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State takes back control of wolves
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The U.S. Interior Department cried wolf recovery for the third time since 2008, when it lifted federal protections from gray wolves in the Northern Rockies, paving the way for hunters and livestock producers to legally kill wolves in Montana. The decision, which is effective imediatelly, allows producers to shoot wolves — if they're caught harassing livestock, said Kent Laudon, Northwest Montana's Kalispell-based wolf management specialist. More

Goat transfer to Whitefish Range on hold
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A plan to establish mountain goats in the Whitefish Range has been put on hold until more blood tests can be completed on goats from the Crazy Mountains. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists last fall announced a plan to reintroduce goats using a robust population in the Crazy Mountains near Big Timber, Mont. But blood samples from those goats, taken earlier this year, showed the goats may carry a strain of bacteria that causes pneumonia in bighorn sheep, FWP biologist Tim Thier said. More

Front's elk numbers up, but bighorn numbers are off
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The population of bighorn sheep on the Rocky Mountain Front is down but the number of elk is way up. Fish, Wildlife & Parks wildlife biologist Brent Lonner says he hasn't been able to complete his spring survey of mule deer but he said he has finished counting elk and bighorn sheep. Summing up the elk situation "is pretty easy," he said. More

Hunting licenses can be purchased online in California
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The California Department of Fish and Game is now selling 2011 hunting licenses, and hunters can also apply for the big game drawing. Hunters can use the new automated license data system online, which makes the application process simplified and streamlined. More

Oregon man gets jail for illegally taking sheep
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A Sweet Home, Ore.,-area man was sentenced to fines and jail time, the result of an Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division investigation into unlawful taking and possession of bighorn sheep. According the Linn district attorney's office, Enoch Ray Robertson, 30, was sentenced in Linn County Circuit Court on five wildlife-related counts. More

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Big-game hunters weigh their odds
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It's the gambling season for Washington big-game hunters. They're sizing up dream hunt areas, analyzing the odds and figuring how many applications they can afford at $6.50 a pop – an increase of $1 from last year. Sportsmen have until May 18 to apply for special big-game hunting permits for deer, elk, moose, cougar, mountain goat, bighorn sheep and turkey. More

Star power adds sizzle on last day of NRA convention
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After an estimated 75,000 visitors swarmed through the Downtown Convention Center in Pittsburgh, the National Rifle Association wrapped up its 140th annual convention on Sunday. Long lines of autograph seekers snaked through the halls to see celebrities and politicos, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Fox TV broadcaster Oliver North and R. Lee Ermey, a spokesman for Glock firearms best known as an actor who had roles in "Apocalypse Now" and "Full Metal Jacket." More

Turkey hunting: When to call, when to shut up
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As a result of his job Phil Bourjaily has been guided by some of the best-known turkey hunters in the country. The latest was Toxey Haas of Mossy Oak, who took him hunting in Texas. On the last morning of his hunt Toxey and Bourjaily tucked into the boughs of a cedar tree about 200 yards from a wall of roosted Rio Grande turkeys. In the 45 minutes they sat they heard almost every noise a jake, hen or gobbler can make. More

Colorado closer to extending bear hunting season
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In Colorado, a proposed bill to extend black bear hunting season has been met with opposition from environmental groups and support from the agricultural community. House Bill 1294, sponsored by Rep. J. Paul Brown, R-Ignacio, would allow the Division of Wildlife to remove restrictions on hunting bears between March 1 and Sept. 1 in the state, a legislative response to increasing conflicts between humans and bears. The bill won agricultural-committee approval 8 to 5 on April 18. More

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