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Port Saint Lucie pacu eclipsed world record
Saturday morning, Chauncelor Howell and Mike Iania went to River Park on Prima Vista Boulevard with the hopes of catching a couple of fish. What they never expected was to find one of the largest specimens ever seen of a fish native to South America's Amazon River. Howell arrived at the park at 7 a.m. with his fishing tackle ready to fish the St. Lucie River's North Fork. Then he saw something that caught his eye.

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More deer test positive for CWD
West Virginia wildlife officials say they're "not pleased, but not surprised" to learn that 16 additional Hampshire County deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The infected whitetails were among 1,091 killed during the Hampshire County's 2009 buck-hunting season. Division of Natural Resources officials set up special game-checking stations to take tissue samples from hunter-killed deer and have them tested.
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Save the tiger: pressure mounts for tougher action
HUAI KHA KHEANG WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, Thailand — After trudging through the wilds of western Thailand for several hours, the forest rangers thought they were finally onto something: the distant sound of crunching leaves. Automatic weapons drawn, the five Thais crept forward, hoping to catch a tiger poacher. It turned out to be a banteng, a wild cow, which disappeared into the woods.
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Plan for gun ban at Colorado State unveiled
Colorado State University administrators released a draft weapons-control policy Wednesday that would ban all firearms from campus. And while CSU's Board of Governors is expected to enact the policy at its Feb. 23 meeting, student leaders say they won't give up their right to carry concealed weapons on the Fort Collins and Pueblo campuses without having another say in the issue.
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Program gives veterans deer-hunting exemption
MADISON, Wis. — State lawmakers have approved a special gun deer hunt for Wisconsin soldiers who missed the regular hunt because they were overseas. The program announced Friday will link returning soldiers with landowners whose crops are being damaged by nuisance deer.
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Blind grandmother's record-breaking fish 'weighed two Cheryl Coles'
The 56 year-old, from Wandsworth, southwest London, was nearly dragged into the river when the monster catfish took her bait. Mrs Penfold, who is 5 feet, 3 inches tall, used a bait of halibut pellets to snare the 8-foot, 2-inch long catfish on the River Ebro near Barcelona.
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North Ogden lawmaker Allen Christensen says wandering wolves not welcome
SALT LAKE CITY — Gray wolves are a rare sight in Utah, and a state lawmaker wants to make sure it stays that way. Sen. Allen Christensen, R-North Ogden, has proposed a bill that would require state wildlife officials to capture or kill all wild wolves that wander into Utah — even those in areas where they're protected by the federal Endangered Species Act.
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Expulsion for gun in truck overturned by education board
In the end, the case of a Willows teenager expelled for having hunting guns in his pickup truck parked next to campus didn't focus on gun rights. It became a question of whether the authority of school officials to enforce the state's Education Code extended to the school fence — or a sidewalk's width beyond it.

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