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Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing Contest sets ‘Wild Side of Kentucky’ theme

The Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts, in partnership with the Kentucky Farm Bureau, announces the beginning of the 2015 Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing Contest titled, “The Wild Side of Kentucky.” Students across the state will use a wildlife theme to create art and essays to urge their audience toward good wildlife conservation practices. County, area and state winners...

Public input requested during department meeting on fishing in Barkley, Kentucky lakes

  The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will conduct a public meeting Jan. 15 to discuss fisheries issues affecting western Kentucky.   While the primary focus will be on crappie and bass fishing in Barkley and Kentucky lakes, officials will also provide updates on Asian carp, habitat projects, catfish and paddlefish. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife employees also want to hear...

New land acquired for public use by hunters and anglers, expected to be open in August

  Bald eagle’s nest (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)   The Kentucky River Wildlife Management Area just grew by more than a third in size.   Earlier this month, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources completed its 18-month-long effort to acquire the 926-acre property of Stephen Boone in Henry County. It is located along KY 389 about three miles north of Gratz.   “What...

PAWS Club members at Beaumont Middle School learn about wildlife, domestic animals

Colts might rule at Beaumont Middle School, but big cats are also really cool.   The ocelot, a nocturnal hunter and opportunistic eater, is known for its tree-climing ability in the rain forests. Southern Texas is home to about 50 to 100 ocelots. (Photos from FCPS) At its last meeting, the PAWS Club welcomed several wild animals from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, which offers a Traveling...