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Derby leader was fishing for a mermaid
When 6-year-old Tegan Humphrey of Palmer boated a 138.8-pound halibut on Sunday, her mother was proud and impressed. Her father, Charles, who'd helped Tegan crank it from depths of the Pacific Ocean, was tired.

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'Perfect Storm' skipper fined for illegal fishing
ISLE AU HAUT, Maine  Fisherman and author Linda Greenlaw, who survived the nor'easter that was the basis for the book and movie "The Perfect Storm," was fined Tuesday for fishing illegally in Canadian waters.
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Ducks Unlimited welcomes new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director appointee
Ducks Unlimited's more than 1 million supporters should be elated to hear that President Obama intends to nominate Sam D. Hamilton to be the next director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Hamilton, a career senior biologist and manager with the Service, currently serves as director of the agency's Southeast Region. The nomination requires Senate confirmation.
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Moles, not magic, make worm 'grunting' work
TATE'S HELL, Fla.  Gary Revell gets up every morning before sunrise, heads into the woods and grunts. Not because it's so early. It's the term for coaxing worms from the ground by the hundreds to be scooped up and plopped in a tin can until he can sell them for fishing bait.
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Hunting deaths pose challenge for prosecutors
WHEELOCK, Vt.  By the time the game warden arrived, Kevin Kadamus was sitting down and holding his 17-year-old son in his lap, a blanket covering the boy's bloodied body. "He was trying to talk to his son, encouraging him to hang on," Warden David Gregory said.
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More than 500 wild hogs removed from smokies
Wildlife managers at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have removed more than 500 wild hogs this year, the most since 1987. Biologists attribute the increase to several years of bountiful mast. Like black bears, the reproductive rates of wild hogs are highly dependent on good mast crops, especially acorns.
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Feds to list Penobscot salmon as endangered
AUGUSTA, Maine  Federal officials announced Monday that they plan to add all Atlantic salmon populations in the Penobscot, Kennebec and Androscoggin rivers to the Endangered Species List. The decision significantly expands the previous "endangered" designation for Gulf of Maine salmon from eight smaller Maine rivers and the lower stretches of the Penobscot and Kennebec to the entire watersheds of the state's three largest rivers.
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Museum experts ID birds that bring down planes
CHICAGO  When animals are the prime suspects in a whodunit, who gets on the case? In capers where feathers or fur are the smoking guns, the role of CSI is often played by top natural history museums. They can even tell when the perp was from out of town.
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N.D. record buffalo fish caught
North Dakota's newest state record fish wasn't landed with a rod and reel. Joshua Bartz of Bismarck landed the 51-pound, 4-ounce bigmouth buffalo in the Missouri River near Fox Island south of Bismarck with a bow and arrow.

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Gigantic tuna draws crowd in San Diego, but no record
Capt. Andy Cates returned to the atmosphere of a prize fight when he docked the big red and white Red Rooster III at its slip next to H&M Landing yesterday morning, following a 15-day trip to waters more than 1,350 miles south of San Diego.
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Program lets some Long Island anglers pay to avoid fishing ban
Starting tomorrow and for the next 2 1/2 weeks, New York anglers won't be allowed to catch summer flounder, the popular fish also known as fluke that has long been a major engine of Long Island's recreational fishing industry.
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Super snapper would have shattered Alabama record
The huge fish hanging on the scales at Zeke's Marina on Thursday evening drew appreciative nods from those who knew what they were looking at and amazed gasps from those who didn't, said the men who'd caught the fish.
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Potential Ohio record blue catfish caught near Cincinnati
A new Ohio state record blue catfish, Ictalurus furcatus, may have been caught along the Ohio River in southwest Ohio according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
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Two South Carolina fishing records set
COLUMBIA, SC (AP)  Two South Carolina fishing records have been set for blacktip shark and cobia.
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Idaho man catches Wyoming state record bass
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP)  The state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks has confirmed that an 8.8 pound largemouth bass caught on the Noxon Rapids Reservoir is a state record.
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