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Off the wire: Week of Nov. 17

11/21/2008

Fishing party rescues dog a mile from land
On Nov. 8, while guiding Tim Wilson of Raleigh and Shingo Mutoh of Durham, Lamont and his party caught (and later released) a yellow Lab more than a mile from the nearest dry land.
Read complete story from North Carolina's The News & Observer


Dems look to stop endangered species rule changes
With the Bush administration on the verge of relaxing regulations protecting endangered species, Democratic leaders are looking at ways to overturn any last-minute rule changes.
Read complete story from The Associated Press


Deer crashes through window at outlet mall
An unusual latenight "shopper" broke into the guest services office at Georgia's Prime Outlets Calhoun Thursday night.
Read complete story from Georgia's Calhoun Times


Calif. agrees to limit trout stocking
The California Department of Fish and Game will stop adding millions of hatchery-raised trout to many of the state's mountain rivers and lakes, according to a deal announced Thursday.
Read complete story from San Francisco's SFGate.com


USFWS closes duck hunting leases on La. Delta Plantation
U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander and U.S. Sen. David Vitter have issued the following statements regarding the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's enforcement of "baiting" laws where unharvested crops were destroyed by Hurricane Gustav. Vitter and Alexander were recently notified that several Louisiana sportsmen are being denied access to their duck hunting leases by the USFWS after agents declared certain lands leased to duck hunters to be "baited."
Read complete story from Louisiana's Concordia Sentinel


Family of hunter won't stop search
PAULSBORO, N.J. — The family of a missing duck hunter said Wednesday they will not stop searching until the 23-year-old Gibbstown man is found. "The family is devastated, we want to find him and put a closure to this," said Trisha Damask, the aunt of Christopher Pettit, a duck hunter who went missing Saturday evening when the boat he was on capsized in a storm on Mantua Creek.
Read complete story from New Jersey's Gloucester County Times


2 men in court for poaching Big Boy
Two Toledo men have been charged with a laundry-list of violations in four area municipal courts in connection with the poaching last month of a well-recognized white-tailed deer in Side Cut Metropark.
Read complete story from Ohio's toledoBlade.com


Man is stabbed after apparent fight with wife over deer meat
While investigating a fight between a husband and wife that led to the man being stabbed yesterday, Anne Arundel County police were initially told that the couple had argued over the man making a mess while cutting deer meat in their mobile home's kitchen in Lothian.
Read complete story from Maryland's baltimoresun.com


Deer hunters: Get used to all that corn
Anyone who's hunted deer in northeastern North Dakota so far this fall probably has encountered just that dilemma. It's pretty hard to go anywhere and not see standing corn, sometimes entire sections. That gives deer a wealth of places to hide and little reason to come out.
Read complete story from North Dakota's Grand Forks Herald


Apple trees turn forest into 'hunter's paradise'
If Johnny Appleseed missed your favorite hunting grounds, take heart. You still have Bill Mayo. The Franklin County hunter is leading a revival in growing apple trees in Vermont. Only instead of sowing a pouch full of seeds, he is spreading the gospel of planting select varieties of specially propagated apple trees expressly for wildlife.
Read complete story from Vermont's BurlingtonFreePress.com


Participation in small game hunting at record low
A Michigan Department of Natural Resources survey of nearly 10,000 small game hunters showed a 9 percent drop in participation from 2006 to 2007. About 188,297 small game hunters went out last year.
Read complete story from Michigan's MLive.com


Rabbit hunting haul likely will depend on the forecast
The Ohio 2008 cottontail rabbit season opened Nov. 7, and the Division of Wildlife is predicting a good year. A mild winter and a reasonable spring allowed survival of plenty of young rabbits, so taking a four-bunny limit shouldn't be too difficult for those willing to work for their kill.
Read complete story from Ohio's NewarkAdvocate.com


Invasive mussel confirmed in Utah's Electric Lake
Trouble-making zebra mussels have arrived in Utah. But not where they were expected to show up. Electric Lake is Utah's first body of water where the damaging, nonnative mussels have been confirmed, state wildlife officials said Wednesday.
Read complete story from The Associated Press


Frontier dreams of gold clash with fish habitat
Ed Levesque heads into the Wenatchee Mountains every weekend with the same fever that lured his forebears here during the gold rush of the 1870s. "There's lots of gold in this creek," the 63-year-old miner said. "In the old days, you could up come up here and dredge to your heart's content." But these days, the quest that beckoned people west more than a century ago is running headlong into a more recent Western goal: the survival of fish.
Read complete story from The Associated Press


Oh, Deer: Buck goes nuts in Town & Country strip mall
Town & Country, Mo., resident Chuck Lenz has made something of a name for himself with his repeated demands that the city do something to control its deer herd, which is estimated to number 800. But few, if any, of Lenz's petitions to the city have been as extraordinary as the tale he relayed to the Board of Aldermen on November 10.
Read complete story from St. Louis' RiverfrontTimes.com
Also see:Bucktown | Deer in the headlights


Chicago suburb reverses 20-year-old weapons ordinance
Despite pleas from residents gathered at a town hall meeting Tuesday night, Winnetka officials voted to repeal a 20-year ban on handguns.
Read complete story from NBCChicago.com


Area hunter drowns
CATAHOULA, La. — A 10-year-old tried desperately to save his father from drowning after the 36-year-old duck hunter fell out of his fishing boat Saturday morning, but the weight became unbearable and the boy was forced to kiss his father goodbye and swim to land for help, a family member said.
Read complete story from the Daily Iberian


Indianapolis man dies of wound suffered while deer hunting
MIDLAND, Ind. — Midland County sheriff's deputies were investigating the shooting death of a hunter. Corey A. Welch died early Tuesday at Hurley Medical Center in Flint.
Read complete story from the Saginaw News


UC native hit by gunfire at Reelfoot Lake
An investigation of the Saturday afternoon shooting of a former Obion County resident at Reelfoot Lake is under way by multiple agencies. Obion County Sheriff Jerry Vastbinder said Sunday that Paris resident John Burnett, a Union City native, was severely wounded by a round fired from a high-powered rifle that hit below his left elbow before entering his abdomen.
Read complete story from NWTN Today


Scientists find new penguin, extinct for 500 years
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Researchers studying a rare and endangered species of penguin have uncovered a previously unknown species that disappeared about 500 years ago.
Read complete story from the Associated Press


3 common pesticides harm salmon
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Farms and orchards that continue to use three pesticides that harm salmon will have to greatly expand buffer zones around their fields so the chemicals don't reach streams, federal biologists ruled Tuesday.
Read complete story from the Associated Press


Delgado arrested for 'unruliness'
A former NFL cheerleader and winner of "The Bachelor" is out of jail after being arrested in a southwest border-town bar for unruly behavior.
Read complete story from The Associated Press


Hunter kills 10-point buck while dragging 8-point buck
Arkansan James "Jimbo" Lenderman joined a small group of people who can claim to have bagged two bucks with one shot.
Read complete story from Arkansas' KAIT8.com


National forests see fewer visitors
National forests have long been prime recreation spots in the Pacific Northwest and around the nation, but new federal figures show far fewer people are visiting them since 2004 — especially in this region.
Read complete story from OregonLive.com


Hunter charged in fatal shooting of girl in home

A N.Y. deer hunter has been charged with manslaughter after a bullet he fired killed a toddler inside her grandparents' Hudson Valley home, police said Monday.
Read complete story from The Associated Press


Falling boulders endanger lives at Yosemite
For a decade, the National Park Service has known that the 3,000-foot granite cliff hanging over a tourist village at Yosemite is susceptible to colossal rockslides like one last month that crushed cabins and sent schoolchildren running for their lives.
Read complete story from Seattle's King5.com


Government delays decision on killing wild horses
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will round up fewer wild horses and try to shuffle funds within the agency to hold off for now on killing large numbers of the animals in an effort to control herds and spiraling costs, an official said Monday.
Read complete story from Seattle's King5.com


Darwin's mockingbirds featured in London exhibit
Mockingbirds collected by Charles Darwin on the Galapagos Islands may not be the most visually exciting part of an exhibition that opened Friday at the Natural History Museum, but they stimulated the thinking that led to the theory of evolution.
Read complete story from Quad-CitiesOnline.com


Ark. Game and Fish Officer killed in helicopter crash

An Arkansas Game and Fish Commission officer died this morning in a helicopter crash in central Arkansas while patrolling for violators of a ban on deer hunting at night.
Read complete story from Arkansas' KAIT8.com


Out-of-state hunters will pay more in 2009
Nonresident big-game hunters will pay more for a license next year after the Colorado Wildlife Commission Thursday adopted higher prices for out-of-state big-game fees.
Read complete story from Colorado's GJSentinel.com


S.C. sales tax holiday for gun purchases
Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, South Carolina residents will have a 48-hour period when they can purchase guns, shotguns, and rifles tax-free.
Read complete story from South Carolina's IndependentMail.com


Africa in biggest-ever crackdown on wildlife crime
A tonne of ivory items and 57 suspects were netted in a four-month operation billed Africa's largest-ever crackdown on wildlife crime, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said Monday. The crackdown — code-named Operation Baba — also seized cheetah, leopard, serval cat and python skins as well as hippo teeth at several markets, airports and border crossings in Congo Brazzaville, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia.
Read complete story from news.yahoo.com


Canada fishing show in rough water over propaganda
The host of a Canadian fishing show was reprimanded on Wednesday for broadcasting political propaganda during an election campaign, the first time that a show for anglers has landed in hot water for being partisan.
Read complete story from news.yahoo.com


California ordered to prepare for sea-level rise
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday ordered preparations for rising sea levels from global warming, a startling prospect for the most populous U.S. state with a Pacific Ocean coastline stretching more than 800 miles (1,290 km).
Read complete story from news.yahoo.com


Lobbyist repeatedly stabbed by wild buck
A Maryland lobbyist was attacked by a deer outside his home and says the buck repeatedly stabbed him with its antlers, before he was able to wrestle the animal to the ground.
Read complete story from WTOPnews.com


Most Mich.-area meat processors opt out of venison donation program
New regulations concerning venison donations by meat processors have led many area processors to stop their donation programs.
Read complete story from Michigan's DL-Online.com


Man drowns in duck hunting accident north of Kansas City
An Overland Park, Kan., man died when his boat took on water and sank during a duck huntng trip near St. Joesph, Mo., on Saturday.
Read complete story from Kansas City's myFoxKC.com


Illegal deer hunting on rise In Maine
Maine Game Wardens said that they are seeing an increase in illegal night hunting for deer and illegal baiting.
Read complete story from Maine's WCSH6.com


Uproar over federal drilling leases next to parks
The view of Delicate Arch natural bridge — an unspoiled landmark so iconic it's on Utah's license plates — could one day include a drilling platform under a proposal that environmentalists call a Bush administration "fire sale" for the oil and gas industry.
Read complete story from The Associated Press


Minn. woman bags two 10-point bucks over weekend
Kristin Viger felled two 10-point bucks last weekend. Viger, who grew up in Minnetonka, has been hunting since she was a child.
Read complete story from Minneapolis-St. Paul's StarTribune.com


Long rider treks 2,000 miles on horse across West
Mark Ryan has been described as a long rider — someone who rides horseback for hundreds or thousands of miles, echoes an era long gone. Riding across the West on his horse — Mister Doodles — to visit a friend was a chance to see the country in a way not many other people do.
Read complete story from Alabama's OANow.com


Revered Paris taxidermy shop rebuilds after fire
After a devastating blaze, famed Parisian taxidermy store Deyrolle, is rising like a phoenix from the ashes. An auction this week at Christie's Paris will raise funds to help restore the 177-year-old shop to its former glory.
Read complete story from The Associated Press