Two north Alabama men have been charged with violating Alabama’s invasive species laws. Michael L. Perry, 35, of Jasper, was charged with one count of illegal importation and one count of illegal sale of blueback herring. James M. Blanks, 58, of Crane Hill, was charged with two counts of illegal possession of the same fish.

The men were charged in early August after the discovery of the herring during routine checks by state conservation law enforcement officers on several commercial guide vessels at Lewis Smith Lake. A following investigation revealed that Perry had been importing potentially thousands of blueback herring annually from Georgia.

Both men are commercial fishing guides and are accused of using the herring as bait for striped bass fishing charters. Each man faces the potential for significant fines and jail time.
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LaSalle’s Black Oak Bayou to be waterfowl rest area

Posted August 29, 2015 By NewsEngine

Black Oak Bayou will become LaSalle Fish & Wildlife Area’s new waterfowl resting area, giving waterfowl, shore birds, and other species access to an undisturbed area of the property during their annual migrations.

Located in northwest Indiana, LaSalle FWA maintains almost 3,800 acres of hardwood forests, cropland and fallow fields, marshes, brush and open water. Bisected by the Kankakee River, it is an ideal stopover for migratory birds.

The goal is to reestablish Black Oak as an emergent wetland that mimics the natural rising and falling water levels that the bayou was subject to before it was closed off from the river.
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A person doesn’t need to travel far into the Iowa countryside to know there are a lot of cottontail rabbits out there, which is good news for rabbit hunters.

“Cottontail populations on average are 50 percent higher than we’ve seen over the last 10 years,” said Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “Our cottontail populations remain strong statewide with the highest densities in southeast Iowa.”

Iowa’s cottontail rabbit population estimate is part of the August roadside survey that will be available online in early September at www.iowadnr.gov/pheasantsurvey.
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