Ponies on the Edge
The Assateague Island pony herd has been roaming the island for centuries - no one knows for sure just how long. One thing that is known by federal wildlife manager on the island is that the herd is too large and in some ways is damaging the tender Assateague ecology. Now, officials are taking action to reduce the size of the herd.
Out of the Woods
Black Bears and people have been running into each for a long time in Western Maryland. White pioneers who first settled the mountains feared the occasional bear because of the species' insatiable appetite for anything edible - including settlers' hard-earned crops. Back then, there were few people living in the mountains. Now, with more numbers of people vacationing and moving to mountain tourist destinations like Deep Creek Lake, encounters between people and bears are growing in number.
Million Dollar Lure
Somewhere out there, in the world's largest estuary known as the Chesapeake Bay, swims a fish that's worth a million dollars. The reason: the number of people who fish the bay is down. So, officials of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources knew that a good way to bring them back is with a water-borne sweepstakes.