Conservation

Panel called for $1.3 billion for wildlife ‘NOW’ in 2016

October 11, 2021

The bi-partisan idea behind funding the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act has been around since 2015.

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Nongame windfall: Wildlife Department could see 28 percent funding boost

September 19, 2021

Federal Recovering America’s Wildlife Act dedicates funds for at-risk, other nongame species By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation could see a nearly 28-percent funding boost if Congress passes the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act of 2021. The boost would be dedicated to nongame species that are “at-risk” or “of greatest conservation…

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A turf issue: Armyworms vs. monarch caterpillars

August 21, 2021

Oklahoma homeowners weigh lawn care against butterfly, bird impacts By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF Save the yard or save the butterflies? That is the question. Facing hoards of hungry caterpillars, some good some bad, many Oklahomans are for the first time questioning backyard pesticide use. “I’ve been busy on Facebook,” said Sandy Schwinn, volunteer conservation…

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Wildlife Department takes fresh look at ‘trash fish’

July 25, 2021

Surveys hit mailboxes of 15,000 randomly chosen Oklahoma anglers this month Note: An early version of this story contained an incorrect reference to paddlefish limits. It has been corrected. By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF Postcard notices arriving in anglers’ mailboxes are about “trash fish” but are not junk mail, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation officials…

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Wildlife Commission tables help for wild turkeys

June 7, 2021

By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF Publication of the state’s hunting and fishing rulebooks could be delayed after the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission on Monday tabled discussion of emergency turkey hunting rules meant aid dwindling populations. Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation biologists told the seven-member body that wild turkey populations have dropped an estimated 50 to…

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