Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 49
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks tested more than 1,300 deer, elk and moose collected during the 2010-11 hunting season and did not detect CWD. Over the past 13 years more than 16,400 wild elk and deer have been tested with no evidence of CWD found. CWD was diagnosed in 1999 in nine captive elk on an alternative livestock facility. All the animals were destroyed and the facility was quarantined.
Colorado Hunters took approximately 48,000 elk and 35,000 mule deer in 2010. The 2010 post-hunt elk population was estimated at 282,000 animals, while the post-hunt deer population was estimated at 430,000. Arkansas Hunters took 22 alligators during the 2010 season. A 13-foot, 1-inch gator was the largest.
Indonesia At least 750 endangered orangutans have been killed within a year’s time by humans living on the Indonesian side of Borneo. The primates were killed (illegally) to protect crops from being raided, as well as for their meat. Indonesia is home to about 90 percent of the world’s wild orangutan population, and was once covered by lush rain forests. Widespread deforestation during the past 50 years, however, has resulted in most of the remaining 50,000 to 60,000 apes living in a scattered patchwork of forests. National Shooting Sports Foundation The NSSF packed a time capsule with materials that reflect the state of firearms ownership, target shooting and hunting in the year 2011, and that tell the story of how the organization, the firearms industry’s trade association, has helped promote, preserve and protect those freedoms over the last half century. The time capsule project is the last major event commemorating the NSSF’s 50th anniversary. It will be opened in 2061. Idaho A Nevada hunter died from injuries suffered during a grizzly bear attack that occurred near the Montana border. The individual and a hunting companion shot and wounded what they thought was a black bear, but turned out to be a young grizzly bear that ran into some thick cover and then attacked the victim when he went after it.
Deer/Vehicle Collisions State Farm Insurance Company, based on figures from July 2010 to June 2011, report that motorists in West Virginia are most likely to run into a deer. West Virginia tops the list for the fifth consecutive year. Iowa is second, South Dakota third, followed by Pennsylvania and Michigan. Deer-vehicle collisions are least likely in Hawaii.