Author: Bruce Billingsly

Elk Herd Closes Utah Freeway

  Rare circumstances prompted Utah’s Department of Transportation (DOT) to close a six-mile stretch of Interstate 80 after a herd of elk was discovered in the middle of the roadway. A herd of an originally estimated six to 24 elk was reported to have been camped out in the median of the Interstate for a number of days, causing a great deal of concern to both the DOT and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR). Scott Root with DWR said, “The median is sizable, and there’s scrub oak and grass and so they felt comfortable like a sanctuary, but...

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Idaho Spending $650K to Feed Big Game Animals This Winter

  Cold temperatures paired with heavy snowfall has plagued animals in the western United States this winter, causing state wildlife agencies and conservation groups to take matters into their own hands to ensure the survival of our treasured wildlife. Officials in Colorado have been baiting deer and elk at strategic locations to keep animals away from the dangers of busy roadways while volunteers from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and other conservation groups have joined forces with Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources to feed hungry animals in the Bear Lake area specialized pellets. Nearby Idaho is no exception.  After...

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Arizona Hunter Takes Potential World Record Non-Typical Coues Deer

  A little over a year ago, Arizona hunter Terry Edwards took an incredible Coues deer with his bow, one that Pope and Young believes will become the new non-typical world record. Often regarded as one of the more difficult big game species to hunt, these small deer found in Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico have a reputation for disappearing into the faintest amount of brush.  Often referred to as the “gray ghost” by hunters due to both the animal’s extreme wariness and the habitat in which the animal can survive in. The initial score of Edwards’ Coues deer...

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Idaho Moose Ends Up in Residential Basement

  As deep snow continues to move wildlife closer to residential areas in Idaho this winter, humans, and wildlife are once again intersecting. After toxic, residential shrubs were to blame for the death of 50 pronghorn and eight elk this month, another large mammal has gotten a little too close for comfort. On Saturday night, the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office was called to a Hailey, Idaho home to investigate a break and enter of a slightly different nature.  A cow moose had managed to fall through a window and found itself trapped inside a residential basement, leaving both the...

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The Majestic and Protected White Deer of Eastern Iowa

  Traditionally known for its resident whitetail deer adorning antlers that could make any hunter weak in the knees, the state of Iowa is also home to a special, yet little-known species of deer. Believed to be descendants of an escapee from a captive heard roughly 20 years ago, eastern Iowa’s white deer have become somewhat of a common sight in Buchanan County. Not to be confused with albino deer, these snow-white deer are without the pinkish-red eyes, nose and ear membranes characteristic of albino animals.  These deer, on the other hand, are typically spotted with black eyes and...

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