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Recap of Mt Lions In Southwestern Maine

November 20, 2007

by
A. Sayward Lamb

A. Sayward Lamb

For several years I have been hearing from several friends and acquaintances, telling me of sightings of the very elusive mountain lions which they have seen personally, or have been told of sightings by their friends. My earliest recollections of sightings were back in the mid-nineteen fifties, when I was living in South Woodstock. My friends, Leon Poland, and Joe Pete Appleby, repeatedly told me of sighting a Mt. Lion that crossed the highway in front of their vehicles on several occasions, just about dusk or shortly after dark, about a quarter of mile from where I resided. Others were reluctant to tell about their sightings for fear of people thinking that they were “crazy” and making up these stories. Read more

Take A Kid Hunting

November 12, 2007

By Robert Lane

Rpbert Lane - Master Maine GuideBob Lane is a Licensed Master Maine Guide and photographer. He has also guided Caribou Hunters and Fishermen on float trips in Southwest Alaska.

Deer season in Maine is a longstanding tradition marked by cold, frosty mornings, treks through the pre-dawn darkness to a coveted tree stand, a swamp’s edge, or a favorite stand of hardwoods in quest of the elusive whitetail. Lifelong friends share the camaraderie of hunting camp with stories of seasons past, traditional, hearty early morning breakfasts with strong coffee, and enough fat and cholesterol to fuel a skidder. Read more

Notice Of Tentative Determination Regarding A Point Source Permit

November 7, 2007

Notice Of Tentative Determination Regarding A Point Source Permit

The Department of Environmental Protection hereby gives notice it has made a tentative determination to approve an application submitted by AMETEK, Specialty Metal Products Division (“the applicant”) under section 22a-174 of the Connecticut General Statutes for permit to construct, install, enlarge or establish an air contaminant source or to operate a source regulated under the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. Specifically, the applicant proposed to construct and operate two continuous web vapor degreasers.

The name and address of the permit applicant are: AMETEK, Specialty Metal Products Division, 21 Toelles Road, Wallingford, CT 06492. The proposed activity will take place at: 21 Toelles Road, Wallingford, CT 06492. The proposed activity will affect air resources. The applications have been assigned PAMS numbers 200101439 and 200101441 by the Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Air Management. Interested persons may obtain copies of the applications and proposed permits from Mr. Robert Deschenes, AMETEK, Specialty Metal Products Division, 21 Toelles Road, Wallingford, CT 06492; Tel:(203) 949-8806. The applications, engineering evaluation and proposed permits are available for inspection at the office of the Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Air Management, 79 Elm Street, 5th floor, Hartford, Connecticut, 06106-5127 from 8:30 – 4:30 Monday through Friday.

Interested persons will have thirty (30) days from publication of such notice to submit comments in writing to the Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Management or request a public hearing concerning the Commissioner’s tentative determination to approve the permit applications, in accordance with section 22a-3a-5(b) and section 22a-174-2a(c) of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies. Comments should be directed to Ms. Lakiesha Christopher, Bureau of Air Management, Department of Environmental Protection, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127.

Published in the Meriden Record Journal on November 5, 2007

Draft Permit 189-0217 (PDF, 133KB)

Draft Permit 189-0218 (PDF, 133KB)


Notice Of Tentative Determination Regarding A Modified Point Source Permit

November 7, 2007

Notice Of Tentative Determination Regarding A Modified Point Source Permit

The Department of Environmental Protection hereby gives notice it has made a tentative determination to approve two applications submitted by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (“the applicant”) under section 22a-174 of the Connecticut General Statutes for permit to construct, install, enlarge or establish an air contaminant source or to operate a source regulated under the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. Specifically, the applicant proposed to modify permits for two (2) engine generators.

The name and address of the permit applicant are: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, 5 Research Parkway, Wallingford, CT 06492. The proposed activity will take place at: 5 Research Parkway, Wallingford, CT. The proposed activity will affect air resources. The applications have been assigned PAMS numbers 200701790 & 200701791 by the Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Air Management. Interested persons may obtain copies of the application and proposed permit from Mr. Carl Noonan, 5 Research Parkway, Wallingford, CT 06492; 203-677-6342. The applications, engineering evaluation and proposed permits are available for inspection at the office of the Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Air Management, 79 Elm Street, 5th floor, Hartford, Connecticut, 06106-5127 from 8:30 – 4:30 Monday through Friday.

Published in the Meriden Record Journal on November 5, 2007

Draft Permit 189-0064 (PDF, 95KB)

Draft Permit 189-0073 (PDF, 87KB)

Notice Of Tentative Determination Regarding Three Point Source Permits

November 7, 2007

(New Hartford) -  Notice of Tentative Determination to issue permits for the construction and operation of three surface coating operations at Syntac Coated Products, LLC in New Hartford.

The Department of Environmental Protection hereby gives notice it has made a tentative determination to approve three applications submitted by Syntac Coated Products, LLC (“the applicant”) under section 22a-174 of the Connecticut General Statutes for permit to construct, install, enlarge or establish an air contaminant source or to operate a source regulated under the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. Specifically, the applicant proposed to construct and operate three surface coating operations.

The name and address of the permit applicant are: Syntac Coated Products, LLC, 29 Industrial Park Road, New Hartford, CT 06057. The proposed activity will take place at: Syntac Coated Products, LLC, 29 Industrial Park Road, New Hartford, CT 06057. The proposed activity will affect air resources. The applications have been assigned PAMS numbers 200700194, 200700195 and 200700196 by the Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Air Management. Interested persons may obtain copies of the applications and proposed permits from Mr. Vincent Panuccio, Syntac Coated Products, LLC, 29 Industrial Park Road, New Hartford, CT 06057, 860-738-2600. The applications, engineering evaluation and proposed permits are available for inspection at the office of the Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Air Management, 79 Elm Street, 5th floor, Hartford, Connecticut, 06106-5127 from 8:30 – 4:30 Monday through Friday.

Interested persons will have thirty (30) days from publication of such notice to submit comments in writing to the Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Management or request a public hearing concerning the Commissioner’s tentative determination to approve the permit applications, in accordance with section 22a-3a-5(b) and section 22a-174-2a(c) of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies. Comments should be directed to Ms. Valerie Galo, Bureau of Air Management, Department of Environmental Protection, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127.

Published in The Hartford Courant on November 1, 2007

Draft Permit 116-0024 (PDF, 93KB)

Draft Permit 116-0025 (PDF, 95KB)

Draft Permit 116-0026 (PDF, 101KB)

Four Arrested Friday in DFG Delta Poaching Case

November 4, 2007

California Department of Fish & Game

Four Arrested Friday in DFG Delta Poaching Case

Contact:
Capt. Brian Naslund, DFG Enforcement, (916) 838-7426
Harry Morse, DFG Office of Communications, (916) 322-8962
Kyle Orr, DFG Office of Communications, (916) 322-8958

Department of Fish and Game (DFG) wardens today arrested four individuals suspected of illegally harvesting and selling sport-caught fish from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Sport-caught fish are caught for recreational purposes only and are not to be sold.

“The Department of Fish and Game works diligently to protect the fish populations in the fragile Delta ecosystem,” said DFG Chief Nancy Foley. “Illegal take and sale of this valuable resource jeopardizes conservation efforts by the department and our partners.”

Wardens obtained a search warrant and four felony arrest warrants from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office for conspiracy and the sale of sport-caught fish.

Thirteen wardens executed the warrant and two felony arrest warrants at 3502 Novara Way in Stockton while five wardens served two felony arrest warrants at 8404 Dartford Dr. in Sacramento. Evidence seized from the suspects included one 14-foot aluminum fishing boat, 36 bags of blue gill, each bag containing about 20 fish, commercial quantities of individually packaged striped bass with weights marked on each package, and two scales used to weigh fish.

The investigation began in September when DFG’s Delta Bay Enhanced Enforcement Unit received anonymous tips claiming a group was illegally catching and selling a variety of fish species from the Delta.

Wardens followed up on the information and observed the suspects involved in what appeared to be the illegal commercialization of several sport fish species. The individuals caught the fish under the authority of a sport fishing license and then transported them to locations in Elk Grove and South Sacramento where they were illegally sold.

“This is another example of the Department of Fish and Game’s ongoing effort to protect California’s sport fish from illegal commercialization and poaching,” said DFG Capt. Brian Naslund. During the past year, other groups have been arrested by Fish and Game for the illegal commercialization of striped bass and sturgeon taken from the Delta river system.

Charged and arrested were, Tam Thi Dang, 46, of Sacramento, Dong Van Le, 48, of Sacramento, Thiet Van Nguyen, 50, of Stockton, and Nguyen Doan Thi Hui, 50, of Stockton. Three of the suspects were booked into the Rio Consumnes Correctional Center in South Sacramento and one was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail. The maximum penalty for a conviction of Penal Code Section 182 (a) (1), (Conspiracy) is $10,000 and up to one year in state prison or county jail. The maximum fine for a violation of Fish and Game Code 7121 (Sale of sport caught fish) is $7,500.

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Paddlefish season to open Dec. 1 on Ozark Pool

November 4, 2007

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

Paddlefish season to open Dec. 1 on Ozark Pool

In an emergency proclamation Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Director Scott Henderson approved an early opening date of Dec. 1 for commercial paddlefish harvest on the Ozark Pool of the Arkansas River.

During its October meeting, the Commission approved a new annual commercial paddlefish season of Dec. 1-March 31. That regulation will not go into effect until Jan. 1, requiring an emergency proclamation to begin the season this December.

Commercial anglers interested in harvesting paddlefish from Ozark Lock and Dam to Trimble Lock and Dam from Dec. 1, until the start of the statewide season, Jan. 1, must have a free, written permit from the AGFC. Permits are available through Bob Limbird at the AGFC’s Russellville Regional Office, (877) 967-7577. Anglers also must follow the 37-inch minimum length limit during this portion of the season.

For more information, contact Randy Zellers at (501) 223-6406 or e-mail rdzellers@agfc.state.ar.us.

Marshall Wolf Tests Positive for Rabies

November 4, 2007

Alaska Department of Fish & Game

Marshall Wolf Tests Positive for Rabies

(JUNEAU) – A wolf from a pack that killed six dogs in Marshall last week has tested positive for rabies.

Tests performed by the Alaska State Virology Laboratory (ASVL) confirmed the 17 month old female wolf was positive for rabies virus.

The pack entered Marshall last Thursday, October 25 and killed three adult dogs and three pups in one dog yard. One wolf was killed and several others may have been wounded by residents of the village. Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) Wildlife Veterinarian Kimberlee Beckmen said it is possible other wolves in the pack have the disease as well.

“Rabies virus is present in saliva, and when several animals eat from the same source, the virus can be quickly spread to other members of the pack,” Dr. Beckmen said. “However, rabies is extremely rare in wolves in Alaska.”

No humans were injured by the wolves in Marshall. The people who came in contact with the rabid wolf when it was killed, skinned, and necropsied are being evaluated to determine if they were exposed to rabies virus.

Several dogs were bitten by wolves from the same pack. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Division of Public Health (DPH) advises dog owners in Marshall that if their dogs were previously vaccinated to have them revaccinated immediately, and then confine and observe them for 45 days to make sure they don’t come down with the disease.

Unvaccinated dogs that were exposed to the wolves run a very high risk of developing rabies in the next few weeks and can expose other animals and people. The DPH strongly recommends that unvaccinated dogs be euthanized to prevent the risk of spreading the rabies virus to people or other animals.

Dog owners in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta with questions or concerns should contact the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Office of Environmental Health (OEH) at (907) 543-6420.  OEH personnel are identifying and locating all dogs known to have been exposed to the wolves.  State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Gerlach has contacted veterinarians in the region to enlist their assistance as well.

Only 18 wolves have tested positive for the disease in Alaska since 1977. The last confirmed case occurred in 1998 in a wolf from the Dillingham area. The disease is more commonly found in foxes in coastal areas, and some 35 animals have tested positive for rabies since 2006, along the west coast and North Slope of Alaska. As a result, efforts were made to vaccinate dogs in several Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta villages in 2007.

Rabies is spread when saliva from an infected animal comes into contact with another person or animal. Trappers are not normally exposed to the disease when skinning infected animals, but should be careful not to allow saliva or salivary glands to come in contact with open wounds.

In an unrelated incident, a pet dog was killed by wolves in North Pole Wednesday morning. The owner, who lives near the Chena Lakes Recreation Area, let two dogs outside before 5:00 am, and one, a 15 year old Labrador Retriever, was killed. ADF&G spokeswoman Cathie Harms said that it does not appear to be a case of wolves searching for dogs for food.

“From the tracks, it looks like it was entirely coincidental that the wolves and the dogs were in the same area. There’s no evidence the wolves tracked or stalked the dogs as prey, they just ran into them,” Harms said. “It’s not unusual for pets to be taken by wolves, especially when people live on the outskirts of town in wolf habitat.”

Rabies has never been reported in any wildlife species in Interior Alaska and is not considered a threat in the North Pole incident.

For more information:  Greg Wilkinson, DHSS Public Information Officer: 269-7285, cell: 382-7032

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Denby S. Lloyd, Commissioner
Tim Barry, Communications Director
P.O. Box115526
Juneau, Alaska 99811
Phone: (907) 465-6137 • Fax: (907) 465-2332

Press Release: No. 07-25,

Contact: Cathie Harms, Wildlife Biologist   (907) 459-7231; (907) 460-4019

Auburn Man Wins Outdoor Alabama Jon Boat

November 4, 2007

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Auburn Man Wins Outdoor Alabama Jon Boat

Contact: Information and Education at 800-262-3151

Fred Adams is the winner of a jon boat fishing package given away by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) at the recent Alabama National Fair in Montgomery. The giveaway was sponsored by Outdoor Alabama magazine, the official publication of the ADCNR.

Joe’s Motor Service, Inc. of Hartford, Alabama, donated the 14-foot Rhino jon boat. “For the third year, Joe’s Motor service provided a boat for the giveaway,” said Outdoor Alabama managing editor Kim Nix. Adams who was one of over 2,000 entrants who registered for the boat, was surprised and plans to put the boat to good use. Adams also received a one-year subscription to Outdoor Alabama magazine.

Additionally, second and third prizes were awarded from registrants. Debbie Nelson of Autaugaville won a tail-gate grill and Elizabeth Schaum of Montgomery received a propane fish cooker. A similar giveaway is planned for the 2008 Alabama National Fair.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR visit www.outdooralabama.com.

Tracking Signs of Wildlife at the Salato Center

November 4, 2007

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

fw.ky.gov

Tracking Signs of Wildlife at the Salato Center

Frankfort, Ky. – Wild animals can hear, see and smell humans long before we can see them. Their camouflage, speed, escape tactics, and cool weather habits add to the difficulty of seeing them in the wild. Often animals are right under our noses, but we can’t see them.

Put on your animal tracking detective hat and join us at the Salato Wildlife Education Center on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 1 – 4 p.m. for an afternoon of learning about the comings and goings of wildlife in their natural habitat. We’ll search for tracks, droppings, escape tunnels, nests and more signs from the wildlife that make their homes at the Salato Center. The cost is $10, and registration and prepayment are required. Everyone with a keen eye and a sense of adventure is encouraged to sign up. Space is limited, so call and reserve your spot today.

For more information call 1-800-852-0942, ext. 409. Learn more about upcoming events at the Salato Center on the Internet at fw.ky.gov. The Salato Center, operated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, is located at the department’s headquarters on U.S. 60 in Frankfort, 1.5 miles west of U.S. 127. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The Center is closed Sundays, Mondays and state holidays.

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