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Pa. warden probing night hunting is killed
GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- A game warden investigating possible nighttime hunting and poaching was shot to death, and police took a man with a history of burglary convictions into custody following an 11-hour search.
Read the complete story from The Associated Press.

Turkeys terrorize Staten Island residents
One slice of Staten Island isn't giving thanks for its turkey this holiday season because the wild fowl are rampaging across the neighborhood. The menacing flock is ruffling feathers in Ocean Breeze by tying up traffic, covering yards with excrement -- even trapping one terrified woman in her car.
Read the complete story from the NY Daily News.

Students suspended for hunting firearms at school
Two high school students in Fergus Falls, Minn., have been suspended after firearms intended for hunting were discovered in their vehicles while parked Monday on school grounds. Police liaison officer Kevin Sonstebo was patrolling a school parking lot at Kennedy Secondary School and checking for parking permits when he noticed firearms stored in two different pickup trucks.

Read the complete story from St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Detail emerge in Montana poaching case
A Central Florida construction company owner cut off the legs of a dead elk with a chainsaw for a photo opportunity while hunting in Montana, new documents allege. Wildwood businessman James "Ike" Rainey, owner of the Rainey Construction Co., is one of eight defendants who were charged with felony poaching violations in Montana last week.
Read the complete story from the SunSentinel.com.

Wis. man may have shot state record buck

Brian Inda of Wautoma, Wis., cut out of work early and killed a potential state record for a typical whitetail taken with archery equipment. When measured by a certified scorer, it tallied a gross score of 198 2/8 inches and a net of 188 2/8. The state mark is 187 2/8, taken in Dunn County in 2006 by Barry Rose of Elmwood. The world record typical whitetail scored 204 4/8 inches.

Read the complete story from outdoor writer Doug Smith in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Girl, 13, hooks possible WR striper

Juliana Merighi of Vineland, N.J., landed a 58-pound striped bass in the Delaware Bay off Cape May County a couple of weeks ago, and as a result she may have broken the junior female record of 47 pounds for a striped bass.

Read the complete story from nbc.philadelphia.com.

Researcher: Fish numbers triple after oil spill fishing closures
GULF OF MEXICO -- Scientists are starting to believe the most powerful environmental effect stemming from the BP oil spill may have nothing to do with the millions of gallons of petroleum loosed in the Gulf of Mexico. Instead, ongoing research suggests the federal closure of the richest portion of the Gulf to all fishing through the spring and summer months resulted in dramatic increases in the abundance of numerous marine creatures, from shrimp to sharks.

Read the complete story from AL.com.

Study shows oil eaten, in the food web
WASHINGTON -- Scientists say they have for the first time tracked how certain nontoxic elements of oil from the BP spill quickly became dinner for plankton, entering the food web in the Gulf of Mexico. The new study sheds light on two key questions about the aftermath of the 172 million-gallon spill in April: What happened to the oil that once covered the water's surface and will it work its way into the diets of Gulf marine life?

Read the complete story from The Associated Press.

Scientists find damage to coral near BP well
NEW ORLEANS -- For the first time, federal scientists have found damage to deep sea coral and other marine life on the ocean floor several miles from the blown-out BP well -- a strong indication that damage from the spill could be significantly greater than officials had previously acknowledged.
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Black market loots the seas of bluefin
Along the Mediterranean coast of France, in the city of Montpellier, prosecutors are quietly putting on trial an ancient French tradition -- the fishing and trading of the majestic Eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna, a sushi delicacy sold in restaurants from New York to Tokyo. The still-secret proceedings accuse some of France's most prominent fishing masters of illegally catching several hundred tons of the prized bluefin, a fish so severely plundered in the Mediterranean that this year it was proposed for listing as an endangered species alongside panda bears.
Read the complete story from euobserver.com.

Kurita reportedly picks buyer of world record
In August, World Fishing Network's announcement of Manabu Kurita world record largemouth bass being for sale hit the airways. The internet chatter generated over what a world record mount would command was immense. Much has emerged around offers and interest since the first announcement. There have been inquiries domestically and abroad.
Read the complete story from wfn.tv.com.