In the field notes: Here’s a roundup of state hunting and fishing news.
Yellowstone Grizzlies No Longer Endangered
Grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem have been taken off the endangered species list, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced earlier this summer it was delisting grizzlies, meaning management is returned to states and tribes. The bear population in the area is conservatively estimated to be 690; a majority live in Wyoming.
“Wyoming, Montana and Idaho all have worked together with partners to have strong management plans in place for this moment,” the Wyoming agency said in a news release.
DNR Traces Source of Fish Kill
Iowa DNR says it will seek action, including fish restitution, against the company allegedly at fault for a fish kill in a small creek in Sioux County. The agency said in a statement that it traced the pollutant source up stream to Hull Coop Association, where an employee reportedly rinse out chemicals after spraying corn.
The rinse water containing fungicide and insecticide flowed into the storm sewer and to the creek a small tributary of the West Branch of the Floyd River, the DNR said. Around 3,600 fish were killed, mostly minnows, chubs and darters,
Attacking Bobcat Positive for Rabies
A bobcat that attacked a large dog and bit a man on the hand in the Anthem Country Club area July 16 tested positive for rabies, Arizona Game and Fish reported.
According to the incident report, the man was bitten while trying to separate his German shepherd from the attacking bobcat around 7:30 a.m. July 16.
Hot Spots for Solar Eclipse
Nebraska Game and Parks has a cool tool on its website that tracks where and when you should be in the state when the 2017 total solar eclipse comes Aug. 21. Nebraska happens to be in a prime spot for viewing. The last total eclipse in the continental U.S. was 1979. Game and Parks’ “The Great American Eclipse” interactive map pinpoints parks within the path of totality and offers tips for viewing.
Rec Red Snapper Open Weekends in August
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced state recreational and federal private recreational red snapper seasons will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 4, including Monday Sept. 4. In Gulf state waters, this change applies to all recreational anglers, including those fishing from for-hire vessels. In Gulf federal waters, the season change only applies to anglers fishing on private recreational vessels. Federally permitted for-hire vessels had a separate season.