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How North America’s Most Popular Fish Nearly Went Extinct
Cast a line into any lake, river, or ornamental pond in the Lower 48 and you’re likely to pull out a black bass. The black bass genus...
Fact Checker: Will a Mother Bird Abandon Her Baby If You Touch It?
‘Incredible Waste of Money:’ America’s Most Ineffective Deer Management Program
Should You Fish for Spawning Bass? Conflicting Philosophies and Research
Ask a Warden: What Bag Limit do People Most Often Exceed?
Mar 24, 2020
In our series Ask a Warden, we interview officers from across the country to learn about their role in protecting our game, fish, public lands, and other resources. In this edition, we asked officers from West Virginia, Minnesota, and Arizona what bag limit is most often exceeded.
When a shared resource is depleted by individuals acting independently and according to their own self-interest, you have what is known as the tragedy of the commons...
Rural Myths and Conspiracy Theories Die Hard
Mar 6, 2020
The only thing tougher to spot, stalk, and slay than the sources of outdoor folktales and conspiracy theories are the myths themselves, which seem to strengthen with each season.
That’s especially true of deep-seated conspiratorial yarns that claim insurance companies lobby lawmakers and pressure wildlife agencies to slash deer herds across whitetail country. Biologists simply strive to balance herds with the habitat or social tolerance, but some...
Federal Judge Voids 1 Million Acres of Oil and Gas Leases in Sage Grouse Fight
Feb 28, 2020
Due to the Trump Administration severely limiting public input on oil and gas leasing decisions in the last two years, nearly a million acres of public land leases in sage grouse habitat issued under that policy are now null and void, a federal judge in Idaho ruled Thursday.
U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Ronald E. Bush vacated a January 2018 memorandum from the Bureau of Land Management that had greatly reduced public comment and protest periods...
Interior Secretary Halts Aerial Gunning of Mountain Goats in Grand Teton
Feb 24, 2020
Correction: This story was edited on Feb. 24 at 7:00 p.m. to reflect recent developments
Responding to calls from Wyoming’s governor and other officials, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt halted Grand Teton National Park’s use of aerial gunners to cull mountain goats.
Despite state management agency and public opposition, Grand Teton National Park contracted helicopter crews with shotguns to kill nonnative mountain goats today. The...
Ask a Warden: What Guns Do You Carry?
Feb 19, 2020
In our series Ask a Warden, we interview officers from across the country to learn about their role in protecting our game, fish, public lands, and other resources. In this edition, we asked officers from South Dakota, Texas, and Colorado what guns they carry.
Conservation officers have a unique job that’s unlike most other law enforcement. From staking out serial poachers to running down stolen vehicles, routine patrols just aren’t all that...
Study: Eastern Whitetails Thrive Despite Coyote Invasion
Feb 5, 2020
The howl of a coyote has spread across the Eastern United States, stirring concern and debate among deer hunters and wildlife managers. But according to a new multi-state, decades-long study, whitetail deer have continued to thrive even as coyote populations boomed.
Hunters are often leery of change—especially regarding a new predator they perceive as competition. Of course coyotes eat deer meat given the opportunity, either deer they kill...
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