Author: Forrest Nelson

South Dakota Officials Propose Increase in Elk Tags to Battle CWD

As the battle against the deadly chronic wasting disease (CWD) heats up in hotspots across America, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is taking the proper precautions to protect their natural resources. Establishing a new antlerless elk hunting unit in the Custer State Park region, officials believe this will give them additional data and allow them to use what they call, adaptive management when it comes to CWD. Increasing available antlerless tags from 20 to 60, the department is hopeful that additional hunting pressure will alleviate the risk of infection.  Currently running at an infection rate of...

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Aggressive Buck Dispatched After Attacking Marathon Runners

Voicing its disapproval for organized exercise, a young mule deer buck disrupted a marathon in eastern Washington state earlier this month. After receiving a call from one of the participants concerned about the well-being of the marathon runners, officials with Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Police were on the scene. Like a charging bull straight out of the streets of Pamplona, witnesses stated that the buck entered the roadway ahead of the runners and began to act aggressively.  Charging and chasing a number of marathon runners, a pair of men in charge of adequately hydrating participants attempted to...

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Pa. Conservation Officer Fatally Shot Man Who Assaulted, Tried to Drown Him

Details about the harrowing tale of a deadly confrontation between a Pennsylvania Conservation Officer and another man are beginning to surface. According to reports, a state Fish and Boat Commission officer was on patrol when he came into contact with another man along the Susquehanna River in Plymouth Township.  From that point, details are still being released but it is believed that an altercation quickly broke out between the two men. “For some reason, a fight ensued with that male. The officer was struck repeatedly and so far the evidence tends to indicate that there may have been an...

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Two Louisiana Men Who Imported Deer from CWD Farm Plead Guilty

After a thorough investigation, a pair of Louisiana men were charged with conspiring to illegally smuggle deer by officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Cited for a number of Lacey Act violations, the two men; Edward L. Donaldson Jr., 75 and John Jared Oertling, 42, were in court this week where they entered a guilty plea for their reckless actions. The two men admitted to conspiring to import live whitetail deer between 2010 and 2012 to the Turkey Trot Ranch, a high-fence game farm they manage on behalf of Oertling’s wife, Jill Marie Donaldson. In addition to...

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Kentucky Officials Believe EHD in Deer is Finally in Decline

As cooler fall temperatures grace much of the Bluegrass State, officials with the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department are optimistic that the presence of EHD in the state’s deer population is on its way out. Bred in watering holes during the hot summer heat, tiny midge flies act as hosts to the deadly disease and transmit it to mammals such as whitetail deer. In what was referred by many as an epidemic this year in eastern Kentucky, whitetail herds were hit hard. “It’s a disease we see in our deer herd every year. Some years it can be severe...

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