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Off the wire

Montana to at least double '09 wolf-hunt quota
HELENA, Mont. — The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission plans to at least double the number of gray wolves hunters can kill this year.
Read the complete story from The Seattle Times.


Abruptly unemployed fishermen struggling to get by
HOPEDALE, La. — Manuel Meyer was forbidden from dropping his crab traps in the Gulf, and he couldn't just sit at home. He made his way to Breton Sound Marina, hoping to load up on orange plastic boom and somehow help corral the massive oil spill that could doom his livelihood. After five fruitless hours watching other commercial fishermen load up and ship out, he had no choice but to leave. "How do you go home and tell your child, 'You can't eat today because Daddy didn't make no money?'"

Read the complete story from The Associated Press.


Oil spill threatens already weakened wetlands
SHELL BEACH, La. — Battered by hurricanes, weakened by erosion and flood-control projects, the sprawling wetlands that nurture Gulf of Mexico marine life and buffer coastal sites from storm surges now face another stern test as a monster oil slick creeps ever closer.
Read the complete story from The Associated Press.


Montana, Idaho consider increased wolf hunt quotas
BILLINGS, Mont. — Hunters in Montana would be allowed to kill nearly three times as many gray wolves this fall compared with last year's inaugural hunt, under a proposal announced Friday by state wildlife officials.
Read the complete story from The Associated Press.


Man Pleads Guilty to Poaching $23,000 Trophy Buck
West Union, OH — A Scioto County man pled guilty to four wildlife violations in Adams County Court on Friday, April 30 and was ordered to pay $23,572.05 in restitution, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.
Read the complete story from the ODNR Division of Wildlife.


New law pits guns vs. grizzlies in national parks
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The grizzly took Jerry Ruth by surprise, bursting from thick brush and biting his jaw almost completely off.
Read the complete story from the ODNR Division of Wildlife.