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Woman, 60, in serious condition after shark bite

BRISBANE, Australia — A 60-year-old woman is in serious condition after being bitten by a shark off northeastern Australia and losing several pints (liters) of blood.

Read the complete story in the Associated Press.


Student was having a "golden" day before being shot in head

Ryan Byrnes loves fishing so much that he left Phoenix to spend winters at college in Ely, Minn., where walleye are practically a snowball's throw from his classrooms. Wednesday night he got an ice-fishing experience he'll never forget: First, he caught his first walleye ever. Second, he got shot in the head.
Read complete story from The Star Tribune.


Fishermen say federal law kills jobs

BOSTON — Fishermen from around the country are planning to pack the steps in front of the U.S. Capitol this month to demand changes to a federal fisheries law they say is killing jobs and eroding fishing communities.
Read complete story from The Associated Press.


Iowa lawmaker tells PETA not to have a cow over raccoon kill

Rep. Steve King didn't back down from a home-invading raccoon and now he's not backing down from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which blasted the Iowa Republican for tweeting about fatally shooting the animal. On Tuesday, the animal welfare group challenged the Iowa Republican to "pick on someone your own size, not a small animal seeking warmth in a blizzard."
Read complete story from Fox News.


Wildlife officials search for carp in Chicago area

CICERO, Ill. —Armed with sprawling fishing nets and boats equipped with electric prods, state and federal fisheries biologists began a "search-and-destroy" mission in Chicago-area waterways Wednesday aimed at rooting out the dreaded Asian carp.
Read complete story from The Associated Press.


Poacher sentenced in killing of tame Oklahoma deer

A judge Wednesday ordered a poacher to pay $33,000 in restitution for killing "Pretty Boy," a tame white-tailed breeder buck, in a pen.
Justin Ray McDaniel, 25, of Newalla, also was put on probation for 10 years and must spend 10 days over weekends at a private lockup facility.

Read complete story at newsok.com.


DNA evidence helps solve poaching case

ENTERPRISE — In a first for Oregon, DNA evidence was used to help win convictions in a crime against wildlife. Oregon State Police Lt. Randy Scorby said Tuesday that DNA from an elk illegally killed in November 2007 matched DNA found on a hatchet and plastic packaging seized from the homes of two suspects.

Read complete story at outdoorpressroom.com.