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Deer hunts hunter, but loses the duel
Scott Webb, 41, of Ecru had a deer hunt to remember recently when he came face to face with an agitated seven-point buck. Curtis, who was hunting near Water Valley, says he was "attacked" by the buck while standing alongside a field. "He came straight at me before I knew what was going on," said Curtis, a stay-at-home dad with four children. "I tried to get my rifle up but it was on safety, and I just didn't have time before he was on me."
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Elusive, destructive wolf killed
A wolf responsible for killing sheep and goats while eluding federal trappers for four months was shot and killed from a helicopter Friday morning north of Reed Point.
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Removing cats to protect birds backfires on island
It seemed like a good idea at the time: Remove all the feral cats from a famous Australian island to save the native seabirds.

But the decision to eradicate the felines from Macquarie island allowed the rabbit population to explode and, in turn, destroy much of its fragile vegetation that birds depend on for cover, researchers said Tuesday.
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Raccoon: It's what's for dinner
He rolls into the parking lot of Leon's Thriftway in an old, maroon Impala with a trunk full of frozen meat.
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Senate boosts wilderness protection across US
In a rare Sunday session, the Senate advanced legislation that would set aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as wilderness. Majority Democrats assembled more than enough votes to overcome GOP stalling tactics in an early showdown for the new Congress.
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Rare 'dinky' bird migrates to US for first time
Birders with binoculars and cameras are flocking to a remote state park in search of a small yellow-chested bird that apparently crossed the U.S. border for the first time from its high-mountain habitat to the south.
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Carp barrier might be activated this month
The Chicago District commander of the Army Corps of Engineers, Col. Vincent Quarles, on Thursday told about 50 experts in the fight to keep the monstrous Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes that he will do what it takes to get the job done — including turning on the corps' new $9 million fish barrier by Jan. 30.
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Antler thieves so far buck the authorities
Apparently, the buck stops here. So do the antler thieves.

Authorities in Macoupin and Jersey counties say at least 89 deer and elk antlers have been stolen from homes during burglaries since mid-November.
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Great-grandma, 90, bags first deer
Helon "Cissy" Rodabough didn't take long to go from never having "had a gun in my hand" to killing her first deer.
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Baby moose falls through Spokane family's window
A Spokane family got a surprise arrival when a moose calf fell through a basement window and into a bedroom. The Spokesman Review reported that the baby moose was apparently foraging in the shallower snow close to the house when it fell into a deep window well on Thursday. As it tried to get out and join its mother and sibling, the moose kicked in the window and ended up trapped in the bedroom.
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