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Trial reaffirms conservation officers are the law

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A simple fact of life: When a bad guy confronts a conservation officer in most states, that officer is a sworn police officer. And if the warden or conservation cop is assaulted, look out.

Christopher Johnson, 29, was convicted of first-degree murder this week in Adams County District Court for the slaying of Pennsylvania Wildlife Conservation Officer David Grove in November 2010.

The jury deliberated for about a half-hour before delivering the verdict against the Fairfield, PA., resident, who was also convicted of deer poaching. District Attorney Shawn Wagner intends to seek the death penalty.

• Go online at to see a video on the Christopher Johnson trial linked to this report.

Slimming down:

From British Columbia comes this not-so-surprising story.

Fish are likely to get smaller on average by 2050 because global warming will cut the amount of oxygen in the oceans in a shift that may also mean dwindling catches, according to a study recently released. Average maximum body weights for 600 types of marine fish, such as cod, plaice, halibut and flounder, would contract by 14-24 percent by 2050 from 2000 under a scenario of a quick rise in greenhouse gas emissions, it said.

"The reductions in body size will affect whole ecosystems," lead author William Cheung of the University of British Columbia, told Reuters of the findings in the journal Nature Climate Change. His team of scientists said a trend toward smaller sizes was "expected to have large implications" for ocean food webs and for human "fisheries and global protein supply."

Berryman passes:

Funeral services for Penny P. Berryman of Hot Springs, Ark., will be held Friday in Glenwood, Ark. Berryman, 62, was a former competitive water skier who turned her love for the water into a love for bass fishing by becoming one of the leading women in professional tournament fishing. Berryman was also a co-host of ESPN's "Sportsman's Challenge" and a 2004 inductee into the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame.

Fishing report:

Lake Michigan: There are still a number of "fresh" salmon lingering in and just outside the various harbors here and in southern Wisconsin. On the other hand, a few charter boats are going as deep as 150 feet to locate some of the bigger, fresh kings and larger steelhead.

Fox Chain: Water levels have yet to be dropped, and that's good for crappie and walleye fishermen. Walleye action very decent on Bluff Lake.

Minocqua, Wis: Guide Greg Bohn reports water levels very low, which makes the normally excellent fall crappie fishing great. He's finding a few big walleyes, too.

•Contact Mike Jackson at, and catch his radio show 6-7 a.m. Sundays on WSBC 1240-AM and live-streamed at

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