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Wolf negotiations resume, but no consensus
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and governors from three Northern Rockies states resumed negotiations Thursday to remove the region's wolves from the endangered list, but reached no conclusions. Western lawmakers are pushing bills in Congress that would declare the region's 1,700 wolves recovered and no longer in need of federal protections. However, Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal says there still is no consensus on how that should be done.
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Shark maims 4 Russians in Egypt's Red Sea
CAIRO -- An oceanic white tip shark badly mauled four Russian tourists swimming close to their beach hotels in two separate attacks at an Egyptian Red Sea resort, a local conservation official said on Wednesday.
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Governors seek 'road map' for N. Rockies wolves
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- After years of legal wrangling over wolf management, the Obama administration and three governors on Monday discussed crafting an end-game -- including whether Congress should pull the plug on the debate by declaring the animals' numbers have fully recovered in the Northern Rockies.
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Gulf spill fund gets flood of last-minute claims
NEW ORLEANS -- The administrator of a $20 billion fund set up to pay for damages from the Gulf oil spill said he received a flood of last-minute emergency claims before a key deadline ended.
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Wyo. official supports Yellowstone grizzly hunts
POWELL, Wyo. -- A Wyoming wildlife manager says he supports hunting grizzly bears now that the population in the Yellowstone National Park area has reached the highest level in decades. Researchers said last month that more than 600 grizzlies roam the Yellowstone area of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. That's more than three times the number in 1975, when hunting was outlawed and the species was placed on the endangered list.
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No agreement over conflicting wolf rulings
Two seemingly contradictory wolf decisions from two U.S. District Court judges in Wyoming and Montana indicate that it is time to move the wolf debate out of the courts, the head of a regional conservation group said.

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North Idaho sheriff denies raffle targets wolves
GRANGEVILLE, Idaho -- A northern Idaho sheriff said he is not advocating the illegal shooting of federally protected wolves by offering a hunting rifle and a shovel as the prize in a raffle called ".308 SSS Wolf Pack Raffle" in a region where SSS commonly stands for "shoot, shovel and shut up."
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Pensioner lands WR halibut in Iceland
A 70-year-old angler will have no need to visit his local chippie for the foreseeable future - after reeling in a record-breaking halibut that weighed more than 482 pounds. Gunther Hansel spent more than two hours battling with the 8ft 2in flatfish while on a trip to Iceland's Western Fjords.
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Politics, tradition undermine Wis. fight against CWD
The fight against chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin deer is being hampered by politics and the powerful traditions of the state's annual deer hunt, according to officials and wildlife experts with the state Department of Natural Resources.
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Wis. Teen shoot 3 bucks in an hour
HORTONVILLE, Wis. -- A 16-year-old Hortonville girl shot three bucks in about an hour on the opening morning of the 2010 gun deer hunting season. Corissa Wege shot, in order, a 10-point, 13-point and 8-point buck.

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Group votes to keep fishing levels of bluefin tuna stable
PARIS -- International fisheries negotiators agreed Saturday to maintain the 2011 catch of endangered Mediterranean and eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna at essentially the same level as in 2010, eliciting a stinging rebuke from conservationists, who had been calling for a fishing moratorium.
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