NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Deer hunters across Louisiana can qualify for a $1,000 drawing by having the head of a mature white-tailed buck tested for a slow but always fatal illness called chronic wasting disease.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration said Sept. 15 that federal protections may need to be restored for gray wolves in the western U.S. after Republican-backed state laws made it much easier to kill the predators.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming will ask the federal government to remove its protections for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region and permit the region’s three states to manage and potentially allow hunting of the big bruins in certain areas, Gov. Mark Gordon said Thursday.

BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) — Authorities in Oregon are stepping up efforts to kill wolves from a pack in the eastern part of the state due to continued attacks by the animals and evidence they are now focusing on livestock.

BOISE — A federal circuit court has rejected a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency statewide Idaho permit involving pollution into waterways from concentrated animal feeding operations.

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Cattle producers for 35 years have been bankrolling one of the nation’s most iconic marketing campaigns, but now many want to end the program that created the “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner” slogan.

Mark Malson, Parma, Idaho, has been elected as a delegate to the 138th American Angus Association® Convention of Delegates, set to be held Nov. 8 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, reports Mark McCully, chief executive officer of the American Angus Association.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two conservation groups asked the Biden administration to reinstate a federal monitoring program to oversee the management of gray wolves in Idaho and Montana following changes in wolf hunting laws in the two states intended to drastically reduce wolf numbers.

A man pleaded guilty and was sentenced Thursday to pay $1,500 for poisoning a wolf with strychnine on a ranch near Ennis, Montana.

Thick smoke that held down winds and temperatures in the zone of the largest single wildfire in California history cleared Monday from scenic forestlands, allowing firefighting aircraft to rejoin the battle to contain the massive Dixie Fire.

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Wildfire smoke and hot conditions are bad enough for humans when it stretches on for weeks and makes outdoor activity difficult or dangerous. But for animals who are out in the elements at all times, like cattle, it can have many adverse effects on the cows and, consequently, on ranchers.

CALDWELL — A feedlot in Wilder will gain permission to expand from 6,000 head of cattle to 12,000. Though unofficial until paperwork is signed, the Canyon County commissioners unanimously voted Monday afternoon that they will do so.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has approved killing up to four uncollared wolves in eastern Oregon’s Baker County, where officials say the Lookout Mountain wolf pack attacked four cows in 14 days.

Ranchers in the West have typically grazed cattle on summer pastures — often in the mountains or desert rangelands near their ranch or on federal Bureau of Land Management or Forest Service allotments — while growing hay at home to feed the cows during winter.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Songwriter Diane Warren stepped in June 24 to save the life of cow that eluded capture for more than a day after a herd escaped from a Southern California slaughterhouse and stampeded through a suburb.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. wildfire managers are considering shifting to more full-time firefighting crews to deal with what has become a year-round wildfire season and making the jobs more attractive by increasing pay and benefits.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana commission advanced Thursday proposed rules that would allow the use of snares to hunt wolves and extend the wolf trapping season after the Republican-controlled Legislature passed laws earlier this year meant to reduce the state’s wolf population.

WASHINGTON — Today, reps. Mike Guest, R-Mississippi, and Darren Soto, D-Florida, led a bipartisan group of 52 lawmakers in pushing the U.S. Department of Justice to complete their investigation into the meatpacking sector, and whether or not anticompetitive practices have contributed to a pe…

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri, introduced the Optimizing the Cattle Market Act of 2021 in the U.S. House. The legislation builds on a growing consensus among cattle producers, industry leaders, and Members of Congress that the current market dynamics — which stunt …

DETROIT (AP) — The world’s largest meat processing company has resumed most production after a weekend cyberattack, but experts say the vulnerabilities exposed by this attack and others are far from resolved.

BILLINGS (AP) — Wildlife advocates pressed the Biden administration on Wednesday to revive federal protections for gray wolves across the Northern Rockies after Republican lawmakers in Idaho and Montana made it much easier to kill the predators.

BOZEMAN, Mont. — A federal judge sentenced a Bozeman man to two-and-a-half years in prison and to pay restitution for stealing and selling cattle and cattle embryos and defrauding a bank and a business partner.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed into law a measure that could lead to killing 90% of the state’s 1,500 wolves in a move that was backed by hunters and the state’s powerful ranching sector but heavily criticized by environmental advocates.

The new wolf-related laws are a mix of directives with little ambiguity while others leave some decisions up to wildlife managers and the commission.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A conservation group is asking the U.S. government to cut off millions of dollars to Idaho that is used to improve wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation opportunities because of legislation that could lead to 90% of the state’s wolves being killed.

Texas longhorn semen and embryos from Dickinson Cattle Co., of Barnesville, Ohio, were selected to improve Israeli cattle. In those desert cattle operations, the longevity, disease resistance, calving ease, ability to browse and handle multiple predators were much-needed traits for the Israe…

Cattle breeds with big horns are thought to be challenging to work with; some people are afraid to handle them very much.

Darol Dickinson was born in 1942 in Fort Worth, Texas, and has led a life as colorful as his Texas Longhorn cattle.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Native American lawmakers criticized Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte on Friday over his decision to scrap a bison management plan that would have allowed the wild animals to be restored in more areas of the state.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked a Nevada project that would expand livestock grazing across 400 squares miles (1,036 square kilometers) of some of the highest priority sage-grouse habitat in the West and accused the government of deliberately misleading the public by underestim…

Evidence shows someone used a trailer to steal 17 head of cattle from a ranch on Fish Hatchery Road in Mackay earlier this month, which Custer County Sheriff’s Deputy Shade Rosenkrance said is unusual.