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Bears back on the move, AGFC offers advice to be bearwise

May 11, 2021

FAYETTEVILLE — Like many high schoolers and college grads, young Arkansas black bears will be striking out on their own early this summer to find their place in the world. Unfortunately, just like young humans, the bears may find themselves in some sticky situations as they learn the ropes of life without a net for the first time. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission usually sees an uptick in nuisance bear complaints each spring and almost all of the culprits are young males that are looking for new territory.

Keep wildlife wild, leave ‘orphans’ alone

May 5, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — Each year, biologists with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission get calls from worried conservation-minded individuals who happen across a young, helpless-looking deer, rabbits and birds that have apparently lost their mother. Moving those animals may be one of the worst things you can do to help it, and in the case of white-tailed deer fawns, taking it home can even land you in trouble with the law.

Arkansas Forestry Association Names Clint Johnson Forestry Educator of the Year

Oct. 14, 2020

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Forestry Association recognized Clint Johnson as Forestry Educator of the Year at the AFA Annual Meeting held virtually on October 1. 

Automated cameras capture wild moments in urban areas

Aug. 26, 2020

LITTLE ROCK — When bears and deer occasionally wander into city streets and suburbs, the news always takes notice, but all sorts of wildlife make a living right in the middle of many cities around the country. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Hendrix College have launched a new research and outreach project that may shed some light on how wildlife in urban areas adapt to the presence of people. 

Haying your pasture with an eye for wildlife

June 10, 2020

CALICO ROCK — With all the spring rains, most landowners are ready to hit the field to cut hay. There are a few things to consider this year before you get on that tractor.

Flames, thinning renew Devil’s Eyebrow

May 20, 2020

ROGERS — A partnership between the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, plus a healthy dose of fire, has reinvigorated one of Arkansas’s rarest habitats atop the rugged Ozark hills bordering Beaver Lake.

Arkansas River flooding only temporary inconvenience to displaced wildlife

May 24, 2019

LITTLE ROCK – Plenty of warnings have gone out for people to stay clear of the rising water on the Arkansas River during the predicted flood, but what about the wildlife? How is the flood going to impact them, and what can people living near the affected area do to help? Give them their space and let them move on.