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South Dakota's Mountain Lion Season Over, Quota Filled

This year the mountain lion season in South Dakota started on January 1st. It was set to go until March 31st, or until 50 females had been taken or 70 total mountain lions had been taken. It was the latter that closed the season. 70 mountain lions were harvested in the 2 months since the season opened.

Wildlife commissioners increased the quota on mountain lions this year. It is believed that they are the primary predator of the Black Hills deer and elk. In efforts to increase the deer and elk population, they voted to increase the quota on the mountain lions.

Missouri Mountain Lions: Invasive Species or Wildlife?

Right now legislators in Missouri are discussing whether the large predators should be considered wildlife or as an invasive species. Then there's the fact that the mountain lions were there before settlers, so who really is the invasive species?

It is illegal to kill mountain lions in Missouri, but the senate would like to change that. Since 1994 there have been 28 sightings, and half of those happened in the last year. The animals are considered too dangerous to not make some efforts in controlling the population.

Undercover Agent Helps Hunt Down Poachers

Some poaching cases are simple and can be handled with some tips, and some investigation. Others are not that clear cut, and that is when people like Lucinda Delaney Schroeder come in. She is now retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service, where she was a special agent. She has become an author, using tales from her real life experiences. Schroeder has moved to Montrose, Colorado with her husband who is a wildlife biologist, after visiting Colorado during some of her work, she fell in love with the state.

Tourists Get a Little Too Close

A group of tourists had signed up for a daytrip to Katmai National Park in Alaska, in August 2010. The touring company was Bald Mountain Air Service, which promises brown bear sightings from a safe distance. The group of 10 photographers got a bit more than that safe distance for viewing. A brown bear, thought to have been attracted by a scent from one of the members of the group, charged at the group. The guide told them to stay still. If a bear is given a chance to do the right thing, in most cases it will. All the people did indeed stay still, even if their instincts told them to do otherwise. The 8 foot grizzly bear sniffed, lost interest and left. With that the sightseers took a deep breath, some probably in a bit of shock but thankful that the group was leaving uninjured. The video wasn't posted on YouTube until February 2011, and has been receiving hits ever since. Enjoy.

Wolf Sighting Creates Unrest in Kalispell

A lone wolf was seen around Kalispell Middle School on Sunday. A nearby resident caught some footage of the wolf that was in town, and several people reported seeing it. The FWP would like residents to remain calm. It is an uncommon event when a wolf comes into town especially in the middle of the day. It did happen, but is very unlikely to occur again. Kalispell has also had grizzly bears, mountain lions and black bears come to visit before. This is also part of living in Montana.

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.

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