Tag Archives: wildlife

Fish are biting, but should people bite back?

April 16, 2014

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For those looking to do a little fishing this year at a national park, it might be a good idea to catch and release. Mercury has been discovered in fish in some of the most remote national park lakes and streams in the western United States and Alaska, according to a release from the National […]

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Got hush puppies? Maryland residents asked to eat catfish

April 10, 2014

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Folks in Maryland are about to find out what Mississippians already know — catfish are tasty — as the state looks to avoid an environmental disaster. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it aims to reduce the number of invasive blue and flathead catfish in the state’s waterways, partly by encouraging people to eat […]

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Extension: Supplemental wildlife feed can harm animals

March 31, 2014

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Offering feed to wildlife is a trend gaining traction in newspaper outdoor columns, outdoor magazines, catalogs, ads and campfire discussions, but the practice can be harmful to wildlife. Manufacturers of such feeds encourage landowners and managers to offer supplemental feeding for a variety of game wildlife species. Simply stated, supplemental feeding is the practice of […]

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Burning and birds — workshops to offer answers

February 3, 2014

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For landowners, foresters and others who have questions about prescribed burning and game bird habitat management can find answers at upcoming events. Mississippi State University is offering land management workshops in Panola and Pike counties. The workshops are designed for landowners, foresters, loggers and wildlife biologists. The MSU Extension Service, Forest and Wildlife Research Center, […]

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Hunters can expect to see bigger bucks as gun season opens

November 22, 2013

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This could be the Year of the Trophy Buck in Mississippi. Mississippi’s white-tailed deer hunting season with guns opens Saturday and runs through Dec. 1. Hunting with dogs is allowed during this season. According to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, the state’s whitetail deer herd is smaller than it was last year […]

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Event to take long look at growing wild hog problem

November 18, 2013

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Wild hogs continue to pose a threat to agriculture and public health in Mississippi, and now an event will address the issue and hopefully come up with some solutions. Mississippi State University Extension Service is sponsoring a seminar in Pontotoc to educate the public on the need to manage the exploding population of wild hogs. […]

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Confused on food plot management for deer? There’s an app for that

October 23, 2013

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Good deer hunters don’t always make for good farmers. Many find themselves needing guidance on the ins and outs of food plot management. Now, Mississippi State University Deer Lab is offering an app for that. Bronson Strickland, a wildlife management specialist with the MSU Extension Service, said he wanted to give people easy access to […]

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Are those mussels legal? Two species now protected

October 2, 2013

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While mussels may be tasty, beware — eating a couple of species is now a federal offense. Two species of freshwater mussels have been designated as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The mussels are only found in portions of the Cumberland and Tennessee River systems. The agency designated 24 critical habitats in […]

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Zoo loses accreditation; location keeping visitors away

September 23, 2013

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Mississippi no longer has a fully-accredited zoo. The national Association of Zoos & Aquariums has pulled its accreditation the Jackson Zoo, which keeps 773 animals on 30 acres next to Livingston Park in west Jackson, though it will keep provisional accreditation during an appeal process that ends in March, according to The Clarion-Ledger. Financial instability […]

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Health Department: Buffalo fish linked to disease

July 10, 2013

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The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming three newly diagnosed cases of Haff disease, a rare but serious illness caused by an unidentified toxin in buffalo fish that can cause a condition called rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdomyolysis is a muscle injury syndrome that causes pain, stiffness and rarely, kidney damage. The three Mississippi cases are members […]

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