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Pneumonia could halt fall bighorn sheep release
KVOA-TV
Three recent bighorn sheep deaths may put a halt to the Santa Catalina relocation project. Of the original 61, there are 37 bighorn sheep left in the Catalinas. However, a recent string of pneumonia-related deaths has some worried that number could soon get a lot lower.
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Researchers continue mountain goat studies in Glacier
Great Falls Tribune
Glacier National Park, in partnership with the University of Montana and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, are continuing mountain goat research activities this summer in the Logan Pass area. This three-year research study began in late summer 2013 to identify how mountain goats are affected by roads, people and trails near Logan Pass.
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Wildlife Department use federal grant money, lease private land for public use
The Oklahoman
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will receive $2.26 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that the state agency plans to use to lease private land for public hunting. Oklahoma is one of 15 states that will receive grant money from the USDA, a total of $20 million, to encourage private landowners to open their ranches, farms or other property to hunting, fishing or other wildlife recreation.
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Women see bigger role in hunting
Union-Bulletin
Increasing numbers of women are learning to shoot rifles and bows to enjoy hunting and the meat they can put on the table. The growing interest of women in blood sports isn't a stampede, but it's significant enough to capture the attention of the hunting and shooting sports industries, as well as the media.
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Idaho wildlife officials keep watch for outbreak of deer disease
Lewiston Tribune via Twn Falls Times-News
Wildlife officials in Idaho are on alert for the presence of a common gnat-borne disease that can race through deer populations. Although tests have not yet conclusively proved it, reports of dead or ill deer showing the symptoms associated with epizootic hemorrhagic disease, also known as EHD, are filtering in from parts of the Clearwater basin.
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California drought may exacerbate wildlife-human encounters
Northwest Herald
The scarcity of food in the wild has been blamed for unusual animal activity during California's drought, including a recent bear attack, mountain lion sightings and an uptick in orphaned animals. But the devastating four-year drought that's dried up streams and vegetation isn't the sole cause, state officials and experts said. Instead, they said the drought is exacerbating long-term trends and natural animal behaviors in a state that is becoming increasingly developed.
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Opinion: Boulder-White Clouds wilderness offers more than protection
Idaho Statesman
When President Barack Obama signed legislation creating three new designated wilderness areas of 275,665 acres in Idaho's Boulder-White Cloud mountains and Jerry Peak, he also opened up the potential for long-term protection of over 700,000 acres of public land within and adjacent to the new wilderness areas. That's because the new law authorizes the relinquishment of any valid existing leases or permits authorizing grazing and requires that the secretaries of Agriculture and Interior accept the donated lease or permit and see that livestock grazing permanently ends.
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Colorado man fined more than $11,000 for killing trophy elk
goHUNT
Thanks to Colorado's wildlife operation tip hotline — Operation Game Thief — another poacher bites the dust. Robert Johnson, the most recent example of a hunter willing to enter the unethical circuit, was recently found guilty of trespassing and killing a trophy elk in the Devils' Thumb Ranch last September.
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Keys to bowhunting success: Where to plant it
By Jed Pritchard
You've found a good spot. Deer sign is all over the place. Heavy trails crisscross a mixed forest floor. Gray-scarred tree barks offer solid evidence of a wall-hanger working this area in seasons past. A nearby creek, open fields and an overgrown thicket complete the necessities picture. If you're itching to put up a stand in this new-found promise land, don't. Not before you read on to find out three keys to bowhunting success this season.
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