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Wyoming A Boone & Crockett Club mountain goat that scored 51-2/8 taken in 2010 is a new state record. There were 24 permits issued in three mountain goat hunting areas in 2010.

New Hampshire Hunters took 707 bears from a population estimate of 5,000 during the 2010 season. The harvest was the third highest in the state’s history.

Florida The more than 25 ducks found dead at a lake in St. Petersburg last spring died from duck plague (duck virus enteritis). This highly contagious disease causes internal bleeding and diarrhea. It spreads in bird droppings and affects ducks, geese and swans, but not humans. Duck plague has been found in many countries, but is believed to have first surfaced in the U.S. in Pekin ducks brought from the Netherlands in 1967. The first large outbreak in wild waterfowl took place in South Dakota in 1973 and killed 40 percent of the 100,000 wintering waterfowl there. Montana The bitter cold and record breaking snowfall in northern and northeastern sections of the state combined to make the winter of 2010-11 one of the toughest for wildlife in years. An estimated 1,000 pronghorn antelope and deer were killed on railroad tracks that were free of snow across the region. Arizona The state legislature recently passed a bill making the Colt single action army revolver the state’s official firearm.

Wisconsin The gray wolf population has grown to about 825 animals in more than 200 packs.

South Dakota In late January and early February 2010, 8,000 dead mallard ducks were found 16 miles north of Pierre. After necropsy on some of the birds, cause of death was found to be due to aspergillosis, a respiratory tract infection caused by the inhalation of spores produced by fungi of the genus Aspergillus. Lab tests did not definitively determine the source of the infection, but moldy corn was found in a silage pile at a feedlot located near the site where most of the dead mallards were found, and in the digestive tracts of several mallards examined.
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