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Uncovering mysteries: New research reveals much about life, history of Baranof Island goats

Editor's note: This article first appeared in "Alaska Fish and Wildlife News" and is reprinted with permission.
In Maryland, felt boots blamed for invasive 'rock snot'

MONKTON, Md. - As an algae with a gross nickname invades pristine trout streams across the U.S., Maryland is about to become the first state to enforce a ban on a type of footgear the organism uses to hitchhike from stream to stream: felt-soled fishing boots.
Regional News
Northwest Digest

City OKs $300,000 for gravel quarry; World Affairs Council to host journalist; Replacement named for fishery council; Kenai man pleads guilty to wire fraud; Joshua Wade trial moved to Fairbanks; Fire marshal stops Kenai management; Alaska Old Believers prepare for funerals; Disease kills bighorn lambs in Oregon
Business Digest

Nominees sought for salmon Hall of Fame, Last KIN pub night of the season slated, Vendor permits now accepting applications, Bike to Work Day planned for Friday & Financial Management workshop offered
Wildlife Notebook: On the alert for invasive, potentially destructive snails

As dusk falls on a popular trout stream, an angler in thigh-deep current takes one final cast before wading to the bank. He'd stay until dark, but he has an out-of-state fishing trip planned for the next day and needs to pack his gear. He doesn't know it, but he'll be taking more than his fishing tackle on the trip.
Wandering wolf inspires hope and dread in Ore.

...endangered species restoration program. From trail cameras, radio tracking collar data, and sightings, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife figures the state has at least 23 wolves. All four packs are in the northeastern corner of the state...
BPA to spend $125 million for OR habitat

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration plans to spend more than $125 million to protect fish and wildlife habitat in Oregon's Willamette Valley.
Regional News
Oregon biologists look into moose deaths

...radioed animals this summer, and we could never determine the cause of death," said Pat Matthews, an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist. "So this sort of jumped out as a possibility." A parasite could endanger Oregon's small...
Alaska too big for PSP testing

Testing beaches where shellfish is recreationally harvested for the toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning would be impractical in Alaska, said Seafood Program Manager Robert Pressley, because testing needs to be done frequently and Alaska's coastline is very long. Two Southeast Alaskans died in less than a week of suspected PSP poisoning after consuming personally harvested shellfish. There have been five cases diagnosed across the state, with the other three being in the Kodiak area.
Squid offering a new fishery on Sitka's docks

Sitka fishermen are using snagging hooks to try their luck on what many longtime harbor users say they've never witnessed before - catching California market squid off the dock.


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