Posts Tagged ‘wildlife’

Bench trial to begin today over land for dusky gopher frog

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge is hearing arguments on the claim that federal wildlife officials made an illegal land grab by listing 1,500 acres of private land in Louisiana as critical habitat for an endangered burrowing frog. U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman scheduled a bench trial today for the challenge to the U.S. […] [...]

Scientists release thousands of red snapper on Ship Island reef

GULF OF MEXICO — More than 2,000 red snapper were recently released on an artificial reef south of Ship Island in order to produce more of this fish that is so popular along the Gulf Coast. Representatives from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Lab participated […] [...]

Wisconsin man pleads guilty to illegal wildlife trapping

ABERDEEN — A Wisconsin man has pleaded guilty to taking illegally harvested wildlife pelts out of Mississippi. Peter Jesunas, 32, of Shiocton, Wisconsin, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate David Sanders in Aberdeen. He was fined $10,000 and ordered not to hunt or trap anywhere worldwide for three years while on probation. He was also ordered […] [...]

Scientist: Gulf dead zone’s size ‘about average’ this year

GULF OF MEXICO — The dead zone — an area off Louisiana where there’s too little oxygen in the Gulf of Mexico to keep sea creatures alive — is about average this year and currently the size of Connecticut, a veteran scientist reported yesterday. The dead zone covered about 5,050 square miles as of Aug. […] [...]

Officials set hunting dates for birds; expands dove season by 20 days

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi wildlife officials have approved dates for the 2014-2015 early hunting seasons for migratory game birds. The early migratory game bird hunting seasons include resident Canada geese, early teal, snipe, woodcock, dove, and rails. This year, early seasons will be similar to recent years with a few minor changes. The most significant […] [...]

Application process begins for federal conservation initiative

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Upper Black Creek Watershed Initiative through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The NRCS and the United States Forest Service (USFS) are partnering to improve the health and resiliency of the forest ecosystems where public and […] [...]

Biologists alarmed as deadly bat disease fungus identified in state

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The fungus that causes a deadly bat disease has been found for the first time in Mississippi, though the disease itself hasn’t been found. State conservation biologist Kathy Shelton says the fungus was in samples collected during the winter from both hibernating bats and their roosts. The disease, called white-nose syndrome, has […] [...]

EPA task force recruits MSU to battle farmland runoff into river

STARKVILLE — A task force established by the Environmental Protection Agency to curtail farmland pollution that flows into the Mississippi River has reached an agreement with 12 universities, including one in Mississippi. The EPA says states already collaborate with universities on local water quality research and agricultural programs but to date there hasn’t been a […] [...]

Five crawfish species to be dropped from endangered list

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Five crawfish species found in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi are still common and have been dropped from a petition asking for them to be listed as endangered, but a sixth needs protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said yesterday. Scientists recommended listing the slenderclaw crawfish, once found in northeastern Alabama and […] [...]

Entergy gives $500K grant to The Nature Conservancy

NEW ORLEANS — Environmental innovators in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas are implementing solutions for the management of the mid-South’s natural and environmental resources through a $500,000 grant from Entergy Corporation to The Nature Conservancy. With support from Entergy’s Environmental Initiatives Fund and other grant programs, the projects are engineered to make a positive difference […] [...]

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