hunting

Wolves
6:10 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Heavily Hunted Wolves Stressed Out And Mating More Frequently

A new study from Canada showed wolves in heavily hunted areas had higher levels of a stress hormone and higher reproductive hormones.
Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife / U.S. Fish & Wildlife

A new study out of Canada revealed a surprising side effect that hunting may have on wolves.

Researchers wanted to compare the hormone levels in wolves that often deal with hunters’ fire, versus wolves that are hunted very little. They were able to measure levels of progesterone, testosterone, and the stress hormone cortisol by looking at samples of wolf hair from different parts of northern Canada.

It turns out wolves in heavily hunted areas had higher levels of a stress hormone and higher reproductive hormones. So, they were stressed out and mating more frequently.

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Hunting Derby
6:14 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Report Finds Idaho Hunting Derby Has Minimal Environmental Impacts

Managers found any impacts from an Idaho hunting derby would be either non-existent or short-lived
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Federal land managers in Idaho project minimal environmental damage from allowing a predator hunting derby to take place in the north-eastern part of the state. That’s the finding of an environmental assessment released Wednesday. It’s part of a controversy that started last winter when hunters competed to kill wolves and coyotes during a two-day event.

The first predator derby attracted international attention, as well as online petitions, and even an undercover report in Vice magazine. Hunters competed for $1,000 prizes for the biggest wolf or most coyotes.

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Recreation Permits
5:50 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Coastal County Tries Tax Gambit To Stop Recreation Fees

Credit Horia Varlan / Flickr

A coastal Northwest county is the first to strike back against pricey recreation permits now being required by some large timber companies. The Grays Harbor County commission voted unanimously Monday to take a tax deferral away from private timberland owners that charge for public access.

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Seasonal Access Permits
7:34 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Timber Giant Begins Selling Seasonal Permits, But Some Push Back

Vandalism and illegal dumping like this on the St. Helens Tree Farm was a key reason for the new access policy says Weyerhaeuser.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

Timber giant Weyerhaeuser is joining the pay-to-play and pay-to-hunt trend. This week, the largest private forestland owner in Oregon and Washington will begin selling seasonal access permits to hunters, horse riders, hikers and other recreators. The Washington state-based company is not the first to charge access fees. But the breadth and high prices it will charge are generating more push back than before. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Guns & Wildlife
6:09 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

How More People Buying Guns Equals More Money For Wildlife

The Pittman-Robertson Act sets an excise tax on rifles, pistols, bullets, and archery equipment to help pay for maintaining healthy wildlife populations.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The run on firearms last year is turning into a windfall for conservation programs in the Northwest. 

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Government Shutdown
6:26 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Federal Shutdown Could Foul Up Waterfowl Season Opener

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Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 6:12 pm

  The partial government shutdown is highlighting all the different ways our lives intersect with the federal government. One category of affected people you might not think of is hunters.

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NPR Story
1:31 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Environmental Group Tries To Sabotage Wolf Hunting Season

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 3:25 am

In Montana and Idaho, wolf hunting season is underway, and an environmental organization known for acts of civil disobedience is trying to disrupt the hunts. Earth First is circulating a manual that details among other things how to dismantle traps. Authorities say some of the tactics are illegal.

Oregon Wolf Plan
6:04 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Oregon Wildlife Commissioners Revise State Wolf Plan

Oregon wildlife managers approved a plan Friday to allow ranchers and wildlife enforcement officers to once again kill wolves that prey livestock. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Gray Wolves
6:33 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Killing Wolves Sparks Heated Debate In Washington Senate

US Fish

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 5:16 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – It would be easier to kill gray wolves that attack livestock or pets under a bill that passed the Washington Senate Friday. Currently, ranchers and property owners can’t kill protected animals, like wolves, without the permission of the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The bill sparked heated debate in the Senate.

Republican state Sen. John Smith said the measure would allow people to defend their animals, including the dog his son loves.

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Big Game Hunting
5:52 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Study: Big Game Is Getting Smaller

Theodore Roosevelt in his buckskin hunting suit around 1885.
Credit Library of Congress

If Teddy Roosevelt were to go big game hunting today, he might bring home slightly less-impressive trophies. That's because, according to a new analysis, the horns and antlers of North American wildlife have shrunk over the last century.

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