Author: Forrest Nelson

Wisconsin’s CWD, Deer and Predator Study Completes Collaring Phase

Kicked off last fall, the Southwest Wisconsin CWD, Deer and Predator study was launched as part of Governor Scott Walker’s commitment to continuing the battle against chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin. The five-year study is the largest and most comprehensive deer research project in the history of the state and aims to dig deeper into deer survival and population sustainability in America’s Dairyland. The multifaceted study is being conducted across a number of counties across the southern regions of the state.  Aside from the effects of chronic wasting disease, these studies will also examine factors such as predation, habitat...

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Pregnant Mule Deer Found Shot, Arizona Officials Offer Reward

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking public assistance in locating the individual or individuals responsible for killing a female mule deer out of season. The deer was found in a wash north of the Butcher Jones Recreation Area of Saguaro Lake, east of Phoenix on the evening of July 10.  After receiving reports of shots fired in the area, Maricopa County deputies investigated and uncovered the pregnant doe who was nearly full term. “We hope the public will come forward with information regarding this incident,” Game and Fish Wildlife Manager Laura Orscheln said. “Losing a pregnant doe...

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Department of the Interior Announces Over $50 million in Partner Funding for National Parks

Despite a slashed budget by the Trump administration for American National Parks, Secretary Ryan Zinke and the U.S. Department of the Interior announced over $50 million in National Parks funding last weekend. As part of the Centennial Challenge program, Zinke and Colorado Senator Cory Gardner announced the partnership that would aid the funding of vital maintenance and infrastructure projects that would benefit 42 parks across 29 states. The package is set to contain $20 million from Congress matched with $33 million in funding from strategic park partners that among improvements, will increase access to the proposed 42 National Parks....

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Female Hunting Personality Commits Suicide in Wake of Online Harrassment

In absolutely tragic news, a European hunter has reportedly taken her own life after weeks of online harassment. Melania Capitan, 27, was well-known in the online hunting communities amassing a large following as she depicted her outdoor-inspired life.  Much the same as many of us, Melania’s profiles were filled with images, blogs and videos of her living her life in the great outdoors. The young hunter apparently left a suicide note after receiving a number of online threats, which did not subside in the wake of her tragic death. As the Daily Mail reported on the story, the derogatory...

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Wolves Kill Record Number of Livestock in Wyoming

A report released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service revealed record-breaking statistics regarding livestock predation in Wyoming from the state’s population of gray wolves. Under state management, Wyoming officials were forced to also kill a record number of wolves in response to the growing number of livestock incidents reported in the state.  According to the report, wolves were responsible for killing 243 livestock in 2016 and 134 livestock in 2015. Resulting from the barrage of attacks, Wyoming officials removed 113 wolves from the Wyoming landscape, a number that nearly doubles the previous high of 63 wolves killed in...

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