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Hikers in NH must be prepared _ or pay for rescue
CONCORD, N.H. — Stranded with a sprained ankle on a snow-covered mountain, Eagle Scout Scott Mason put his survival skills to work by sleeping in the crevice of a boulder and jump-starting evergreen fires with hand sanitizer gel.
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"Cheers" star Danson wants WTO to save fisheries
GENEVA — Actor Ted Danson called Thursday for tough limits on subsidies that are promoting overfishing around the globe.
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Fishermen converge on Mass. to protest practices
GLOUCESTER, Mass. — Hundreds of fishermen from the Northeast have gathered in Massachusetts to rally against what they say are "unrealistic" regulations and "dysfunctional" fisheries management.
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2 Mass. fishermen rescued off coast of Cape Cod
BOTSON — Two fishermen who went missing when their boat sank off the coast of Cape Cod have been rescued after about five hours in the water.
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Snowbird manatee flies to balmy Miami for winter
MIAMI — In a journey familiar to retirees but not sea mammals, Ilya the wayward manatee flew south for the winter Thursday after being rescued from a chilly New Jersey creek.
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Tuna ban 'justified' by science
Banning trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna is justified by the extent of their decline, an analysis by scientists advising fisheries regulators suggests.
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Toronto singer dies in coyote attack
TORONTO — Taylor Mitchell, 19, a Toronto singer and songwriter who had just released her first record, was attacked and killed by two coyotes as she hiked alone along the popular Skyline Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
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Hunters kill 11 wolves in first two days of season
Hunters bagged 11 wolves on the first two days of Montana's first statewide wolf hunting season, bringing the year's harvest to 23 animals — or about 30 percent of the quota with a month remaining in the season. Twelve wolves were harvested during a limited early backcountry season that began Sept. 15. The early success of hunters prompted Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials to close southern Montana to wolf hunting.
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Bayou Blue native makes finals of song contest
HOUMA, La. — Bayou Blue native Vic Levron decided it was time to let the rest of the country hear the song he wrote and dedicated to his grandfather. So he submitted his song, "Fishing Hole," to Country Music Television's Music City Madness contest. Nobody was more surprised than Levron, he said, to learn that he is a contest finalist.
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Tired from a tough hike? Rescuers fear yuppie 911
FRESNO, Calif. — Last month two men and their teenage sons tackled one of the world's most unforgiving summertime hikes: the Grand Canyon's parched and searing Royal Arch Loop. Along with bedrolls and freeze-dried food, the inexperienced backpackers carried a personal locator beacon — just in case. In the span of three days, the group pushed the panic button three times, mobilizing helicopters for dangerous, lifesaving rescues inside the steep canyon walls.
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For Yosemite bears, dinner arrives in a minivan
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — What's bigger than a picnic basket and even better than one in the eyes of black bears that live in Yosemite National Park? A study published this month in the Journal of Mammalogy says it's minivans driven by families with children who leave behind a trail of spilled juice boxes, Cheerios and coolers carrying other snacks.
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Shell donates $450k to protect La.'s marine life
BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana's efforts to protect marine life in coastal waters and the Gulf of Mexico have received a boost with a $450,000 donation from Shell.
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Hunter fatally shot in Latimer County accident, charges could come
GOWEN, Okla. — A deer hunter was fatally shot in a Latimer County accident that occurred less than 24 hours after Sheriff Israel Beauchamp, citing the onset of hunting season, greatly reduced the number of people searching for a missing Eufaula family. The shooting happened 25 miles from where the missing family's pickup was found.
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Two hunters dead in Sabine County murder-suicide
Two Houston area men died Sunday afternoon in an apparent murder-suicide after the two hunting buddies' argument turned violent at a Sabine County deer lease, investigators said. Michael Furney, 50, of Clear Lake, was shot and killed about 3:30 p.m. on the porch of his deer hunting camp in northeastern Sabine County, Sheriff Thomas N. Maddox said by phone Monday.
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First hunt also the last for 12-year-old
Matea Huggins isn't even a teenager yet but already she's the star of a hunting tale that would enchant listeners at any Oregon campfire. On Sunday Matea, who's 12, pulled off a feat that fewer than 100 hunters in the state, almost all of them at least twice her age, can boast about.
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Fishing charges against restauranteur
What could be one of the more outrageous fish crimes in Bay Area history — the alleged gillnetting of white sea bass for sale in a restaurant - is going to trial in Marin County after game wardens reportedly caught a man with fish slime on his hands and three 25-pounders at his feet.
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Va. to size up impact of increasing elk population
RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia game officials will study the consequences of increasing the number of Rocky Mountain elk in the state's remote southwest corner, a move opposed by cattle farmers fearful of the spread of disease.
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Fishermen contest plans for Calif. ocean reserves
LONG BEACH, Calif. — There's nothing pacific about the ocean off Southern California these days. A battle over how to establish marine reserves along the coast has roiled the waters with the competing interests of environmentalists, fishermen and seaside businesses.
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