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 Georgia Department of Natural Resources says four dolphins found dead at Wassaw and Jekyll Islands in November tested positive for dolphin morbillivirus, a measles-like virus that affect the lungs, brain, and immune system of marine mammals. Georgia DNR officials say they’ve found 23 dead dolphins in the state since Nov. 15. Clay George of the DNR’s Nongame Conservation Section says Georgia usually sees about 21 dolphins stranded on its shores per year
Despite the Ogeechee River fish population making a comeback after a massive fish kill in 2011, some anglers say they're not rushing to eat them just yet. An estimated 39,000 fish died in 2011 near a King America Finishing outfall pipe that was discharging into the river without a permit.
Loggerhead sea turtles have had another record-setting nesting season in Georgia, where the number of nests counted has increased each of the past four years. Loggerhead sea turtles are protected as a threatened species by federal law.
A rural south Georgia church built in the mid-1800s has been added to the official list of America's most treasured historic places. Liberty Baptist Church in Brooks County, just west of Valdosta, was granted a listing in late August in the National Register of Historic Places.
A decade ago, professional trapper Dan Eaton feared his craft was lapsing into obscurity. Today, he's not so sure. Georgia's resurgent trapping industry can be documented by a gradual but sustainable increase in the number of licenses sold each year by the state's Department of Natural Resources.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials are stressing the importance of watercraft safety as Labor Day weekend approaches. Agency officials say there have been 68 boating incidents so far this year, including eight boating-related fatalities.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials are reminding hunters that the deadline to apply for deer season is quickly approaching. Department spokeswoman Melissa Cummings says the deadline for the deer quota hunt is Sept. 1.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is offering a program for women looking to learn more about hunting, fishing and boating. Officials say casual classes are open to women of all ages and fitness levels and will focus on everything from shooting clays to birding.