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High-school hunter faces expulsion over gun locked in trunk
A teenage hunter in Montana is facing a school hearing in a few days that could derail her college plans, career hopes and even risk her identification as a "domestic terrorist" after she inadvertently parked in a school parking lot with a hunting rifle locked in a case inside her car trunk.
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N.J. bear hunting post record numbers

A record number of bears was killed during the first three days of a six-day statewide hunt. At least 426 bears were killed as of 5 p.m. Thurday and the Department of Environmental Protection is expecting the number to climb -- possibly to as high as 700, or even 1,000 -- from the 7,800 permits issued for the first bear hunt since 2005.
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Hunters kill 264 bears on first day of controversial N.J. hunt
FREDON, N.J. -- Joan Robillard of Boonton was waiting in line Monday to have the bear she shot several hours earlier in Montville weighed and registered. Entering the Whittingham Wildlife Management Area check station shortly after 1 p.m., she and her son, Eddie, were jeered by two dozen protesters who gathered for the first day of New Jersey's first bear hunt in five years. Protesters, including Ken Vassilatos of Pine Bush, N.Y., were chanting "stop the slaughter." One man was arrested.

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Montana governor says wolf deal dead
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Negotiations to remove Northern Rockies gray wolves from the endangered species list hit an impasse Monday, after Wyoming and Idaho refused to go along with an Interior Department proposal on the issue, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer said.
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Court: Wolf data exempt from disclosure
PHOENIX -- Environmental groups are not entitled to specific locations of where wolves have killed cattle, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. In a unanimous decision, the court said the specific data sought by the organizations is exempt from disclosure under the federal Freedom of Information Act. The judge said that means the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which has the information, can keep it secret.
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NJ Supreme Court judge won't stop Monday's bear hunt
A state Supreme Court judge refused on Saturday to stop the state's first black bear hunt since 2005, which is scheduled to begin on Monday. The Animal Protection League of New Jersey and the Bear Education Resource Group had asked the Supreme Court to issue a stay to block the hunt from taking place.
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Minn. man arrested in deer hunting altercation
BAGLEY -- A 51-year-old Breezy Point man was arrested and faces criminal charges in Clearwater County following an Nov. 7 incident in which he is accused of pulling down a tree stand while another hunter was in it. The other hunter later died of internal injuries.
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2 more rare red foxes confirmed in Sierra Nevada
RENO, Nev. -- Federal wildlife biologists have confirmed sightings of two more Sierra Nevada red foxes that once were thought to be extinct. Scientists believe the foxes are related to another that was photographed this summer near Yosemite National Park. More importantly, they say, DNA samples show enough diversity in the Sierra Nevada red foxes to suggest a "fairly strong population" of the animals may secretly be doing quite well in the rugged mountains about 90 miles south of Reno.

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Shark kills German tourist at Egyptian resort
EL-ARISH, Egypt -- A shark tore the arm off an elderly German tourist at an Egyptian Red Sea resort, killing her almost immediately, security and diving officials said Sunday, only days after sharks badly mauled four other European tourists in the waters.
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Scientists aim to map and save endangered habitats
CARACAS, Venezuela -- From mangrove swamps in Venezuela to lowland forests in Indonesia, entire communities of plants and animals are under threat. Now scientists are figuring out how to catalog and map the world's most threatened ecosystems - just like their familiar list of endangered species. Some experts say drawing up a global "Red List" of vanishing ecosystems would help them spot looming crises caused by everything from climate change to the cutting of forests, and would sharpen their focus on areas to conserve.

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