This is a problem facing Georgia currently. Night hunting is now allowed with permits as well as year round hunting. An increase in noise complaints to the sheriff's office especially in Ochlocknee, has come with these changes.

California's Wolf OR7, Federally Protected

At the end of December Wolf OR7 crossed the border into California, and has been monitored since then. Wolf OR7 is a 2 1/2 year old male who originated from a pack in Oregon and headed south on his own.

Since OR7 has made it into California other reports of wolf sightings have increased, but OR7 is the only documented wolf in California since 1924.

Lewis and Clark Caverns Area of Montana, Not Getting Bighorn Sheep

In 2010 Montana adopted a Bighorn Sheep Conservation Strategy. The plan was to transplant bighorn sheep herds, hoping to increase the economy that comes with hunting and animal viewing. The sheep conservation was set to create five sustainable herds throughout the state, and also to help existing herds grow. After research Montana FWP biologists created a list that they brought to commissioners in the Spring of 2011 for some areas that would be most suitable for bighorn sheep herds.

California Tries Raffle for Wildlife Fundraising

Last year the California Department of Fish and Game offered two random drawings for a deer license, and an elk license. Offering licenses by raffle brought in over $130,000 for the Department and for conservation. This year they are raffling four random drawing chances to win a big game license. This year along with the deer and elk, there is a desert bighorn sheep and pronghorn antelope tag.

Any interested hunter can purchase the raffle tickets from the DFG, or online for $5.66, no limits.

Louisiana Black Bear Rescued, Released, Shot in Mississippi

Kris, was picked up going through a garbage can. He was a scrawny Louisiana black bear, a smaller subspecies of the black bear. Due to his size he was taken to a Tennessee rescue center, around Christmas time, which resulted in being named Kris. The only other bear there was a cub, that had been brought in from Virginia as an orphan and called R.A.

Kansas Secretary of State Tries to Pass Bill for Governor to Distribute Licenses

Kansas' Secretary of State Kris Kobach is trying to pass a bill that would enable the governor to distribute 12 big-game licenses. These licenses currently go to each commissioner for the Department of Wildlife, where in turn the commissioner usually gives it to a conservation group to auction off. The licenses are special licenses allowing the hunter to hunt either sex deer, whitetail or mule, statewide and in any season.

British Columbia Pet Owner Wants Deer Cull to Continue

Buster is a 10 year old chocolate Labrador. Reg Parsons is his owner, and was amazed at the injuries Buster came home with at the beginning of January. Buster walked in with puncture wounds that have amounted to over $700 in veterinary bills. Parsons believes Buster's injuries are from a whitetail deer attacking the dog. There is an urban herd that lives nearby, and close to a middle school.

Buster's vet said the injuries did not look like ones from another dog, but more similar to two other dogs' injuries he had seen after being attacked by whitetails.

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