Officials are investigating the deaths of at least 37 dolphins along Georgia's coast in the last six weeks. That's more dead dolphins than the state usually sees in an entire year. A state biologist says he suspects a measles-like virus is the killer. The deaths appear limited to migrating dolphins and not the ones that live in Georgia year round.
The company at the center of lawsuits stemming from a massive fish kill has agreed to pay dozens of landowners on the Ogeechee River. King America Finishing announced the settlements late Friday. The company also says it's paying a state fish hatchery to restock the river with juvenile American shad. That amounts to hundreds of thousands more recreational and commercial fish.
Georgia drivers can show their support for the state’s wildlife conservation efforts in a new way. Governor Nathan Deal and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Williams unveiled three new license plate designs Thursday.
Starting July 1, the state Department of Natural Resources will launch a five-year plan to change how its law enforcement unit works. The agency will also finish privatizing some parks. The DNR will have a public meeting Tuesday in Atlanta but some critics are already voicing concerns.
The Department of Natural Resources said its officers arrested more people for boating under the influence on Georgia’s waterways this Memorial Day weekend than in 2012. According to Captain Mike England, head of DNR’s law enforcement division, there were 27 BUI arrests over the holiday weekend in 2012 and 42 arrests in 2013.
This Memorial Day weekend will be the first big test for officers charged with enforcing Georgia’s new Boating Under the Influence law. The BUI law went into effect on May 15 and changed the blood alcohol limit from 0.10 to 0.08 for people behind the wheel of a boat or watercraft.
An 8-mile-long strip of land on South Georgia's Altamaha River soon could be open to the public. The Nature Conservancy has bought a 6,000 acre tract known as Boyles Island in Wayne County. The $8 million-dollar purchase from timber giant Rayonier is expected to become a $4 million sale to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
State biologists say they've spotted a humpback whale off Georgia's coast. The Brunswick News reports that humpback whales are not commonly seen off the coast, though North Atlantic right whales are well-known winter visitors.