Author: Bruce Billingsly

NY Poacher ‘Prosecuted to the Full Extent of the Law’ for Shooting Conservation Officer

  New York State Conservation Officer James Davey was shot in the pelvic region last fall while investigating reports of illegal hunting activity while crossing a cornfield in Gallatin, New York. Davey is currently undergoing rehabilitation for his injuries after requiring surgery after the incident.  Lt. Liza Bobseine was patrolling with Davey that evening and it was her quick actions in the field that saved the 39-year-old’s life. The accused, 55-year-old Alan Blanchard, pleaded guilty to accidentally shooting the officer in Columbia County Court last week and is currently awaiting his sentencing hearing at the end of April.  He...

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Drone Wreaks Havoc on Elk National Refuge

In a crucial time for large mammals such as elk, a drone operator launched his unmanned aircraft into the sky and flew over a wintering herd of elk on the National Elk Refuge in Wyoming. As the state of Wyoming has been plagued with more than twice as much snowfall this season, elk, deer, and other wildlife in the western states need to conserve resources to survive. RELATED:  Vehicle Collisions with Bison a Growing Concern in Grand Teton National Park As the drone flew over the wintering herd, panic immediately ensued, causing approximately 1,500 elk to scatter in a...

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Maryland Man Convicted After Poaching 17-Point Buck on Neighbor’s Land

  Marking the third conviction under Maryland’s newly-instated anti-poaching laws, a Kent County man was convicted of illegally killing a 17-point buck on his neighbor’s property in September. District Judge John Nunn III sentenced Ronald Wayne Roe, 28, to pay $5,000 in restitution and perform 80 hours of community service.  Additionally, he also received a $500 fine, half of which was suspended, and three years of unsupervised probation. His hunting privileges were also suspended for 24 months. It was September 12, when officers received a call about suspected illegal hunting practices involving a very large buck.  On the scene,...

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Vermont and New Hampshire Moose Tags Face Big Cuts

  Sharp reductions in moose permits in both New Hampshire and Vermont are being proposed ahead of the 2017 hunting seasons in both states. Believed to be caused by shorter, warmer winters, the area’s moose populations have been struggling, to say the least.  Over the past decade or so, the moose populations in both states were actually exceeding carry capacity, where Vermont hunters had a shot at one of more than 1,000 permits and New Hampshire hunters had roughly 675 moose permits available. Fast forward to today and the decline is truly staggering.  As proposals now indicate that Vermont...

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Southern Michigan’s Bear Population is Booming

  According to Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the state’s bear population is more than stable, it’s booming. While this news is certainly encouraging to wildlife managers, officials do believe there are a number of steps that need to be taken to keep it that way and to manage areas with larger populations of black bears than others across the state. Currently speaking, the DNR estimates there to be between 15,000-19,000 black bears scattered across the state, with regions of the northern Lower Peninsula growing at a more rapid pace than expected, prompting the DNR to consider quota...

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