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July 11, 2018

The National Park Service recently issued a proposed rule seeking to rescind Obama-era regulations prohibiting various hunting methods on national preserve lands in Alaska.  The proposed regulation would permit harvesting practices including: taking any black bear, inc...

June 29, 2018

Red-on-black, friend of Jack; red-on-yellow, kill a fellow. This catchy saying is well known by many outdoor enthusiasts to help remember which of two similar looking snakes is the harmless versus the venomous one. A red colored band adjacent to a black one, and you ar...

May 18, 2018

Last month, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FFWC) held a public meeting to discuss elephant ride regulations in the state.  Animal welfare and rights activists called for the rule allowing elephant rides to be repealed, arguing that elephant rides are not onl...

April 18, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced its decision to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule.  The rule was intended to standardize the treatment of animals on organic farms in order to be sold under a "certified organic"...

February 1, 2018

Administrative Law Judge Lawrence P. Stevenson issued an order invalidating actions based on drug testing protocols from a 2010 manual that were never formally adopted or approved by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation Division of Para-Mutuel Wagerin...

November 28, 2017

In a lengthy exposé, Rene Ebersole writes for National Geographic about an ongoing case regarding alligator poaching.  Nine men stand accused of forty-four felonies, "ranging from the possession and killing of a protected wildlife species to falsifying official records...

April 25, 2017

The Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, one of the more influential circuit courts of appeal partly because of its role in regulatory review, has ruled that under the Lacey Act the Fish and Wildlife Service does not have the authority to regulate interstate...

September 23, 2016

The Lake Worth City commissioners recently approved 4-0 an ordinance that will regulate the use of outdoor balloons and sky lanterns on city-owned property.  While stunning to behold as they take flight, untethered balloons and ceremonial sky lanterns eventually return...

September 23, 2016

The Sun Sentinel recently released its investigative report, The Gulf's Deadly Harvest.  According to the report, at least one person in the United States dies every month from eating raw oysters infected with Vibrio vulnificus, a deadly bacteria found in the Gulf of M...

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