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The Severn Mister House is no longer.

Also known as the Bradshaw House the structure on Deal Island was demolished by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

WBOC reports that state officials believe home dated back to 1815.

And the damage over the years had taken its toll.

The state agency had put it up for free last year but it was not economically feasible to restore the building.

DNR said it is not clear what will happen to the property.

Pictures of the structure has been provided by the Maryland Historical Trust.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials say regulations for the upcoming oyster season aim to reduce the harvest by 26%.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources released the final harvest limits Monday.

The department eased up some on limits it proposed last week, after watermen criticized the proposal at a meeting. Those regulations would have reduced the harvest by an estimated 30%.

The proposal outlined last week would have delayed the season until Oct. 15, but it will now begin Oct. 1. However, there will be no commercial harvesting on Wednesdays.

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BEL AIR, Md. (AP) - Crabs and oysters get more attention, but Maryland officials are also working to support the state's population of freshwater mussels.

The mussels are prized for similar reasons as oysters - the bivalves help filter the water. Mussels also provide a food supply for other species.

The Baltimore Sun reports biologists with Maryland's Department of Natural Resources are attempting for the first time to grow tens of thousands of mussels in a hatchery.

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.

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.


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.


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.

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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DAGSBORO, Del. (AP) - Another bald eagle has been found dead in Delaware, bringing the total number of dead eagles found to five.
Delaware Natural Resources Police Sgt. John McDerby says the fifth eagle was found Sunday in Dagsboro.
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources previously said in a statement that one eagle was found dead near Dagsboro on Saturday morning. Three other birds were found disoriented about a mile away from where the first bird was found. They later died.

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CHARLOTTE HALL, Md. (AP) - Authorities have rescued a bald eagle after it was found entangled in a cord in the woods in Charles County.

The Charles County Sheriff's Office's announced that Department of Natural Resource officers and private wildlife rescue personnel worked with the sheriff's office to free the bird on Friday near Charlotte Hall.

Authorities say the bird was being choked by the cord and couldn't free its talons. After saving the bird, rescuers checked it for injuries and then released it safely into the wild.

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SWANTON, Md. (AP) - State wildlife managers are bringing lethal force to bear on pesky Canada geese at Deep Creek Lake.

The first goose hunting season in the western Maryland resort area opens Monday. It runs through Wednesday.

The Department of Natural Resources says in a statement that it developed the hunt to address residents' concerns about abundant goose droppings.

The hunt is by reservation only at three locations.

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A survey has found the juvenile striped bass population is the eighth highest since recording began in 1954.

The Department of Natural Resources survey measures spawning success. It found an average of 24.2 juvenile fish per sample. That's about double the long-term average of 11.9.

Eric Durell, a DNR fisheries biologist, says the higher juvenile population is a good sign for the future.

The Easton Star-Democrat reports that the juvenile population peaked in 1996 after a moratorium on the striped bass fishery in the mid-1980s.

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There were four DUI arrests during a stepped up presence on Saturday night in Worcester County.  

There also was one civil citation for possession of marijuana.

In addition to the saturation patrols state police say they checked 306 vehicles during a one hour period last night starting at 11 p.m. on Route 50.  

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there were no DUI arrests from that checkpoint.

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says the Menhaden season is over.

The announcement came earlier this week with the agency saying that the quota has been met.

Harry Phillips with Russell Hall Seaford told WBOC that he was concerned that there weren’t any specific numbers from DNR.

The state officials say that they have two reporting systems -- electronic and a monthly log.

But since not all of the watermen have the immediate electronic system of reporting the agency believes that the August monthly log will show the quota has been met.

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GRASONVILLE, Md. (AP) - Northern snakehead fish have been caught in Wicomico and Queen Anne's counties and may be breeding in the waters.
Signs from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources urge anglers to report as much information as possible if they catch a snakehead fish and kill any they catch. In Maryland, Delaware and Virginia, it is illegal to possess or release a snakehead. The penalty is a fine up to $25,000 and 30 days in jail.

LEWES, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say a popular fishing pier in Lewes is projected to reopen next winter.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Department of Natural Resources plans to start repairs to the Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier in summer or fall.

Officials ordered the World War II-era pier closed in October when an inspection found it was in immediate need of repairs.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A bill that would allow Sunday hunting in Baltimore County is getting a hearing before a Senate committee.

The Senate Committee on Education, Health and Environmental Affairs is scheduled to hear testimony Tuesday regarding legislation that would allow hunters in Baltimore County to hunt on Sunday. The bill is proposed by Sen. Johnny Ray Salling, R-Baltimore County.

It is illegal to hunt on Sundays but some Maryland counties have exemptions to the rule.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Hunting enthusiasts are rallying in Annapolis in favor of more Sunday hunting.

The Maryland Hunting Coalition is sponsoring Thursday's event. The group supports a bill in the General Assembly to allow Sunday deer hunting in Baltimore County, one of three that prohibit the practice. The others are Howard and Prince George's counties.

A new report says that the Conowingo Dam is not a major threat to the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

The $1.4 million multiagency study looked at the movement of sediment and materials such as phosphorus that damages the bay.

The agencies involved ranged from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Geological Survey to state agencies like the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Department of Natural Resources.

The full report is to be released later today.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A cleanup of coastal Delaware drew more than 1,800 volunteers who collected more than 3 tons of trash.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources said Friday that the volunteers fanned out along more than 80 miles of Delaware coastline on Sept. 20, from Wilmington to Fenwick Island.

The agency says about a third of the trash was able to be recycled, including glass and aluminum cans.

Volunteers found some unusual trash, too. That included an electric saber saw, a bowling ball, a car fender, crab traps and Christmas lights.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has enacted regulations on water jetpacks, which are becoming popular in Ocean City.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware has a new secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

WDEL-AM reports that Dave Small was sworn in Wednesday morning.

He has been deputy secretary since 2001. Small has been an employee of the department for 27 years. He has served six different cabinet secretaries.

Small lives in Dover. He replaces Colin O'Mara, who left the department to become president and chief executive officer of the National Wildlife Federation.

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The Department of Natural Resources got a new police boat for search and rescue as well as enforcement of fishing regulations in the Ocean City area.

The new 29-foot aluminum vessel has been designated NRP 150.

The gas-power craft cruises at a speed of 30 knots and can stay out in the water for up to 6 hours.

Its top speed is 47 knots.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the federal government paid for the craft that had a price tag of $265-thousand.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware is starting its annual spring woodland-pool spraying this week.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says its mosquito control section will treat wooded wetlands near select populated areas in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties.

Officials say about 4,000 to 7,000 forested acres that produce large numbers of early season mosquitoes will be strategically sprayed by helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft.

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There will not be a two week extension of the oyster season.

So, says the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Senator Richard Colburn asked for the extension saying that watermen had lost several days of work this season because of the winter weather and sub-freezing water temperatures.

But DNR said that the extension was not necessary because watermen did well this oyster season adding that only ten days were lost due to the weather.

The Oyster season ends March 31st.