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2010-11-23 13:34:00

Certificates also available for 'First Big Game Harvest' HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To showcase the achievements of successful hunters and trappers, and to promote the Commonwealth's proud hunting and trapping heritage, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is encouraging hunters and trappers to share photos of their success afield in the "Hunter/Trapper Photo Scrapbook" on the agency's website (www.pgc.state.pa.us). The scrapbook, which includes special...

2010-10-15 08:03:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New and expanding opportunities for fishers and bobcats highlight this year's furbearer trapping and hunting seasons, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission officials. After 10 bobcat seasons harvests tempered by specific numbers of permits, the Board established a three-week bobcat season (Dec. 18-Jan. 8 for hunting, and Dec. 18-Jan. 9 for trapping), and provides all furtaker and combination license holders the opportunity to...

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2010-05-09 06:40:00

A Canadian ecologist has discovered the world's largest beaver dam, located in a remote area of northern Alberta, which can be seen from space. Researcher Jean Thie said he used satellite imagery and Google Earth software to find the dam, which is about 2,800 feet long on the southern edge of Wood Buffalo National Park. The average beaver dam in Canada is about 32 to 328 feet long, and it is rare to even see one as big as about 1,640 feet. The dam, which was first discovered in October...

2009-11-10 11:33:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Many of the state's furbearer trapping and hunting seasons are underway and, based on comments from Pennsylvania Game Commission field officers, hunters and trappers should have a good year. The general trapping season -- for coyotes, foxes, raccoons, opossums, skunks and weasels -- opened Oct. 25 and runs through Feb. 21. The season for mink and muskrats is Nov. 21 to Jan. 10; beavers, Dec. 26 to March 31. Raccoon hunting season began...

2009-09-29 15:19:15

Massachusetts Highway Department officials said a pair of tenacious beavers used mud to clog a plastic pipe inserted into their dam to drain a flooded road. The department said workers initially used backhoes to breach the dam in wetlands next to Den Rock Park in Lawrence, but the animals quickly rebuilt the barrier and flooding resumed on Route 114, the Boston Globe reported Tuesday. The officials then inserted the plastic pipe into the dam to allow the water to flow away from the road, but...

2009-07-03 11:37:25

A decrease in California's endangered sea otter population likely means their water has grown more contaminated, scientists said. In a survey taken this spring, 2,654 otters were counted from Point Conception in the Santa Barbara area north to Half Moon Bay, about a 250-mile range, the U.S. Geological Survey said in a release Thursday. The count was the lowest single-year total since 2003, when an estimated 2,200 otters were counted. The sea otters are counted in the spring and fall, with...

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2009-06-15 06:45:00

In up-and-coming industrial nations like China and Russia, growing upper-middle classes have sparked a boom in demand for a number of luxury items.  One of the newest fads "” opulent fur coats made of bobcat pelts "” has triggered fears amongst environmentalists that the elusive cats may become victims of over-trapping as the price for their furs soar in response to exploding demand. A single bobcat hide can now command a market price of up to $550, a reward that has ushered...

2009-05-29 11:33:26

The return of beavers to Britain after 400 years has enthralled conservationists and disgusted at least one property owner who calls them nocturnal rats. Two families of beavers imported from Norway were released into the wild Thursday on the west coast of Scotland, The Daily Telegraph reported. A third family was to be released Friday. The 11 beavers are the survivors of 17 trapped in Norway and kept in quarantine in England since last fall. Six died in quarantine, the Telegraph reported....

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2009-05-29 10:37:13

Beavers are once again living in Scotland after more than 400 years of absence thanks to the Scottish Beaver Trial in Knapdale Forest. The SBT combined efforts from the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. A total of 11 beavers have been introduced to "purpose-built artificial lodges at carefully selected points around the trial site," according to project manager Simon Jones. "They will now gradually gnaw their way out of the lodge at a pace that is...

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2009-05-07 08:52:41

Many of Washington State's sea otters are exposed to the same pathogens responsible for causing disease in marine mammal populations in other parts of the country, according to a study published by researchers from NOAA's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and their partners. While the Washington sea otters do not appear to be suffering negative effects from the pathogens, they still face potential threats from infectious disease due to their...


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Steller Sea Lion, Eumetopias jubatus
2012-11-01 07:34:19

The Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) is a species that can be found in the northern Pacific. It is also known as Steller's sea lion or the northern sea lion and is the only member of its genus, Eumetopias. Its range stretches from Gulf of Alaska to the Sea of Okhotsk and the Kuril Islands in Russia. Its southern range includes Año Nuevo Island near California. Although it once bred as far south as the Channel Islands, it has not been seen there since the 1980’s. Traditionally,...

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2007-06-25 07:44:10

The Muskrat or Musquash, Ondatra zibethicus, is a large aquatic rodent native to North America (Alaska, Canada, United States, northern Mexico), and has been introduced in parts of Europe. In the Mid-Atlantic states it is nicknamed "˜Swamp Bunny'. Muskrats live in wetlands such as ponds, lakes, marshes, and river banks. Adult muskrats weigh up to 3.75 pounds. Adult body length is usually between 9.75 and 15.75 inches long, with a strong, laterally compressed tail 8 to 10 inches long. The...

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2007-01-23 14:07:41

The sea otter (Enhydra lutris) is a large otter native to the North Pacific, from northern Japan and Kamchatka east across the Aleutian Islands south to California. The heaviest of the otters, sea otters are the only species within the genus Enhydra. They were hunted extensively for their luxurious fur. Its estimated that a half million to a million otters were killed over time. The population is thought to have been 150,000 to 300,000 historically before the years of the great hunt....

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2006-12-26 10:31:18

The North American Beaver (Castor canadensis) is a large semi-aquatic rodent native to Canada. Also it is native to most of the United States and parts of northern Mexico. Its fur is dark brown. It has a rounded head, a large flat paddle-shaped tail and webbed hind feet. The unwebbed front paws are smaller, with claws. This is the largest rodent found in North America and the second largest rodent in the world (the largest rodent being the South American capybara). Beavers are mainly...

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2006-12-12 14:44:47

Beavers are semi-aquatic rodents native to North America and Europe. They are the only living members of the family Castoridae. Genetic research has shown the European and North American beaver populations to be distinct species and that hybridization is unlikely. General Beavers are best known for their natural trait of building dams in rivers and streams. They build their homes in the eventual artificial pond. They are the second largest rodents in the world. Beavers continue to...

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