Ralph Loos

Upland birds rejoice: Illinois’ farm bill biologist program expands

Springfield — In a state scrapping to improve its pheasant and quail populations and habitat, the Farm Bill Biologist Partnership has been invaluable. For both hunters and landowners, that is. Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever, which administers the program and plays a major role in it, shared good news recently, reporting that three new biologist’s positions were filled in Illinois. The biologists…

After alarming catch in Illinois, no new Asian carp found

This silver carp was caught in a gill net by commercial fishermen on June 22 a mere nine miles from Lake Michigan. (Photo courtesy of USFWS)Chicago — Crews from DNR, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers launched a frenzied two-week hunt for Asian carp after one of the fish was found a mere…

Stocking of fish to drop amid DNR struggles

If all goes well, biologists and technicians will release between 11 million and 12 million fish into the state’s lakes and rivers this year – a significant decline from the 20.9 million stocked in 2016 and light years from the 79.5 million fish stocked 15 years ago in 2002.