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Commission to Meet at Lake McConaughy on May 15

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will meet on May 15 beginning at 7:45 a.m. at the Lake McConaughy Visitor and Water Interpretive Center, 1475 Highway 61N. There are no scheduled public hearings for proposed changes to regulations or orders at the meeting. The agenda includes a staff presentation about fisheries management at Lake McConaughy. Also on the agenda are appearances by Deuel County, the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, the National Park Service, and Tom Plummer and Chad …

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Wildlife and Recreation Areas in Southeast Impacted by High Water

LINCOLN – Wildlife management areas and state recreation areas in Lancaster, Saline, Fillmore, Thayer, Gage and Jefferson counties of southeast Nebraska are being impacted by high water levels because of recent heavy rainfall. Area users should be cautioned that access to area roads, campgrounds, toilets and other facilities may be limited. Area users should not walk or drive vehicles through standing water, as hazards hidden by turbid water may be present. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission may decide to …

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Endangered Species Day Is May 15

LINCOLN – May 15 is the 10th Annual Endangered Species Day, a day to bring attention to threatened and endangered plants and animals, as well as to recognize the plants and animals that contribute to the biological diversity of our nation. “Biodiversity is important for maintaining healthy, resilient ecosystems that provide numerous benefits to wildlife and people,” said Melissa Panella, a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission fish and wildlife biologist. “The Nebraska Natural Legacy Project, part of a nationwide effort …

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Mountain Lion Killed in Omaha

LINCOLN — Omaha police shot and killed a mountain lion near 120th and Q streets in Millard Wednesday evening. Police responded to a call around 5 p.m. that a mountain lion was near the Project Harmony Building at 119th and Q streets. The Nebraska Humane Society also responded, as did a veterinarian. The mountain lion, a male that weighed about 120 pounds, was found to have a broken leg and to be immobile. It was unclear how long the animal …

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Learn Outdoor Skills as a Family at Two Rivers SRA

LINCOLN – Learn lifelong outdoor skills as a family at the Becoming an Outdoors-Family workshop June 27-28 at Two Rivers State Recreational Area near Waterloo. Skills learned will help families enjoy the outdoors, create memories and start new traditions. Those skills include fishing, camping, paddling, aquatic education, outdoor cooking and the safe handling and shooting of shotguns and air rifles. The fee is $99 for a family of up to six members and $20 for each additional person. Park entry …

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Game and Parks Plans Open House at Ash Hollow State Historical Park

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host an open house on May 13 at the Ash Hollow State Historical Park Visitors Center. The event, which will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., will be an opportunity for members of the public to discuss possible partnerships and other ideas pertaining to the operation of Ash Hollow State Historical Park with Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners and staff members. Commissioners and staff members also will be available …

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Southeast District Birding Day Set for May 13

LINCOLN – Birders of all ages are invited to join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for Southeast District Birding Day on May 13 at Hamburg Bend Wildlife Management Area (WMA). This event is a great opportunity to get in the field, learn a bit about birds and local resource areas, and visit with agency staff and partners. Birders will meet at the WMA parking area at 7:30 a.m. Lunch and presentations are at 11 a.m. A mile south of …

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Leave Wildlife Babies Alone

LINCOLN – It is natural for some people who see a young wild animal apparently abandoned by its mother to want to rescue it. The correct course of action is to leave it alone. Here are some rules of thumb from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission regarding wildlife babies: — A lone fawn, or other young bird or mammal, may appear to be abandoned or injured, but the mother frequently is off feeding or drinking. Do not move it. …

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Ranch Couple Honored as Fort Robinson Dedicates New Building

The newly reconstructed 1891 Officers Quarters at Fort Robinson State Park was described as “a welcome addition to a world-class place” as it was dedicated in honor of a highly-regarded Sandhills ranch couple during a ceremony Saturday morning. The event at the new building paid tribute to the late Don and Olive Forney of Rushville, whose friends and family contributed a majority of the funding for the $1.7 million building. About 75 percent of the project’s costs came from private …

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Rodgers Wins 2015 Cornhusker Cup

DONIPHAN, Neb. – Dean Rodgers of Papillion-LaVista won the Cornhusker Cup at the 46th Cornhusker Trapshoot on Saturday. Combined with his perfect 75 shot on Friday at 16 yards, Rodgers earned the overall Cup with a two-day 148-for-150 after shooting a 73 at 25 yards in the handicap Saturday. Katie Petersen of Omaha Marian was the top ladies shooter with a two-day score of 142. Omaha Creighton Prep Blue repeated as the top high school team breaking 697 of 750 …

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