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Rogue squirrel results in school lockdown, SWAT responds

Rogue squirrel results in school lockdown, SWAT responds

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – A recent job has likely left a few pest-control workers red-faced as their removal attempts resulted in a school lockdown.

Officials fight spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

Officials fight spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Last month, The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission confirmed an elk was the first case of Chronic Wasting Disease in the natural state. Since then, two deer have also tested positive for the deadly disease.

While the disease can’t be contracted to humans, it is still something Arkansans should take seriously.

Prescribed fire planned at Hot Springs National Park

Prescribed fire planned at Hot Springs National Park

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Hot Springs National Park is planning to conduct prescribed fire operations the week of November 2, weather permitted.

“Weather conditions permitting, prescribed fires will be completed along West Mountain Drive and Sugarloaf Mountain in the Cedar Glades Road area,” said Josie Fernandez, park superintendent.  West Mountain roads will be closed during burn operations and commuters need to plan for alternate routes.

Old-growth forest restoration, exotic species reduction and fuels reduction are the primary reasons for conducting prescribed fires.

“Fire is a natural process, and has been a part of Arkansas landscapes for thousands of years,” said Fernandez.  “Prescribed fire is a way for land managers to restore ecosystems in a carefully planned manner, using very specific weather and personnel guidelines to protect public safety while achieving resource management objectives.”

Ouachita National Forest employees receive regional awards

Ouachita National Forest employees receive regional awards

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (USDA) - Ouachita National Forest personnel were honored in 5 of 15 award categories during the U.S. Forest Service Southern Region awards in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 7.

The Poteau-Cold Springs Ranger District received the prestigious 2013 "Ranger District of the Year" award for its leadership in natural resource management while maintaining quality of work and safety to the public and its employees.

Lake Catherine State Park hosting Bald Eagle Bonanza Weekend

Lake Catherine State Park hosting Bald Eagle Bonanza Weekend

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (LCSP) - If your spine tingles at the sight of an eagle soaring majestically, then you’re aware of the unique combination of beauty and efficient design that sets these birds apart from other winged creatures. While soaring at 500ft, it can spot a fish from a mile away, and then swoop down to it at 100 miles per hour. Don’t think it’s necessary to travel to far-off places to see an eagle in the wild. Arkansas is a favorite wintering ground for bald eagles, and they are seen in nearly every part of the Natural State.

Lake Catherine State Park celebrates their arrival with the Bald Eagle Bonanza Event. This will be your chance to get out and see eagles, various other birds of prey, and migratory birds in the wild as expert Rangers, Naturalists, and Park Interpreters take you within viewing distance. Other common sightings on the tours include ospreys, waterfowl, herons, loons, owls, and other winter wildlife. 

Lake Hamilton among Fishhound's 50 Best Crappie Lakes

Lake Hamilton among Fishhound's 50 Best Crappie Lakes

Want to land some bragging size crappie?  Maybe even break the current IGFA all-tackle record? You’d be wise to fish the lakes rated by Fishhound.com as the best in the country for oversized slabs.

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