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As northern Nevada continues to grow and expand its urban core, one local scientist is looking to see what impacts that could have on wildlife.

Tahoe Drone Rules Remain Murky

Jun 13, 2017
Courtesy of Brad Scott Visuals

Drone use is on the rise in the Tahoe Basin, but the regulations remain murky for flying unmanned aircrafts on land owned by the U.S. Forest Service, along with state parks in Nevada and California. Our contributor Brook Bentley reports.

There are some blanket rules across the U.S. about using drones. They include flying at or below 400 feet, staying at least 5 miles away from airports, and never flying near response efforts for emergencies like wildfires.

Alex Mosher

The Red Rock Hounds is a group in northern Nevada that employs unique tactics in dealing with troublesome coyotes in rural areas. Our reporter Sarah Parks joined the group on an early Sunday morning to learn more about the hunt.

A horn blares out in the early morning and more than twenty black and brown spotted hounds bellow in response. Half a dozen horses and riders fall in with the howling dogs, weaving through the tall sagebrush in Rancho Haven, a small community 45 minutes north of Reno. It’s the beginning of what’s called a fox hunt.

Bear Sightings Down In Nevada

Sep 21, 2016
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Nevada wildlife officials say fewer bears are roaming around the state's urban areas this year, likely because of weather conditions from El Nino. Our reporter Sarah Parks has more.

University of Nevada, Reno Provost Kevin Carman (left) visits with Seismology Lab Director Graham Kent in the KUNR studios.
KUNR

Naturally, most of us feel and remember only the large earthquakes, like the jolts that rattled through south Reno a few days before Christmas this past year. Or the 2008 swarm that went on for months that felt like years in west Reno. And there are less noticeable earthquakes occurring all the time as well.

Not only is northern Nevada earthquake country, it’s also the epicenter of worldwide earthquake research that’s happening every day right here at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Interview: The Threats Facing Monster Fish

Mar 18, 2016
Steve Shadley

Scientists say climate change and increasing demands on the world's rivers are harming enormous freshwater fish that can weigh more than 200 pounds. As Reno Public Radio’s Steve Shadley reports, one museum is helping the public understand the challenges ahead for so-called Monster Fish.

The Discovery Museum in downtown Reno is full of children excited to see replicas of giant fish from India and other parts of Asia. Our tour guide is Zeb Hogan. He's a University of Nevada, Reno biologist and host of Monster Fish, a TV series produced by National Geographic.

John Fochetti (jf.clearwaterlodge@gmail.com)

We recently posted a photo on Facebook of a visiting fisherman named Nick Roberts holding a 23-pound Lahontan Cutthroat Trout that he caught at Pyramid Lake just outside Reno. Now, close to 350,000 people have seen that post and almost 4,000 have shared it. So, what's the story behind that big fish? 

Proposed Coyote Hunting Ban Denied Again

Nov 16, 2015
Julia Ritchey

  A petition to ban the controversial practice of coyote hunting contests in Nevada failed again before the state’s Board of Wildlife Commissioners on Friday. Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey was there and has more.

The commission voted 5-2 to deny the petition after nearly three hours of emotional testimony from both sides of the issue.

Monster Fish Taking Over Discovery Museum

Nov 13, 2015
ThisisReno

The Nevada Discovery Museum is being transformed into an interactive underwater world featuring dozens of the globe’s largest freshwater fish. Reno Public Radio's Noah Glick has the details.

Coyote Derby Renews Debate Over Competitive Hunting

Oct 16, 2015

  Coyote hunting competitions are a regular occurrence in many parts of rural Nevada, but the controversial practice has animal rights activists renewing efforts to ban them. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

A flyer for a coyote derby in Austin, Nevada, this weekend advertises prizes and awards for hunters grouped into two- and three-person teams.

Phil Marshall is one of the organizers of the event. He says there are two benefits; the first is driving economic activity to a remote part of the state.

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