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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - The number of Maryland deer found to have chronic wasting disease is growing.

The Cumberland Times-News reported Wednesday that six of 200 deer recently tested in Allegany County were positive for the disease. That brings to 17 the number of confirmed cases since 2011, all from Allegany County.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says the neurological disease is fatal to deer but there is no evidence it can be transmitted to humans, livestock or other animals.

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A 28-year-veteran of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has been terminated this week after meeting with watermen.

The Chesapeake Bay Journal reports that Brenda Davis has been a longtime advocate for limits on blue-crab fishing in the bay.

The Washington Post reports that some watermen who have been critical of the limits recently meet with Governor Larry Hogan.

And the Maryland Republican has been critical the state’s restrictions on fishing.

DNR has declined to comment on the issue noting that it is a personnel matter.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says hunters have another chance to bag deer in most of the state.

The firearm deer season reopens Friday through Saturday everywhere except Garrett and Allegany counties, and the western half of Washington county. The season remains open Sunday on private land only in Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Queen Anne's, Somerset, St. Mary's, Washington and Worcester counties.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Department of Natural Resources is flying high after regaining use of a helicopter for aerial surveillance.
    
The agency said in a statement Wednesday that it's using the chopper this fall to help enforce deer hunting and oyster-harvesting regulations.
    
The aviation unit was eliminated in 2009 in a cost-cutting move by the administration of former governor Martin O'Malley. The agency says the helicopter was transferred to the Harford County Sheriff's Office.
    

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is proposing rules aimed at banning spear-hunting for big game.

The agency says in a statement it's accepting public comments through Oct. 17 on a proposal to add regulatory language stating that only the weapons listed in the regulations may be used for deer and black bear hunting.

Those weapons are bows and firearms, including a powerful new type of air gun that shoots full-sized arrows.

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WYE MILLS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is rushing to regulate a new kind of hunting weapon that's a cross between a high-powered air rifle and a crossbow.

The device is marketed by the Crosman Corp. as an "Airbow." The company's website says it uses compressed air to fire full-sized arrows with more speed and accuracy than a crossbow.

The Maryland agency said in a statement Monday it's proposing to regulate the devices as air guns, which are currently allowed for hunting certain bird species.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Those hoping to bag a black bear in Maryland this fall are beginning their hunt for licenses.

The online application process begins Monday and continues through Aug. 31. A lottery drawing will be held Sept. 2.

The Department of Natural Resources says it will issue 750 permits for the four-day season that begins Oct. 24.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A 9-year-old girl has set a new Maryland fishing record after catching a 94.6-pound cobia.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Emma Zajdel caught the fish on June 30 while fishing with family and friends near Assateague Island.

Zajdel says she struggled for about 20 minutes to reel in the fish, which she originally thought was a shark.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is lowering the cost of falconry.

The agency announced May 23 it has reduced the cost of an annual falconry permit from $25 to $10. The permit is required for hunting wildlife with a trained raptor.

The agency also reduced from $25 to $10 the fee for a resident permit to capture a peregrine falcon for falconry purposes. In 2015, the agency made 20 such licenses available but allowed just two birds to be taken during a 30-day season last fall.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The results of a survey of the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population suggest a good summer for local crabs.
 
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says its annual dredge survey in Maryland and Virginia shows there are more than 550 million blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay, the fourth highest level in two decades.
 
That number is a 35 percent increase in the crab population compared with last year, which was a 38 percent increase over 2014's results.
 
Officials credit favorable weather and previous harvest restrictions.
 

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