Author: Venatic Reporters

Trail cameras show first evidence of fishers born in Washington’s South Cascades

Grainy images of a young female fisher with her kit provide the first evidence that this rare forest carnivore is reproducing in the South Cascades, where state, federal and non-profit organizations are working to reintroduce them. The pictures show a female fisher in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest coming down her den tree headfirst, carrying a large kit. “She is hopefully the first of many female fishers we photograph attending a den site and caring for kits in the South Cascades,” said Jeff Lewis, a wildlife biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The adult female...

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Wyoming Angler Catches New State Record Channel Cat

When Christian Cosby threw out a chunk of sucker meat on his six pound test he never expected to catch a huge channel catfish. Cosby and fishing buddy Brandon Chadwick were fishing near Anvil Draw on Flaming Gorge Reservoir June 24 when he caught a channel catfish weighing 28.52 pounds, measuring 39 inches long, with a girth of 23.25 inches. “I yelled, “Holy cow it’s a catfish!” Cosby said. “I thought maybe it was a carp. I pulled it as close as I could get it to the shore in the shallow water. Then I jumped in the water,...

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Montana’s Wolf Population Still Strong, Report Shows

Wolf numbers in Montana remained healthy in 2016 and more than three times the federally-mandated minimums. Montana’s annual wolf report shows a minimum of 477 wolves were counted for 2016. This is down from 536 wolves counted in 2015, but doesn’t necessarily reflect a reduction in wolf numbers, but rather a reduction in counting effort. Included in this number is a minimum number of 50 breeding pairs. This compares to a minimum count of 32 breeding pairs in 2015, and 34 breeding pairs in 2014. “Though the minimum count is down, we’ve long held that these minimum counts are...

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Artists Wanted to Help Celebrate 100 Years of Elk in Michigan

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of elk in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites artists to help celebrate this milestone by creating a one-of a-kind poster depicting the history of Michigan’s elk. The chosen design in the “100th anniversary of Michigan elk” poster-drawing contest will be reproduced and distributed to elk enthusiasts across the nation, and the winner will receive an outdoors prize package. In 1918, seven elk were relocated to Wolverine, Michigan, from the western United States. Today’s healthy and abundant elk population in the northern Lower Peninsula is due to the management and conservation efforts...

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Fawn Rescued from Sewer by New Jersey Police Officer

Affectionately referred to now as the “deer whisperer”, veteran officer Tim Majak rescued his third deer while on patrol Wednesday afternoon, this time a small fawn that had fallen into a sewer drain. After receiving a call from local residents about a deer stuck in a sewer, the Woodbridge Police Department had just the man for the job.  After removing a portion of the grate, Majak climbed in and nabbed the distressed fawn, carrying the animal to safety. Previously, Majak made headlines for rescuing a young buck that had become entangled in a soccer net as well as rescuing...

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