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MARQUETTE COUNTY, MI--   The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is applying chemicals to the Little Garlic River in Marquette County to kill sea lamprey. 

The lampricide kills lamprey larvae, which live in Great Lakes streams and tributaries then migrate to the lakes and kill fish. Infested streams must be treated every three to five years to control lamprey populations.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   For the first time, federal regulators are designating a bee species in the continental United States as endangered.  

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tells The Associated Press the rusty patched bumblebee is on the verge of extinction.

The bee once was common in the East and Upper Midwest but its numbers have fallen sharply since the late 1990s. Only scattered populations remain in 13 states and one Canadian province.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (AP)--   Some members of Congress are making another run at taking gray wolves in the upper Midwest and Wyoming off the endangered list. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had tried to take wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming off the list, saying those populations had recovered sufficiently to allow resumed hunting under state management plans. But courts in 2014 re-imposed federal protections for the wolves.

LANSING, MI--   Hunting isn’t only a tradition in Michigan—it’s an economic boon.  

That’s according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which estimates hunting generates more than $2.3 billion in economic impact.  That includes expenses related to food and lodging and $1.3 billion spent on equipment. 

This year more than 525,000 hunters are expected to participate in the firearms deer season. 

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BARAGA, MI (AP)--   A public ceremony was held to celebrate a project that will protect scenic lands in the Upper Peninsula from development. 

The project will shield 1,374 acres and nearly a mile of Lake Superior Shoreline in the northwestern U.P.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provided a $1 million grant to buy the property, while private foundations and individuals chipped in an additional $1.1 million.

It's part of a program called the Abbaye Peninsula-Huron Bay Conservation Initiative.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Federal officials are extending legal protection to the eastern massasauga rattlesnake, which inhabits a broad section of the northern and central U.S. but has been in decline for 

years.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is listing the snake as "threatened," meaning it's vulnerable to dying out but not in such peril that it's considered "endangered."

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Officials say no genetic material from invasive bighead or silver carp has been detected in Michigan waters this year.  

The state Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are searching Michigan's Great Lakes tributary rivers for Asian carp DNA.

After this year's work is completed, more than 7,000 water samples will have been collected since 2013. One sample from the Kalamazoo River tested positive in 2014, but officials say the source probably was a boat or angler from another water body.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Federal officials say they'll investigate whether moose in four Midwestern states should be protected under the Endangered Species Act.  

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday it has reviewed a petition from environmental groups that want moose in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota listed as an endangered or threatened segment of the overall population.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   A federal study says small fish can be trapped in water currents created by commercial barges and pulled through electric barriers designed to prevent invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.  

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says tests show that fish swimming near barges can remain caught between them for substantial distances. In one trial, live fish were transported more than nine miles along the Illinois River. They went through a shipping lock and the barriers 37 miles from Lake Michigan at Chicago.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan is getting $33.8 million in federal money this year to fund fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects.  

The grants are awarded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The revenue is generated by excise taxes on sales of sporting firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, fishing equipment and tackle, and electric outboard motors.

Recreational boaters also chip in by paying fuel taxes on motorboats and small engines.

More than $1.1 billion is being distributed nationwide under the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program.

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