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Strickland: Hunters shouldn't fear common deer diseases

STARKVILLE — Hunters who discover sick deer should not be overly concerned, according to a Mississippi State University researcher. Bronson Strickland, wildlife biologist and wildlife management specialist with the MSU Extension Service, writes: “As a wildlife specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, I get many phone calls and emails from hunters during the hunting season asking, “What’s wrong ...

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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 northwestern Georgia, as endangered because ...

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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 in habitat, water purification and ...

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Federal shutdown at end, but too late for Gulf Islands cleanup

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Even though the federal shutdown has ended, Gulf Islands National Seashore is not participating in this Saturday’s Mississippi Coastal Cleanup. Yesterday, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources sent out a news release about the barrier islands being closed for the cleanup. Despite the federal government being reopened late yesterday, the islands will remain closed and will ...

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Deer population having impact on farmland yields

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — While hunters may see Mississippi’s 1.75 million white-tailed deer as potential antlers on their walls, many farmers see reduced crop yields instead. Bronson Strickland, associate Extension professor in the Mississippi State University Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, said the impact of Mississippi’s deer population varies depending on who is asked. “It’s a complicated issue that depends ...

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Scientists warn of possible water shortages; work on solutions

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — When water runs clear and fast from a tap, it’s often hard to believe there could be a challenge for individuals, farmers and communities to keep it clean and plentiful. Joe Street, associate director of the Mississippi State University Extension Service, warned that water supplies could be depleted, even in the South, where rainfall, rivers, streams and ...

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Casino developers given 15-day deadline for lease renewal

D’IBERVILLE — The developers of Oyster Bay Casino have 15 days to renew their lease for Fountain Beach and they say they will. The Sun Herald reports the lease has expired today on the city-owned Back Bay land where the developers want to build a casino. The mayor and City Council voted this week to notify the developers they have ...

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Kids and bugs connect at Mississippi State

They are creepy and crawly, but it seems kids just can’t get enough bugs in their lives. The seventh annual Bugfest was held Sept. 27-28 at Mississippi State University, and drew around 1,000 visitors — almost twice as many as last year, said Pat Drackett, arboretum director. The hands-on event is designed to introduce children and adults to insects and ...

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Are those mussels legal? Two species now protected

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 Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia for ...

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Well spill puts hundreds of gallons of oil in river

WAYNESBORO — Authorities are cleaning up hundreds of gallons of oil that spilled from a well in Wayne County and leaked into the Chickasawhay River. The Clarion-Ledger reports that 945 to 2,362 gallons of oil spilled from a well owned by Logan Oil. The company notified Wayne County officials of the spill on Thursday. Allen Floyd, field director for the Mississippi ...

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