Massive 47-pound muskellage caught nearly 25 years after it was stocked into a lake in Iowa

WEST OKOBOJI LAKE, Iowa – A muskellage fish, bought in 1991, is now more than three times the size it was when it was stocked into West Okoboji Lake in Iowa. “A few years after being stocked, the muskies grow large enough to be caught in the gill nets set out by fisheries staff at night in the spring,” said a statement from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Muskies caught during gill netting season are tagged with a transponder that identifies them for life.

RSPCA warning as Havering’s foxes follow Leicester’s lead to back of the net

In the week when foxes in Leicester found the net to crown themselves Premier League champions, warnings have been issued to homeowners to ensure Havering’s foxes don’t score an own goal. The RSPCA Essex Havering branch, Chippenham Road, Harold Hill, is calling for people to be “extra vigilant” after reports of a number of fox cubs being found tangled in netting in gardens, schools and playing fields.

Jack Wilshere denies spitting at elderly neighbour in row over netting in garden

Jack Wilshere has strongly denied claims that he spat at his elderly neighbour and threatened him, two months after the Arsenal footballer won a planning battle over 18ft-high nets in his back garden. The allegations are the latest in a number of off-the-pitch controversies involving the 24-year-old, who is already being investigated over a fracas outside a London nightclub last month.

Hog-nosed snake slithers free after being trapped in landscape netting

One lucky hog-nosed snake is roaming free at the North End of Virginia Beach, thanks to Laura Horan, after it was trapped in landscape netting. Horan put a photo on Facebook recently of the snake totally entwined and trapped in green sod netting in a neighbor’s back yard. “Can anyone tell me (quickly) if a hog nose snake will bite … Read More

Netting bans create fish black market

Recreational fishers and local fish shops are being put on notice amid claims recreational fisherman have been illegally selling their catch. A market has reportedly opened up after the state government announced restrictions on commercial fishing in Port Phillip Bay. Netting bans will come into effect in Corio Bay April 2018, and 2022 in the rest of Port Phillip Bay. … Read More

End of Spring Trap Netting project scheduled for Lake Nipissing

The Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre (A/OFRC), in partnership with Nipissing First Nation, will be conducting an “End of Spring Trap Netting” project to assess the spawning walleye population at Iron Island. Iron Island is in Lake Nipissing by Sandy Island near the French River This project will be taking place in May 2016 when water temperatures reach 4°C. The End of Spring Trap … Read More

Fishermen protest against illegal netting in Wular lake

Scores of registered fishermen protested on Tuesday outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner Bandipora against what they said illegal netting rampant in Wular Lake. The protestors alleged that Fisheries department officers in Bandipora were allowing illegal netting while taking commission from few chosen people who were not even registered as fishermen in the department.

After netting one loose chicken Wednesday, Augusta animal control search for another

AUGUSTA — After recovering one stray chicken Wednesday afternoon from Bond Brook Road, the city’s animal control officer is returning to the same area after hearing that a second fowl is on the lam. Francois Roodman, who was en route to the area Thursday afternoon, said he first went there Wednesday after hearing from a resident that a gray chicken with red features around its head was crossing between two houses on Bond Brook Road. This hen, originally thought to be a rooster, was found Wednesday between two houses on Bond Brook Road. Contributed photo

Pigeon Netting installed under Santa Cruz wharf to improve Cowell Beach water quality

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. —Over the last five years, Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz has earned the unhappy distinction of having California’s dirtiest ocean water, but hopefully not for long when they install pigeon netting. Pigeons roosting under the Santa Cruz Wharf were determined to be a major source of the high bacteria levels. City crews are taking action this week to keep the fowl from fouling ocean waters. “What we’re doing now is some bird-exclusion work” said Santa Cruz Wharf Supervisor John Bombaci.

She learned her lesson about snakes and plastic netting

Early this year I noticed something on the snowball bush my husband planted in the back yard several years ago. There was a web on it, similar to those that invade pecan trees. I was afraid it had stunted the growth of the bush. At one point, I thought maybe the bush was dying. Then one morning several weeks ago, I noticed some buds. In a few days, the bush exploded with big white balls of petals. It was almost as full as last year. I was so thrilled.