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Game and Fish reminder: Leave baby animals alone

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department offers a simple message to well-intentioned humans who want to pick up and rescue what appear to be orphaned baby animals this time of year — don’t touch them. Whether it is a young fawn, duckling, cottontail rabbit or a songbird, it is better to just leave them alone.

More often than not, young animals are not abandoned or deserted, and the mother is probably nearby. Young wildlife are purposely placed into seclusion by their mothers to protect them from predators.

White suckers only legal in Bois de Sioux, Red rivers

The state Game and Fish Department reminds anglers that live white suckers are not legal baitfish anywhere in North Dakota, except in the Bois de Sioux and Red rivers.

Fathead minnows, sticklebacks and creek chubs are the only legal live baitfish outside of the Bois de Sioux and Red rivers. Dead white suckers, which have been preserved by freezing, salting or otherwise treated to inactivate reproductive capabilities, are legal bait.

The transportation of live white suckers, other than in Richland, Cass, Traill, Grand Forks, Walsh and Pembina counties, is illegal.

Anglers are also reminded that live baitfish, or other live aquatic bait such as leeches, cannot be transported from another state into North Dakota.

Elk tag auction scheduled for June 5 in Killdeer

The Hill Top Heritage Foundation will auction a 2019 North Dakota elk license on June 5 at The Pipe in Killdeer, according to Sheila Murphy, foundation president.

The license, issued by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department through a special allocation, is good on any elk in any area in the state. The license is available to both bow and/or rifle hunters. 

Brats and bidding will begin with happy hour at 5 p.m., followed by the live auction at 6 p.m. Mountain time, according to Murphy.

Phone bidding will be available though special arrangements with the office of Fayleen Fischer, the foundation director, at 701-260-3216. Bidders will be assigned a proxy bidder who will be on the phone with them throughout the auction, placing bids as directed. Winning bidder will be charged $1,000 on a credit card when the auction ends, with the remainder due by bank transfer by noon June 7.

Those who are not available to bid during the auction also can make special arrangement with the foundation director for a proxy bidder to bid up the bidder’s set amount.

The winning bidder will have to submit a license application with identifying information provided, including hunter safety completion date.

The HTHF will donate 10% of the auction proceeds to Youth Fishing Day at Lake Ilo which is held annually in early June.

-- Compiled from press releases and staff reports

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