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USGS Uses Thermal Imaging to Study Wolf Mange

We've written about sarcoptic mange before when we posted about chupacabras probably just being mangy coyotes. Apparently sarcoptic mange isn't just a problem for coyotes, it affects wolves as well. The USGS has set up what appear to be high-tech thermal imaging game cams. By using the thermal imaging they can detect the amount of heat lost due to the loss of fur on the wolves' coat. The full USGS article can be viewed here.

Girls Getting More Involved in Hunting

NPR has a story posted on its website about Magan Hebert a 15 year old Mississippi teenager who has been involved with hunting since she was 10. For most BGH readers, who have daughters that hunt, Magan's story is typical. What's surprising is the growth in the number of girls participating in hunting and the reaction to the NPR story.

...an increasing number of girls now hunt. According to the latest data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, there are some 300,000 female hunters under the age of 16. From 1991 to 2006, the number of girls who hunt in this country nearly doubled.

Honor Student Faces Expulsion Over Hunting Rifle

A Columbia Falls Montana high school student faces expulsion after accidentally leaving a locked, unloaded hunting rifle in the trunk of her vehicle in the school parking lot. KPAX.com has a short video and story up about Demarie DeReu.

Bullet Ricochets Off Moose and Kills Man

Some strange news coming out of Sweden, according to The Telegraph, a man was killed by a bullet that ricocheted off a moose. The Telegraph article says "elk," but presumably the actual game animal was a moose. North Europeans tend to call a moose an elk and the picture on the Telegraph is of a red stag; confused yet?

SaveElk.com Founder Charged With Felony Poaching

Back in October Tony Mayer the owner of SaveElk.com, an anti-wolf website, was charged with felony poaching. However the initial felony charged was dismissed because the judge ruled the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IFG) had not properly measured the rack of the bull elk that was allegedly poached. However after the required drying period the IFG measured again and came out with a score of 303 which in Idaho is classified as a trophy.

Arizona Game and Fish Commission Backs Wolf Delisting

Arizona appears to be joining other western states wishing to manage their own local wolf populations. According to the Arizona Daily Star, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission voted to support a bill pushed by a group of congressional Republicans that would delist the Mexican wolf as an endangered species, along with all other gray wolves living in the Northern Rockies and elsewhere in this country.

Roaming Bull Bagged in Wyoming

Its no secret that elk migrate from winter range to summer range in most areas where they reside in North America. However the extent to which juvenile elk will expand into new range isn't as clearly understood. In 2005 Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologists tagged a variety of Fossil Butte National Monument elk as part of migration study.

According to the Billings Gazette one of these bulls was taken this fall almost 200 miles from where it was originally tagged.

Going High-Tech in War Against Rhino Poachers

CNN.com has an interesting article and video up about a new GPS tracking system that conservation officials are using in South Africa to stop rhino poaching.

Hunter Killed in Treestand Scuffle

Kevin McCormick has been charged with assault and hunter harassment after he upended the treestand being used by hunter Jerry Benedict. Benedict fell 16 feet and later died from injuries sustained during the fall.

According to The Bemidji Pioneer, the suspect harassed the hunter and claimed Benedict was trespassing.

Deer Attacks Family Dog

In yet another reminder that deer are not as docile as they seem, a family dog was attacked in Bend Oregon. According to KTVZ.com Tiffany Rounds' dog, Daisy, was attacked in her backyard by two does and a buck inflicting serious injury on Daisy.

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