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Pacific sockeye salmon return in record numbers
VANCOUVER, Canada -- After years of scarcity, the rivers of the US and Canadian Pacific Northwest are running red, literally, with a vast swarm of a salmon species considered to be in crisis. Sockeye salmon, whose stocks ran perilously low last year, are gushing in record numbers from the Pacific Ocean toward their spawning grounds far inland.
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Woman reels in world record fish
Samantha Vale expected to break some local Vanuatu records, but she never thought about smashing a world record when she reeled in this 44kg dog-tooth tuna on 10kg line. "We cracked open a beer to celebrate. Straight away we knew it was a good fish, whether it broke a record or not," Sam said when The Morning Bulletin caught up with the former Rocky girl yesterday.
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Gun stolen 23 years ago found with help from LeadsOnline
A .45-caliber Colt 1911 pistol that was stolen 23 years ago in a Butler County burglary wound up 2,300 miles away in a Washington State pawn shop - and should soon be reunited with its owner. "I was absolutely amazed that, after 23 years, it was still on the books," said Ralph Rud, of Connersville, Ind.
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U.S. names Asian carp czar
The White House has tapped a former leader of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Wildlife Federation as the Asian carp czar to oversee the federal response to keeping the invasive species out of the Great Lakes. On a conference call today with Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and other congressional leaders, President Obama's Council on Environmental Quality announced the selection of John Goss to lead the near $80 million, multi-pronged federal attack against Asian carp.
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Sockeye fishing cut off to protect coho
Most commercial fishing of this year's record run of Fraser River sockeye salmon has been halted to conserve much smaller runs of coho salmon and steelhead that could be dangerously weakened by further intensive harvesting. In a typical year, most sockeye migrate before the coho, but late-run sockeye -- which account for three-quarters of the massive 2010 run -- come back at the same time, mingled with their scarce relatives.
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Wyoming grizzly captures on record pace this year
Wyoming bear managers say so far this year they've captured a record number of grizzly bears due to conflicts, many of which involved livestock depredations. The news comes after researchers reported a marginal whitebark pine seed crop for the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
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Microbes are eating BP oil without using up oxygen
WASHINGTON -- Government scientists studying the BP disaster are reporting the best possible outcome: Microbes are consuming the oil in the Gulf without depleting the oxygen in the water and creating "dead zones" where fish cannot survive. Outside scientists said this so far vindicates the difficult and much-debated decision by BP and the government to use massive amounts of chemical dispersants deep underwater to break up the oil before it reached the surface.
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Endangered or not, wolf killings set to expand
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Government agencies are seeking broad new authority to ramp up killings and removals of gray wolves in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes, despite two recent court actions that restored the animal's endangered status in every state except Alaska and Minnesota.
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2 coyote attacks in 1 hour in NYC suburb; tot hurt
RYE BROOK, N.Y. -- A teen and a toddler have come face-to-face with a coyote in two separate incidents within about an hour in a New York City suburb. The toddler's father took her to get medical care, but the teen was unhurt. Authorities say a coyote lunged at the teen boy shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday in Rye Brook. About an hour later, the 2-year-old girl was attacked near her home about two miles away.
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Cameras to nab dumpers
SAVOY -- Savoy is going high tech in its approach to stopping illegal roadside dumping. Selectman Scott Koczela said the town has received a number of wireless trail cameras from the state Department of Public Health to set up around town in an effort to catch on film those responsible for the dumping. "Hopefully, this will let us get pictures of those responsible so we can hold them responsible." Koczela said.
Read the complete story from The Berkshire Eagle.

Tahoe boater faces $5,000 fine for invasion of inspection
A Lake Tahoe boater was slapped with a $5,000 penalty for allegedly evading watercraft inspectors who had ordered that the vessel be decontaminated after it was brought from out-of-state waters, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency officials said.
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FWC rejects spearfishing for permit, for now
As one of Florida's "rock-star game fish," permit need more protection, state fishery managers decided Thursday. "A lot of people spend a lot of money to come to Florida and the Keys to fish for tarpon, bonefish and permit," said Rodney Barreto, chairman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
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White marlin caught at record pace
OCEAN CITY -- With dozens of boats reporting double-digit releases including one local boat with a record 57 on Monday alone, the white marlin bite off the coast of Ocean City has been off the chart for the last week or so, perhaps confirming once and for all the sometimes questioned "White Marlin Capital of the World" title for the resort.
Read the complete story from The Dispatch.

Report: N Africa fish threatened with extinction
STOCKHOLM -- Researchers at an international water conference in Stockholm said that 21 percent of freshwater species in northern Africa are threatened with extinction. Scientists from the International Union for Conservation of Nature presented a new report on Tuesday, which shows more than 1,000 fish, crabs, mollusks, aquatic plants and insects in northern Africa are in danger.
Read the complete story from Associated Press.