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AN ADVISORY council will study the feasibility of a limited moose hunt in the Upper Peninsula. Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed legislation in late December allowing for the study, which is tasked with studying the sustainability of the herd if hunting is allowed. The Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division estimates that 500 to 750 moose live in the U.P.  A limited hunt of 12 to 15 moose a year is being considered, with a license costing $100.

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AMERICAN OIL production could increase 20 percent by 2015 as drilling companies invest billions of dollars to drill new wells in North Dakota, Colorado, California and Texas. The new wells could produce as many as 2 million barrels of oil per day, which is more than the Gulf of Mexico produces. As a result, the amount of imported oil could be reduced by half within 10 years.

For more information, visit: http://detnews.com/article/20110211/NATION/102110371/U.S.-wells-producing-more-oil#ixzz1Df6pY8hT.

COLD WATER temperatures appear to be the cause of death for about 2 million fish in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment. The juvenile spot fish washed up on shore in early January.

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