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Hunters' fight to bring polar bear trophies home

When two Lancaster County hunters pulled the triggers on high-powered rifles on successive days in 2008 in the 40-below-zero air of the Arctic Circle, they thought their two polar bear trophies would soon be striking life-size mounts back home.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-08-19/hunters-fight-bring-polar-bear-trophies
State
Judge tosses lawsuit over federal refuge closures

JUNEAU - A federal judge in Alaska has dismissed the state's lawsuit over the closure of national wildlife refuges during the partial federal government shutdown last year. U.S.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-07-31/judge-tosses-lawsuit-over-federal-refug
State
My Turn: Muskoxen are a conservation success

Alaska state wildlife officials announced recently that a special subsistence hunt of muskoxen near Nome has been authorized because a few rogue bulls from the regional wild population of about 150 animals are wandering near and even into town, attacking residents and pets. Normally shy, muskoxen have historically avoided human contact, but some bold individuals may move closer to populated areas to seek protection from predatory wolves and bears.

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-08-08/my-turn-muskoxen-are-conservation-suc
Opinion
At Wrangell, the cause for a grin is a bear

Even bear experts can be startled. On July 25, the guest presenters at this year's Wrangell Bearfest walked through the woods of Anan Wildlife Observatory and came face-to-snout with a black bear sow and her cub.

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-07-30/wrangell-cause-grin-bear
Local
Yukon River king salmon returns see improvement

FAIRBANKS - Alaska fisheries managers said it appears they have achieved their goal of getting a sufficient number of Yukon River king salmon to their Canadian spawning grounds.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-07-28/yukon-river-king-salmon-returns-see-imp
State
Ribbon seal shows up in Prince William Sound

ANCHORAGE - A visitor from the north made an unexpected appearance in Prince William Sound this week.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-07-13/ribbon-seal-shows-prince-william-sound
State
Scientists use CSI-style tests to count Alaska wolf packs

ANCHORAGE - Wedged in a floatplane buzzing low above Prince of Wales Island, scientists sometimes spot the wolves after a good, long rain.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-07-06/scientists-use-csi-style-tests-count-al
State
Agency mulls managing private refuge development

JUNEAU - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering new rules for managing the development of private, state or tribally owned mineral interests within the national...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-05-25/agency-mulls-managing-private-refuge-de
State
Residents prepare to evacuate as fire grows

One by one, planes arrived Thursday to fight the Funny River Horse Trail wildfire that inched closer to homes in Kasilof.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-05-25/residents-prepare-evacuate-fire-grows
State
Native Plant Conservation MOU Renewed in Coordination with Western Governors' Association

The Bureau of Land Management hosted the 2014 Seed Conference this week, to celebrate 20 years of public-private partnerships for native plant conservation.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-07-04/native-plant-conservation-mou-renewe
Outdoors

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