Author: Bruce Billingsly

Kentucky Residents Urged to Report Suspected Cases of EHD

After over 240 reports surfaced last month in the state of Kentucky regarding sick or dead deer suspected of dying from epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), the Kentucky Department of Fish and Game is going digital. “We’ve created an easy-to-use online survey that allows people to notify the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife of dead or dying deer no matter what time of day,” said Gabe Jenkins, big game coordinator for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “We’ll use this information to create up-to-date maps so the public can see the extent of the disease’s spread.” The disease, spread by the...

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Oregon Officials Looking for Poachers Who Illegally Killed Cow Elk

Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is reaching out to the public for assistance in locating the individual or individuals responsible for killing a cow elk in Douglas County. Last weekend, police were notified about a dead cow elk that was found in an open field located close to a major roadway.  Investigating officers noted that the animal had been shot and left to waste, likely during the late evening hours. A reward of up to $500 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. The reward is comprised of $500 from the...

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Mining Company and Conservation Groups Partner to Protect Habitat

A crucial migration route for Yellowstone elk and the waters of a pair of Yellowstone River tributaries have been placed under protection celebrated by a signing ceremony on Thursday. Members from Kinross Gold, a Toronto-based mining company and officials from both the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Trout Unlimited made the protections official yesterday in Jardine.  The basis of the agreement would see an abandoned gold mine outside of Yellowstone transformed into a wildlife protection area, preventing the development of 549 acres of crucial habitat. With last summer’s fish kill along the Yellowstone River, Gov. Steve Bullock, who was...

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Emergency Depredation Hunts Approved in Nevada

The compounding effects of two summers of raging wildfires in the state of Nevada have made the decision to increase antelope and deer harvests relatively easy for the Nevada Department of Wildlife. With an additional 500 square miles of winter range destroyed by wildfires burning in Elko County, the Department announced over the weekend that they have endorsed several emergency related depredation hunts for both antlerless deer and antelope with horns shorter than their ears. “Last summer’s fires had already decimated a large portion of this winter range, and the additional habitat loss from the 2017 fires have taken...

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27 Deer Test Positive for CWD on Pennsylvania Farm

In an announcement made by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, a reported 27 deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease at a captive breeding facility in Bedford County.  The herd of over 200 animals was under quarantine by the department after a whitetail deer died on the farm back in February. During the quarantine period, none of the 215 animals exhibited any signs of the deadly disease but the decision was made to euthanize the entire herd at the end of June. “We are working directly with captive-deer herd managers to educate them on risk factors and to...

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