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Illegal to Shoot Black Bear in Alabama

Posted July 4, 2015 By NewsEngine

Heflin, Ala. – After allegedly shooting at a black bear seen in Heflin, Ala., on June 16, 2015, a local man has been charged with breaking the state’s bear protection laws. While classified as a game animal in Alabama, there is no established black bear hunting season in the state. Black bears are also protected by state law due to low population numbers. The shooter was arrested and released pending a court hearing on August 5.

In Alabama, shooting at a black bear is a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a potential minimum fine of $2,000. Other penalties for attempting to take a black bear include the loss of hunting and fishing license privileges for three years and possible jail time.
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Life Jacket Loaner Stations Debut at Lake Pleasant

Posted July 4, 2015 By NewsEngine

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department is working to save lives by preventing drownings at Lake Pleasant with the installation of new Life Jacket Loaner Stations at the lake’s four- and 10-lane boat ramps.

“Boaters needing a life jacket may borrow one from the station, head out onto the lake and return it before they leave,” said AZGFD Boating Safety Education Coordinator Josh Hoffman. “We want people to have a safe, fun time on the water and having enough life jackets on board is one of the best ways to keep boaters and their families safe.”
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Tularemia Infection Suspected

Posted July 4, 2015 By NewsEngine

A case of Tularemia is suspected in a North Pole resident after the man became ill after skinning a potentially infected hare earlier this year. Colorado is reporting the largest outbreak ever in that state, with 11 human cases in May alone. New Mexico is also having an outbreak of human cases.

Tularemia is an infection caused by the Francisella tularensis bacteria. It most often kills hares but can also make people, dogs, and cats seriously ill. While it can be fatal if untreated, it is easily cured if diagnosed quickly and the correct antibiotics are prescribed. The most common signs in people and pets are lethargy with high fever and swollen lymph nodes.
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