Off the wire

2 men who filmed Namibia seal hunt convicted
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Two foreign journalists who were arrested in Namibia while filming the clubbing of seals were convicted Friday of entering a protected marine area without a permit.
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Man uses chain saw in Wyo. mountain lion attack
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Colorado man used a chain saw to fight off a mountain lion that attacked him during a camping trip with his wife and two toddlers in northwestern Wyoming.
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Penn. hunter faces trial in shooting
BELLEFONTE — A man who is accused of mistakenly shooting a Boalsburg woman while hunting for turkey on May 13 will face trial on charges he failed to identify his target or help the woman after the shooting.
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Shoreline fishing not free any more in Florida
MANATEE — The tide is running out on the long-cherished right of Floridians to fish without a license from any of the state's saltwater beaches
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Bay City anglers land leviathan grouper
Four men fishing out of Bay City Lodge the morning of June 25 landed a leviathan-size Warsaw grouper that arguably eclipsed the world record of 436 pounds, 12 ounces, set by Capt. Steve Haeusler, fishing out of Destin on Dec. 22, 1985.
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Omaha man catches world-record fish
OMAHA — Something was robbing chunks of bluegill off Matt Watson's hook. More than once while fishing for catfish from a boat in a sand pit early Thursday morning, Watson felt a gentle tapping on his baited line. When he reeled in, the bait was gone.
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Hunts sought to kill pythons in Fla. Everglades
MIAMI (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson called Tuesday for organized hunts of thousands of pythons believed to be living in the Everglades to kill the snakes and prevent potential attacks.
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Bow and arrow take down ugly 79-pound fish in Iowa
Tracy Seaton hunts frightfully ugly fish. One is so enormous that if landed it might scare small children and break a world record.
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Idaho poachers receive lifetime hunting ban in two separate incidents
Idaho judges are handing down stiff sentences to poachers. In two separate incidents, state magistrates imposed lifetime hunting bans on individuals convicted of illegally killing deer.
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Feds ban West Coast krill fishing to save it for the whales
No one fishes for krill off the West Coast, and federal fisheries managers want to keep it that way so the tiny shrimp-like creatures remain as plentiful as possible as food for whales, salmon, and seabirds.
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Kenya seizes ivory, rhino horn heading to Asia
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya seized more than 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of illegal ivory and black rhinoceros horn — some of it still bloody — on a cargo plane headed to Asia on Tuesday, wildlife officials said.
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68.6-pounder wins Okie Noodling Tournament
ALL IT TAKES is boating and swimming and probing your local fishing holes every night for a couple of weeks, just two or three times a week prior to that, and then spending a couple hours under water, blind, groping around in the mud to catch an angry catfish with a head as wide as an average man's chest.
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Controlling wily coyotes? Still no easy answers
MILLVILLE, Utah — Coyotes are often unwelcome guests, whether they're prowling city parks, stalking the prairies or roaming the modern American suburb. Usually they forage for food, snarf down a rodent or two and disappear into the night.
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Boston airport tests radar to avoid bird strikes
BOSTON — Logan International Airport is testing a specialized radar system the Air Force uses to protect its fighters and NASA uses to guard its $2 billion shuttles, as it considers stepping up its efforts at preventing collisions between birds and airplanes.
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WA teen who mistook hiker for bear gets 30 days
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — A teenage hunter who shot and killed a hiker he mistook for a bear has been sentenced to 30 days in juvenile detention and 120 hours of community service.
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Searchers shovel Northwest dirt seeking giant worm
MOSCOW, Idaho — The giant Palouse earthworm has taken on mythic qualities in this vast agricultural region that stretches from eastern Washington into the Idaho panhandle - its very name evoking the fictional sandworms from "Dune" or those vicious creatures from the movie "Tremors."
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Fast-growing kelp invades San Francisco Bay
SAN FRANCISCO — A fast-growing kelp from the Far East has spread along the California coast from Los Angeles to San Francisco Bay, worrying marine scientists and outpacing eradication efforts.
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Grant aims to retrieve fishermens' lost crab pots
NEWPORT, Ore. — During his 35 years as a commercial fisherman, Jeff Feldner lost his share of crab pots when storms blew them out of position, a passing boat propeller sheared off the buoy, or a bank of kelp overwhelmed everything and dragged it away.
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