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More to the Missouri Mountain Lion Story

It appears that a hunter actually killed the Missouri mountain lion we mentioned last week. According to The Examiner, a raccoon hunter following his dogs unintentionally treed the cougar.

Big Year Planned for Mexican Gray Wolf

It looks like the Mexican gray wolf will get renewed focus in 2011 in the decades long effort to boost the population in southwestern states. According to the Las Cruces Sun News, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services is targeting new efforts to improve the wolves population.

South Dakota Completes Nugent Investigation

Last November we posted an entry that Ted Nugent may have run afoul of South Dakota game law during a pheasant hunt. At the time, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP) would neither confirm nor deny whether Mr. Nugent was under investigation.

It looks like there was an investigation by the GFP, but they are not talking about the outcome. The Rapid City Journal has a brief story posted about the case.

Georgia Addresses Whitetail Deer Decline

Georgia's deer population count has steadily declined over the last years under a management plan put in place by the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division in 2005. Now hunters are starting to suggest that the plan may have gone too far. The Augusta Chronicle has a write up about the state of Georgia's deer herd and the changes that may be coming.

SCI Record Idaho Bull Gets Attention

This past year an Idaho hunter took an impressive bull that reportedly scores out at 526" typical and 546" non-typical SCI. The sticking point is that it was taken on a high fence operation called the Broadmouth Canyon Ranch and as such is not eligible for B&C or P&Y (the method of take is unknown).

The Boise Weekly has a write up on the bull and not many details on the hunt. There are more pictures of the bull available here as well.

Elk Hunting Returns to Ontario

Ten years after a successful elk reintroduction to Ontario, the province will see its first elk hunt in a century in 2011. The short season is slated to run from the third Monday in September to the following Sunday, which is September 19 to 25 in WMU 57, 58, 60, 61, 62 and 63A. OFAH.org has a more detailed write up on the planned hunt.

"Romeo" Poachers Sentenced

Jeffery Peacock was sentenced this week for the poaching of Romeo the wolf and related crimes. Perhaps Alaska's most famous wolf, Romeo, was unusually outgoing and appeared at Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau Alaska for the last six years. Romeo attracted international attention and was a visible icon to locals and the media at large. According to the Juneau Empire, Mr. Peacock received a sentence of six months, all suspended; a $5,000 fine with $3,000 suspended; and three years probation and the shooter, Park Meyers, received 330 days (all suspended), $12,500 in fines ($7,500 suspended), restitution of $1,100, forfeiture of three rifles and suspension of hunting privileges during his probation.

Oregon DFW Avoids Black Bear Lawsuit

Last week we posted about the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife possibly being sued over its black bear management plan. It appears to DFW may have side stepped the entire lawsuit by revising the requirement to update the plan on a five year basis.

According to the Mail Tribune, the revision should eliminate the lawsuit and allow biologists to focus on developing a new black bear management plan.

Mountain Lion Killed in Missouri

First Kansas, now Missouri, the big cats are moving east. The Missourian has a news story up about a mountain lion that was killed by a rancher near his cattle.

Colorado Moves Closer to New Bear Hunting Regulations

As we posted earlier, it appears that Colorado wildlife commissioners will be passing new rules in March that bans the shooting of a denned bear.

The Denver Post has a write up about the potential new regulations.

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