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Classroom deer dissection isn't for everyone
EVANSVILLE, Wisc. — Young hunters who attend McKenna Middle School — and other seventh-graders who might glimpse a deer standing in a field — may never again look at the animals in the same way.
Read complete story from Wisconsin State Journal.

World record brown trout verified by IGFA
ROCKFORD — With one world-record fish under his belt, Thomas Healy is not holding his breath for another.

"I have a hard time believing it could happen again tomorrow," said the Rockford man, 66, who caught a 41-pound, 7-ounce, 43.75-inch brown trout in the Big Manistee River in Manistee County in September.
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Record chinook salmon run predicted
SEATTLE, — Idaho fishery managers predict a record return of chinook salmon to the Columbia River in 2010. As many as 470,000 jack chinook are expected, surpassing the record return of 437,900 set in 2001, The Seattle Times reported Saturday.
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12-year-old snaps photos of mountain lion
GOLDEN, Colo. — A 12-year-old boy who was in a car with his parents on Sunday morning used his cell phone camera to capture a pair of photos of a mountain lion in the subdivision where his family lives.
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At West Virginia, the rifle team is a point of pride
MORGANTOWN, W.VA. — More than 60,000 people jam into Milan Puskar Stadium to cheer West Virginia's football team on Saturdays each fall. This winter, 14,000 will pack WVU Coliseum to root on a Mountaineers men's basketball team with Final Four aspirations.
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Aircraft fails to find missing Mt. Hood climbers
GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. — A military helicopter searched upper elevations of Mount Hood on Monday, as rescuers held onto hope that two experienced climbers would be found alive after a third member of their party was discovered dead over the weekend.
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Camera picks up 'Bigfoot' image in Minn.
Tim Kedrowski and his sons, Peter and Casey, are not pushovers for Bigfoot stories, but a frame on a game trail camera set up on their hunting land north of Remer has left them in a quandary.
Read complete story from TwinCities.com.

Suspected thief claims he was protecting animals
DENHAM SPRINGS, La. — A land owner used a decoy camera to help catch a man suspected of stealing other digital game surveillance cameras from his property in Livingston Parish. After his arrest, the man reportedly told detectives he took it to stop the owner from hunting in the area.
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NOAA to move faster to reform commercial fishing
The federal agency in charge of protecting the nation's oceans announced Thursday it is ramping up efforts to expand new rules aimed at lessening the cutthroat competition among fishermen that has threatened dozens of ocean species.
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DNA map shows pandas may lack meat taste buds
BEIJING — Genome mapping showing that pandas may prefer a bamboo-based diet because they can't taste meat could unlock secrets to ensuring the survival of the endangered species.
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Asian carp raises fear and loathing on Great Lakes
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — After nearly four decades as a fishing guide on the Great Lakes, Pat Chrysler has seen enough damage from invasive species to fear what giant, ravenous Asian carp could do to the nation's largest bodies of freshwater.
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Elk concerns halt gas drilling in northeast Wyo.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Environmentalist concerns about elk have prompted the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to suspend coal-bed methane drilling in part of the gas-rich Powder River Basin in northeast Wyoming.
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Feds changing Hawaii swordfish fishery regulations
HONOLULU — The federal government said it will loosen regulations on Hawaii-based longline swordfish fishermen that are designed to protect sea turtles.
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After 30 years, NJ quadriplegic hunter takes aim
CLINTON, N.J. — In a wooded area up a dirt road off an interstate highway, Jamie Cap peers down the sight of his new shotgun at a target about 40 yards away. He adjusts the angle by nudging a toggle switch, then fires.
Read complete story from the Associated Press.