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21 Collared Nebraska Bighorn Lambs Succumb to Disease

CHADRON, Neb.(RELEASE) – Disease issues have once again struck bighorn sheep lambs in northwestern Nebraska’s Pine Ridge, but a comprehensive research project is on track to counter the maladies. Todd Nordeen, the Nebraska Game and Park Commission’s big game research and disease program manager, said all 21 lambs equipped with tracking collars in May and June have died – almost all to pneumonia. While pneumonia is the cause, Commission biologists want to know what pathogens are triggering the disease. They have gathered and obtained samples from the dead sheep and shipped them to a laboratory for testing. “We obviously...

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Two Suspicious Ear-Tagged Deer Test Negative for CWD

HARRISBURG, PA (Release) – The two, ear-tagged deer euthanized July 26 in Ridgway Township, Elk County tested negative for chronic wasting disease, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced today. Meanwhile, the investigation continues to determine whether the deer escaped from a captive facility or were intentionally released. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is always-fatal to deer and elk. Where CWD exists in Pennsylvania, measures are taken to reduce its potential spread. The two ear-tagged deer were discovered about 20 miles north of Disease Management Area 3, within the Commonwealth’s Elk Management Area. The ear tags raise concerns that the deer were...

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Due to Rebounding Populations, Minnesota Deer Hunters Get More Opportunity This Fall

(RELEASE) – Additional deer hunting opportunities will be available this fall thanks to a series of mild winters and conservative hunting regulations, which have resulted in rebounding deer populations across Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources. “Deer populations have responded well to favorable winter weather and our efforts to rebuild deer numbers, and we have been able to expand harvest opportunities in almost all areas of the state this fall,” said Adam Murkowski, big game program leader for the DNR. Hunters can buy deer licenses and apply to the lottery for antlerless deer permits now. The deadline...

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CWD Found in Wyoming Cow Elk

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has diagnosed chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a cow elk that was found dead in southeast Washakie County. CHEYENNE (RELEASE)- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has diagnosed chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a cow elk that was found dead in southeast Washakie County. The elk was found about 30 miles southwest of Kaycee. The dead elk was part of the Bighorns elk movement study. This study is evaluating the migrations and behaviors of elk in the Bighorn Mountains. CWD is less common in elk than it is in deer, and CWD has been...

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Washington officials to take lethal action to change wolf pack’s behavior

OLYMPIA (RELEASE) – State wildlife managers plan to remove members of a wolf pack that has repeatedly preyed on livestock in Stevens County since 2015. Jim Unsworth, director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) authorized his staff to take lethal action against the Smackout wolf pack, based on four occasions where wolves preyed on livestock since last September. Unsworth said that action, set to begin this week, is consistent with Washington’s Wolf Management Plan of 2011, which authorizes WDFW to take lethal measures to address repeated attacks on livestock. It is also consistent with the department’s...

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