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State Auditor Mike Harmon’s office says it is referring its findings of a review into the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources over to the Kentucky State Police and Kentucky Branch Ethics Commission. 

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Federally-protected osprey nests have led to the temporary furlough of more than 30 construction jobs on the new bridge being built over Kentucky Lake.

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Local farmers who have lost cattle to the recent harsh winter weather can apply for federal assistance under the United States Department of Agriculture’s Livestock Indemnity Program. But the same program also helps farmers whose livestock have been killed by federally-protected avian predators like the black vulture.

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Kentucky’s third annual sandhill crane hunting season wrapped up yesterday and Fish and Wildlife officials are calling it a success.

The most recent numbers show 87 birds were killed in this year’s sandhill crane hunting season, mostly in Barren County. That’s slightly lower than last year, when 92 birds were killed. But both years, the actual hunt fell far below the quota of 400 birds the Department of Fish and Wildlife set.

A federal review released Monday has found widespread misuse of government property and employees at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

The Office of Inspector General's findings from a months-long investigation concludes top leaders were involved in the misapplication of resources at the agency.

A massive addition to the Big Rivers Wildlife Management Area and State Forest is being dedicated this week. The Kentucky Division of Forestry and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is meeting with lawmakers, local officials and funding partners Wednesday on the more than 4,000 acre property.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Kentucky Division of Forestry have purchased more than 4,200 acres of property in western Kentucky for $12.6 million dollars to preserve it for activities such as hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing.

The two agencies purchased the property from the Nature Conservancy of Kentucky last week. Along with 2,488 acres acquired in Union County in 2011, the Big Rivers Wildlife Management Area and State Forest will cover more than 6,700 acres.

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The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky is planning to close on a deal today to acquire 4,241 acres of forest in Crittenden County. The $13.4 million deal is the largest in the Conservancy’s 38-year history in the state.

The parcel is being bought from The Forestland Group, a timber investment company. Referred to as Phase 2 of the Big Rivers Corridor Project, the parcel of land was ranked as the number one priority in the United States Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program. The transaction is funded through the Conservancy’s land protection fund and in part by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. 

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Commissioner Jonathan Gassett has resigned. Gassett had held the position since 2005.

Commission chairman Stuart Ray said Gassett submitted his letter of resignation Thursday evening, stating his intention to pursue outside interests.