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Huge sturgeon carcass surfaces at Lake Shasta
Dan Frost had never even seen a sturgeon in the wild, let alone picked up a 7-footer to pose for a photo. But that's exactly what happened when the 34-year-old Shasta Lake man happened upon a sturgeon carcass during a bass fishing tournament at Lake Shasta.

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Lawsuits over wolf hunting filed in Mont., Wyo.
BILLINGS, Mont. — A pair of federal judges will decide which states in the Northern Rockies have enough gray wolves to allow public hunting, as the bitter debate over the region's wolves heads to courts in Wyoming and Montana.
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Hunter, 14, guilty in death on Wash. hiking trail
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — A teen hunter has been convicted of second-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting a hiker he had mistaken for a bear on a popular Washington state trail.

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Saying food is in short supply, fishermen talk of flouting rules
Fishermen on the lower Yukon River will get the king salmon they need to feed their families, even if it means getting a ticket or going to jail, two Native leaders said. State and federal wildlife managers tightened the rules on subsistence fishing this summer, a "last-resort" decision to boost the number of kings returning to spawning grounds, said Steve Hayes, who manages the run for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
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Ted Williams memorabilia stolen from NH auction
SWANZEY, N.H. — Ted Williams' fishing license and personal notes on local fishing holes have been swiped during an auction preview in New Hampshire.
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Forest Service: $228M to fix roads, bridges
WASHINGTON — National forest roads and bridges in 31 states will get long-needed repairs under an economic stimulus spending plan announced by the Obama administration.
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Film warns of "world without fish"
They are dramatic images to make a dramatic point. The End of the Line is a film packed with footage of big-scale fishing in oceans around the world. The work is efficient, modern, industrial and, according to the film makers, unsustainable.
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Villagers denounce Yukon King closures
In villages along the Lower Yukon River, people are waiting for chinook salmon to start returning in the coming weeks. The fish have long provided food and money in one of Alaska's most cash-poor regions.
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Minn. buys 6.900 more acres for public recreation, thanks to outdoors fund
Minnesotans will see an additional 6,200 acres of new public lands for hunting, hiking, wildlife watching and other activities under the Clean Water, Land and Legacy bill recently signed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. The prairie, wetland and forest land acquisitions are scattered among the 19 projects that will be funded, beginning this summer under the $70 million Outdoor Heritage Fund, which represents one-third of the added sales taxes revenue approved last fall by voters.
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Anglers do their best to save money
The tough economy has everyone looking to save money. Including anglers. Minnesota fishing license sales so far this year show some frugal trends: Anglers have bought more one-day fishing licenses — 4,465 — than anytime over the past 10 years. Sales are up about 500 from last year and more than 1,000 from 2002.
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Guilty plea in wild turkey bust
It wasn't the familiar undercover sting operation, the buy-bust with plain-clothed agents playing the part of lawbreakers. It was eight Pennsylvania wild turkeys being offered for sale at $100 a bird during a clandestine meeting just off Interstate 83 near Shrewsbury in March.

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Man has too-close encounter with bobcat
After 12 years of hunting turkeys, Rick Donati has gotten so good at imitating them that a bobcat mistook him for one. He's got the scars to prove it. Donati, 49, of Gardner, Mass., is believed to be one of very few people ever attacked by a presumably healthy bobcat.
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Boulder County man shoots, kills mountain lion
BOULDER, Colo. — A resident shot and killed a mountain lion in the backyard of his home in the foothills northwest of Boulder on Sunday afternoon after the cougar attacked his dog, according to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office.
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Jet makes emergency landing in Fairbanks after striking flock of ducks
FAIRBANKS — A Boeing 737-700 carrying 135 oil field workers to Deadhorse hit a flock of ducks, cracking the windshield and forcing the pilot to abruptly land in Fairbanks on Thursday, according to a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman.
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Poaching troopers fired pending hearing
Cheboygan, Mich. — Two Michigan State Troopers from the Cheboygan Post who served brief jail sentences and were reassigned after admitting to poaching deer while on duty have lost their jobs, pending an arbitration hearing.
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Precision rescue casts Sandy River fisherman as hero
Don Elder of Gresham didn't expect to catch anything Sunday afternoon when he waded through the crowd at Oxbow Regional Park and into the Sandy River to practice his fly-casting technique. But three people he pulled to the shoreline with a bright chartreuse and orange, salmon-strength class fly line are thankful he's getting better.
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