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    PNS Daily News - October 7, 20160 

    Today’s news features a variety of issues including: the largest one-time release of prisoners announced by the Justice Department; new projects aim to stem catastrophic wildfires; and why kids around the globe are putting on their walking shoes today.

Animal Welfare

The environmental group Speak Up Wekiva is going to court today to stop Florida's first bear hunt in 21 years. Credit: John Staton/iStockphoto.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Wildlife advocates are going before Florida's 2nd Judicial Circuit in Tallahassee today to ask Judge George Reynolds to halt Florida's first bear hunt in 21 years. The organization Speak Up Wekiva, named for the Wekiva River and nearby Wekiva Springs in Seminole County, sa ...Read More

The rusty patched bumble bee used to be common in parts of the state, but has seen its population plummet in recent years. Courtesy: Rich Hatfield/The Xerces Society

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Protections could be on the way for a bumblebee that used to be commonly found in parts of Minnesota and across the Upper Midwest, but is now threatened with extinction. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has begun a year-long review to determine if an Endangered Species Ac ...Read More

Local residents look on as Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife biologists outfit a sedated cougar with a GPS collar for their long-term research. Credit: Bill Hebner

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee is being asked to intervene in a dispute between the state Fish and Wildlife Commission and eight groups advocating for Washington's cougar population. The commission decided this spring to increase the percentage of cougars that can be hunted in some areas. The gr ...Read More

The Tennessee Department of Health and the USDA are working together to distribute rabies vaccination packets for raccoons over the next couple of weeks in parts of Tennessee. Credit: ciconroy/

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - If you took a hike in the wilderness this weekend, you may have noticed little blocks or packets on the ground. Those are actually vaccine packets. The Tennessee Department of Health is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to distribute them to 20 counties to help ...Read More

A Hudson Valley nonprofit partners with local farms to provide fresh, locally produced milk to schools in the Taconic Hills Central School District, but its ultimate goal is to produce more farmers as well. Credit: Matthew Green/

COPAKE, N.Y. - The founders of the New York nonprofit FarmOn! Foundation, say they're on a mission to bring fresh food from New York's farms to school lunch tables. Their "Milk Money Local Milk Initiative" provides what the group says is higher-quality milk from local farms to eight school distri ...Read More

Gray whales can drown when caught in a drift gillnet. Monday, the feds put swordfishermen who use the nets on notice. Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

SAN DIEGO – The federal government put California swordfishermen on notice Monday, warning they'll be banned if they continue to inadvertently catch endangered species, whales, dolphins and sea turtles in their nets. The Pacific Fishery Management Council set caps on the number of marine mam ...Read More

Another outbreak of avian influenza could hit this fall, after nearly 50-million birds were lost with the spring eruption of the disease. Credit: Bart Sadowski.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the poultry industry in Minnesota and across the Midwest works to rebound from the spring outbreak of avian influenza, there are predictions that another round of the disease will hit this fall. Dale Wiehoff, director of communications for the Institute for Agriculture a ...Read More

Four captive-hunting preserves in Indiana are operating under a court injunction. Credit: Eric Berthe/Morguefile

INDIANAPOLIS – The killing of a beloved lion by an American hunter in Africa sparked global outrage this summer, and it's also bringing to light the issue of captive, or canned, hunting in Indiana and other states. In these hunts, shooters pay to kill animals trapped behind fences. In other ...Read More

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