Officials: Wolf kills border collie herding sheep
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Federal officials say a wolf killed a border collie herding sheep in the Boise foothills.
Todd Grimm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services says the attack occurred May 8 in the Upper Hulls Gulch area as the dog helped herd sheep to the Boise National Forest.
Grimm tells the Idaho Statesman that bite marks indicate a wolf kill.
Frank Shirts owned the border collie named Teson that he says was valued at $500.
Grimm says Wildlife Services used helicopters to search for wolves in the area but didn't find any. He says there are likely individual wolves roaming the area rather than a pack.
But sheep herders say they've heard several wolves howling and seen at least four wolves and pups.
Maine lobsterman charged with 'egregious' haul
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Stonington lobsterman illegally harvested hundreds of undersized and protected lobsters in what the Maine Marine Patrol on Tuesday called the most egregious such case in more than 25 years.
The marine patrol said Theodore Gray possessed 269 undersized lobsters and 123 known breeding lobsters.
The illegal haul was "one of the most egregious violations I have seen," Marine Patrol Maj. Jon Cornish said in a statement. Maine law requires lobsters less than 3 1/4 inches be released.
"This law ensures that young lobsters can mature and reproduce, which is key to the sustainable health of the fishery," marine patrol Lt. Jay Carroll said.
Gray, 34, faces jail time and a maximum fine of more than $100,000 if convicted. A message left at his home was not immediately returned.
Maine law says fishermen who catch female lobsters with eggs must use a "v-notch" tool or knife to remove a quarter-inch-deep piece of flipper from the animal. The notch extends the lobster's protection beyond the hatching of its eggs, officials said.
2 convicted of bear trap tampering in Nevada
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A mother and her adult daughter have been convicted of tampering with a bear trap at Lake Tahoe in an effort to thwart wildlife officials' efforts to capture the animals.
It's the first such case prosecuted in Nevada, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported in Tuesday's editions.
Cheryl Ann Morrison, 63, of Truckee, California, and Season Morrison, 35, of Reno each now face up to $3,000 in fines - $1,500 for each of two misdemeanors.
Incline Village Justice Court Judge E. Alan Tiras found them guilty of obstructing or interfering with a Nevada Department of Wildlife officer and tampering with a vehicle.
The two women admitted during a daylong trial last month they deliberately tripped a bear trap set to capture a black bear that was becoming a nuisance in October. They said they thought state wildlife officials had set the trap illegally but the judge disagreed.
Driver hits mother seal on Washington beach
OCEAN PARK, Wash. (AP) - A beach driver ran over a mother harbor seal in the dunes at Ocean Park on the Washington coast causing a fatal injury.
KBKW reports local wildlife rescuers spotted the seal and newborn resting April 20 and put signs on the beach to alert drivers to avoid the area. But the next morning they found the mother had been hit. She was paralyzed and had to be euthanized. Her pup was gone.
Harming a harbor seal is a violation of the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act and anyone with information about this case is asked to call the NOAA fisheries hotline at 1-800-853-1964.
In addition, the Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the conviction of the driver.