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Off the wire

10/6/2009
Kyle Anderson of Rapid City, Mich., poses with his 50-pound, 8-ounce muskie, a Michigan state record. 

Angler hauls in muskie;
breals Michigan record
On Sunday, September 27, Kyle Anderson of Rapid City, Mich., caught this 50-pound, 8-ounce Great Lakes muskie. The fish is now the new Michigan state record. It beat the old record, set in 1984, by 2.5 pounds. Anderson was fishing in Torch Lake, near Traverse City.

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Production of Remington shotgun tops 10 million
MADISON, N.C. — Remington Arms Company, Inc. is acknowledging a milestone of an American classic, the Model 870 pump-action, in the September 24, 2009, edition of USA Today with a full-page ad thanking America and the millions of Model 870 owners for making it possible to reach the 10,000,000th production mark. In honor of this historic achievement, Remington is also sponsoring the "10 Millionth Model 870 Shotgun" Sweepstakes.

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Bluefin tuna fishing ban fails in EU
The European Union failed to pass a ban on the commercial fishing of Bluefin Tuna, a critically endangered species that is commercially relevant to sushi. Although Japan has created a stock of these fish in the Pacific Ocean for their own commercial use, European fishermen have depleted the natural populations in the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, and Atlantic Ocean to Endangered or Critically Endangered levels. The EU sought to ban the commercial fishing of Bluefin Tuna, but was blocked by Cyprus, France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, and Spain.
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Feds to decide on listing ice seals as threatened
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A federal agency must decide within three weeks whether spotted seals, which depend on sea ice off Alaska's coast, should be listed as a threatened or endangered species. In addition, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration agreed to decide by Nov. 1, 2010, whether two other ice-dependent seals, ringed seals and bearded seals, should be listed.
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Bangladesh awards farmer who killed 83,000 rats
DHAKA, Bangladesh — Bangladesh on Wednesday awarded a farmer who killed more than 83,000 rats and launched a monthlong campaign nationwide to kill millions more, to protect crops and reduce the need for food imports.
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Bass Pro Shops CEO Morris brings passion for fishing to job
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Bass Pro Shops is "what most retailers only fantasize about," said Ethan Allen CEO Farooq Kathwari when he introduced Bass Pro CEO Johnny Morris at an awards ceremony last year. But try to get the details of the dream out of Morris, and you'll find he's conveniently "gone fishing."
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Wolf hunt opens in valley Thursday
While only 15 wolves have been killed in the first month of hunting in Idaho, that number could increase significantly as the remaining eight of 12 wolf zones open Thursday. Still, the relatively low early numbers have some people thinking that hunters may face a tough challenge to reach the quota set for the state.
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To help salmon, 4 Klamath dams coming down
In what is being touted as the world's biggest dam-removal project, an agreement was reached Tuesday to remove four dams on the Klamath River and restore a 300-mile migratory route for California's beleaguered salmon.
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High court to look at local gun control laws
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to decide whether strict local and state gun control laws violate the Second Amendment, ensuring another high-profile battle over the rights of gun owners.
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Deer with antlers scoring 492 dies
The buck with the biggest antlers ever recorded on a white-tailed deer recently died of an infection. Sudden Impact, who lived at Wilderness Whitetails Ranch in Wisconsin, had horns that scored 492, and he was only 3 years old when he died in late August.

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Warmer weather threatens moose in Minnesota
Researchers say such sightings of moose, an icon in Minnesota's northwoods, are likely to become more rare. A special advisory committee warned last month that climate change threatens moose in Minnesota and recommended several steps to help them.
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West Virginia drivers hit most deer, State Farm says
West Virginia drivers lead the U.S. in collisions with deer for the third straight year as a larger population of the animals meets increasing traffic in once-rural areas, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. said.
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Feds reviewing humpback whale endangered status
HONOLULU — The federal government is considering taking the humpback whale off the endangered species list in response to data showing the population of the massive marine mammal has been steadily growing in recent decades.
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Palau creates world's first shark sanctuary
UNITED NATIONS — The tiny Pacific nation of Palau is creating the world's first shark sanctuary, a biological hotspot to protect great hammerheads, leopard sharks, oceanic whitetip sharks and more than 130 other species fighting extinction in the Pacific Ocean.
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Fanged frog, 162 other new species found in Mekong
BANGKOK — A gecko with leopard-like spots on its body and a fanged frog that eats birds are among 163 new species discovered last year in the Mekong River region of Southeast Asia, an environmental group said Friday.
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