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Bahamas Jaws Beach boater likely found in shark
NASSAU, Bahamas -- A boater who disappeared off Jaws Beach -- on an island where one of the "Jaws" movies was filmed -- is likely the person whose remains were found in the belly of a shark, police say. Authorities used fingerprints to identify Judson Newton, although they are still waiting for DNA test results, and are uncertain if he was eaten alive.
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B.C. anglers net massive sturgeon: 'It's ridiculously huge
The sports fishermen who struggled for about 90 minutes to land a Fraser River sturgeon suspected it was big -- but they had no idea how big until they got it to shore near Mission, B.C.
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Natural gas may have jump-started oil eating bugs
WASHINGTON -- Those oil-eating bacteria that suddenly flourished in the Gulf of Mexico following the oil spill may have gotten a jump start from natural gas, scientists say. While the destruction of the Deepwater Horizon well resulted in a massive oil spill, there was also a less noted release of natural gases such as propane and ethane, researchers note in Thursday's online edition of the journal Science.
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Endangered bird dies on longline fishing hook

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- An endangered bird once thought to be extinct has died after being caught on a longline commercial fishing hook in Alaska. The American Bird Conservancy says the short-tailed albatross was killed in the Bering Sea. Federal officials say the death of the 7 1/2-year-old bird is the first such by a U.S. commercial fishing vessel since 1998.
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Shark attack survivors don't forget but do forgive
UNITED NATIONS -- They have the scars and missing limbs that make it hard to forgive, but these victims are tougher than most. And now they want to save their attackers. They are shark attack survivors, a band of nine thrown together in an unlikely and ironic mission to conserve the very creatures that ripped their flesh, tore off their limbs and nearly took their lives.
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Feds make new attempt at delisting Midwest wolves
The federal government is ready to try again to take wolves off the endangered species list in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is publishing a proposal in the Federal Register today calling for public comment on its plan to delist wolves and hand their management back to state and tribal wildlife officials.
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Invasive snakehead fish here to stay in Va., getting closer
MASON NECK, Va. -- This weedy section of the Potomac River, which runs slow and wide past George Washington's Mount Vernon estate, has become snakehead country. Local fishing guides now offer sportsmen a chance to hunt these exotic creatures, which gained Hollywood appeal after being discovered here in 2004 - the so-called "Frankenfish," a cross between eel, snake and piranha that breathes air, bares needlelike teeth and grows to 3 feet long.
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Feds target 60 hunters in Kansas hunting probe
WICHITA, Kan. -- The Justice Department is targeting more than 60 hunters across the nation for allegedly poaching deer during guided hunts at Camp Lone Star in Kansas, a court document shows. The scope of the grand jury investigation, believed to be one of the largest criminal prosecutions involving the illegal taking of deer, was made public in a court filing Monday in the federal government's case against the camp's owner and his brother, both of Martinsville, Texas.
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Women flocking to hunt
Megan Rhode is one of the most enthusiastic hunters you'll ever meet. And she's never killed a thing in her life. Rhode, 25, of Hastings, recently learned how to shoot a shotgun and hopes to harvest her first wild game this fall. She and four other first-time female Canada goose hunters hunkered in a blind Saturday near Chaska, partaking in a women's goose hunt, a new event sponsored by Delta Waterfowl, a waterfowl conservation group.
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Tens of thousands of walruses camp out on Alaska shore because sea ice melting profusely
WASHINGTON -- Tens of thousands of walruses have come ashore in northwest Alaska because the sea ice they normally rest on has melted. Federal scientists say this massive move to shore by walruses is unusual in the United States. But it has happened at least twice before, in 2007 and 2009. In those years Arctic sea ice also was at or near record low levels.
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Found salmon, says mayor accused of poaching
The mayor of a tiny community on Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula insists poaching charges brought against him are unfounded. Melvin Careen, mayor of the St. Mary's Bay community of Point Lance, was one of two people that Newfoundland and Labrador inland fisheries officers charged in late August with poaching.
Read the complete story from CBC News.

Kelso man killed in 'freak' bow-hunting accident
A 50-year-old Kelso man was killed Friday morning while bow-hunting near Toutle in what authorities are calling "a freak accident." According to Cowlitz County Sheriff's Capt. Corey Huffine, Benny White and his hunting partner, a 31-year-old Rainier man, left their pickup truck after spotting an elk about three miles east of Toutle, near the old Green Mountain mill site.
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Soldier lands state record fish
Every angler dreams of catching a state record fish. The vast majority never realize the dream and are content with whatever comes along. But on occasion, a fish of monstrous proportions gets reeled in by a fortunate angler and a state record is broken. Such was the case recently when James M. Moore went fishing. His state record application for a giant wiper (cross between a white bass and striped bass) was approved by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) after a 30-day waiting period making it official.
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Scientists find drugs that may fight bat disease
BOSTON -- Scientists may have found some ways to help the nation's bats, which are being wiped out by a novel fungal disease. Lab tests show that several drugs can fight the germ and that some antiseptics might help decontaminate areas where bats live or the shoes and hands of people who visit them, researchers reported at an infectious-diseases conference Sunday.
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Researchers: Thick coat of oil on Gulf sea floor
NEW ORLEANS -- Researchers say they've found patches of oil believed to be from the BP leak on the Gulf of Mexico sea floor. Some of these are two inches thick. University of Georgia researcher Samantha Joye (JOY) says she and her colleagues have found oil as much as 80 miles from the Deepwater Horizons well.
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Groveland scuba diver to try for world record
GROVELAND -- Allen Sherrod remembers diving into Lake David as a boy when the water was so clear you could see fish swimming several feet below. Today, algae have taken over the south Lake County lake, clouding the water and forming a thick carpet of green goo on the bottom fed mostly by nutrient-rich rainwater flowing in from nearby roads. There is also lots of trash, including gnarled meshes of entangled fishing lines, rusted cans and old car parts.
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Davis' off-day: Bear down
Rays RHP Wade Davis had a successful off-day Thursday, going bear hunting with several staff members and getting one - estimated at 300 pounds and 6 feet - with his crossbow. "I got lucky," Davis said. "It was a great time, a great way to unwind." Davis is somewhat of an outdoorsman, but said this was his first bear. His largest target before Thursday was a 300-pound hog.
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