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Jul. 11—When clustered around a bird feeder they're called a hover. As a group they become a charm. Hummingbirds by any other name would still be fascinating, endearing, adorable, entertaining. There are more than 300 species of the flying jewels worldwide. I've sat statue-still near our feeder many times, delighted to hear little chirps as they hum around the plastic flowers like overgrown ...

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A black bear wanders into the back yard — in the middle of a residential neighborhood well inside the city limits. What does an alarmed homeowner do? The question is hardly an exercise of “what if” in Rice Lake, according to police reports.

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Two moose spotted behind the Lowe's Home Improvement store Tuesday morning were slowly pushed north along the railroad tracks by state Department of Fish and Wildlife officers and finally moved into the Horan Natural Area that has been closed until they either leave or settle in.

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A 16-year-old girl on a backpacking trip with her family was attacked in the middle of the night while sleeping in a hammock on the Tennessee side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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HIGH COUNTRY — On June 11, the organization Help Asheville Bears confirmed a 30th bear in western North Carolina with a missing leg. Since 2019, Help Asheville Bears has identified, documented and observed bears in the region, noting bears who have lost limbs. The newest bear identified was located in the Ashe County town of Lansing, missing its front limb. Help Asheville Bears offers rewards up to $10,000 for information about this or other bears missing limbs.

One of the absolute delights of this time of year in wild northwestern Wisconsin is the annual search for the first whitetail deer fawns of the season. They can be hard to find.

By now you’ve heard the cicadas are coming. Entomologists predict the periodical cicada that are on a 17-year reproduction cycle will start emerging from the soil in mass within the next several days, and some early emergence has been documented in parts of Tennessee.

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While there is nowhere of high concern right now in Grant County for a potential wildfire, firefighters on the Malheur and Umatilla national forests are gearing up for the upcoming fire season.

The first spotted lanternfly, a pest that feeds on and causes the decline of more than 100 different plant species, was spotted in Prince William County on March 30, the county said in a news release this week. 

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There’s a pretty good chance a few black bears will wander down from Minnesota and Wisconsin to visit Northeast Iowa in the coming weeks, according to Vince Evelsizer, furbearer and wetland wildlife research biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. It has been an annual occurrence in this region each spring since 2014.

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The summer months are right around the corner and many people are planning trips to lakes, ponds and beaches, meaning water safety should be top of mind.