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Off the wire

7/7/2010

Tar balls in Texas mean oil hits all 5 Gulf states
GULF SHORES, Ala. — There's a dirty secret buried under Gulf of Mexico beaches after cleanup workers scrape away the oil washing ashore. Walk to a seemingly pristine patch of sand, plop down in a chair and start digging with your bare feet, like everyone does at the beach. Chances are you'll walk away with gooey tar between your toes.

Read the complete story from The Associated Press.


Gulf oil spill could be headed to Miami and Keys
Florida's panhandle may not be the only part of the Sunshine State to get a visit from the massive oil spill floating in the Gulf of Mexico. Miami and the Florida Keys might be in store for tar balls and oily shores, according to new data released by the government.

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NY fisherman bitten on arm by blue shark he caught
SHINNECOCK, N.Y. — The Coast Guard says a captured shark bit a fisherman as he tried to remove a hook from its mouth on a boat off New York's Long Island. The incident happened Saturday on a fishing boat about 25 miles south of Shinnecock Inlet. It came a day after the Coast Guard warned recreational boaters to keep watch for predatory sharks in ocean waters from Maine to New Jersey.

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FWP to recommend wolf-hunt quota of 186 for 2010 hunt
HELENA, Mont. — State wildlife officials will recommend increasing the quota of wolves allowed to be killed by hunters this year to 186, compared to 75 in last year's inaugural hunt. The increased hunting quota could decrease the state's wolf population for the first time since the gray wolf was reintroduced to the Northern Rockies in 1995.

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DNA evidence used in Penn. trophy deer case
York County hunters had been watching the trophy-class white-tailed buck in West Manchester Township closely, hoping to get a shot at him during last fall's hunting season. Nature lovers were admiring the big buck as well, said Wildlife Conservation Officer Chad Eyler of the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Read the complete story from The Mississippi Press.


Anglers hit deep water for big finale at Miss. Rodeo
GULFPORT, Miss. — A group of Louisiana anglers helped put the "deep sea" back into the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo on Sunday. After fishing in about 150 feet of water 77 miles off the coast of Cocodrie, La., Pat Flood and Marty Daniels and his family brought in the first jack crevalle, lemonfish (cobia), grey (mangrove) snapper and king mackerel of the tournament about 30 minutes before the scales closed on the final day.

Read the complete story from The Mississippi Press.


Independence Day 2010: Vets Win Right to Fish
The vets couldn't have been happier; maybe content is the right word. They arrived at the Killam's Point Conference Center on July 4th and were given a chair, a fishing rod and the great pond known as Long Island Sound.
"It's wonderful. I am at peace here," said Tracey Pettway, 44, who is a patient at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven. It was the second getaway time for Pettway, who served in a Navy amphibious group in Desert Storm. He was smiling.

Read the complete story from The Bradford Eagle.


Record Columbia River sockeye run a bounty for NW fishermen
Joe Bass shelters himself from the wind whipping through the parking lot of the Char Burger restaurant. He's selling whole sockeye and chinook salmon from a big cooler at his feet, along with a steady line of chatter for potential buyers as he competes with two other fish sellers. A record run of sockeye in the Columbia River means a brisk start to sales for the 18-year-old Yakama tribe member who spends summers here selling fish caught by his family.

Read the complete story from The Oregon Live.