CHATFIELD, Minn. – Steep hills, hardwood forests, narrow valleys and scattered farm fields define the village outskirts of Money Creek, a corner of the Driftless Area in northeastern Houston County stitched together by dirt roads. Craig Ihrke has hunted Minnesota whitetails there for 32 years, about 9 miles from the Wisconsin border at La Crescent. The venison has a regular place on his family's dinner table, served with an extra sense of pride that it was brought to fork from a life of living close to the land. Unbeknown to Ihrke's family and friends this fall, chronic wasting disease (CWD) was lurking in their woods. Hunting on 320 acres, the clan shot a dozen deer — dutifully hanging them in the cold for butchering on the day after Thanksgiving. Along the way, they treated themselves to meals of fresh tenderloins. "That's how we do it every year,'' Ihrke said. Craig's son Luke is a 16-year-old wrestler at Chatfield High School and a veteran of the group's deer camp. He … [Read more...] about A young Driftless Area hunter shoots a dead deer walking
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.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... AlertMe ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Given a choice between giving birth on land or sea ice, Pacific walrus mothers most often choose ice. Likewise, they prefer sea ice for molting, mating, nursing and resting between dives for food. Trouble is, as the century progresses, there’s going to be far less ice around. ADVERTISEMENTSkip How well walruses cope with less sea ice is at the heart of a legal fight over whether walruses should be listed as a threatened species, giving them an added protection against human encroachments. The federal government in 2008 listed polar bears as a threatened species because of diminished sea ice brought on by climate warming. That year the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned to do the same for walruses. However, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife … [Read more...] about As sea ice melts, some say walruses need better protection
Matthew Brown, Associated Press Updated 3:13 pm PDT, Wednesday, September 26, 2018 FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2013 photo, a grizzly bear cub rests near a cabin a few miles from the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Mont. A court ruling Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, that blocked grizzly bear hunts in the U.S. West carries far wider political implications amid a push by Congress for sweeping changes to how imperiled species are managed. (Alan Rogers/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File) less FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2013 photo, a grizzly bear cub rests near a cabin a few miles from the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Mont. A court ruling Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, that blocked ... more Photo: Alan Rogers, AP FILE - In this July 16, 2004, file photo, is a gray wolf at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. A court ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts in the … [Read more...] about Congress seeks species law changes after grizzly hunt barred
If we were to collectively look at the Colorado Rapids’ areas of necessary improvement, we could all agree their ability to score goals (or lack thereof) being at the top of the list. The 24 goals they’ve tallied in 20 games this season are the second fewest in MLS behind the Seattle Sounders, who are still three points ahead of Colorado in the Western Conference standings. Seven of the Rapids’ goals were scored by forward Dominique Badji, who was traded Sunday to FC Dallas for midfielder Kellyn Acosta. The move, which Colorado general manager Padraig Smith is confident will position the Rapids better for a run at an MLS Cup (though, let’s be honest, not this season), is still met with some skepticism. Behind Badji, the Rapids’ leading goal scorer was Joe Mason (3), but he’s since left the team and joined English club Wolverhampton Wanderers. Defenders Edgar Castillo and Tommy Smith and forward Jack McBean have two goals apiece and no … [Read more...] about Denver Sports Omelette: The Rapids traded away their leading scorer. Why isn’t GM Padraig Smith worried?
LAKE OKEECHOBEE — In Florida's midterm elections, draining the swamp has suddenly taken on a new and uncomfortable meaning.As waves of green continued to drift on the surface of Lake Okeechobee toward its eastern shores Wednesday, toxic algae congealed around boats at the Pahokee Marina and piled against the Port Mayaca Lock and Dam, increasingly consuming the oxygen in the water — and the air in statewide campaigns as candidates scramble to cast blame and promise change."This is something that was totally avoidable," said Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Greene, who chartered a red Bell 407 helicopter out of Palm Beach International Airport on Wednesday to view the lake from 400 feet. "You should send a picture to the people of Port St. Lucie. Headline: Coming soon to a river near you. Thank you, Governor Scott."RELATED: Florida's summertime slime fueled by climate change as well as pollutionFed by heavy May rains, government inaction and a toxic combination of … [Read more...] about Florida’s politicians use slimy algae to muddy each other