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Mixid Bag: Outdoor news items from around Wisconsin (Dec. 28)

Madison – The DNR stocked 2,800 pheasants at 25 state properties in central and southern Wisconsin during the week of Dec. 19 to increase hunting opportunities throughout the holiday season and through the season closing date of Jan. 8, 2023.

The pheasant holiday stocking began in 2017. Five state properties were initially stocked in 2017, with another three in 2018.

“We are excited to again offer this unique hunting opportunity at a time when friends and family are gathering to make outdoor memories,” said Kelly Maguire, DNR State Game Farm manager. “The selected areas are located near population centers to provide accessible opportunities to as many hunters as possible.”

The stocked wildlife areas include: Albany Wildlife Area, Green County; Avoca Unit of Lower Wisconsin State Riverway, Iowa County; Avon Bottoms, Rock County; Badfish Creek, Dane County; Boscobel Unit of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway, Grant County; Brooklyn, Dane and Green counties; Evansville and Footville wildlife areas, Rock County; French Creek, Columbia County; Goose Lake, Dane County.

Horicon Marsh Wildlife Area, Dodge and Fond du Lac counties; Jackson Marsh, Washington County; Jefferson Marsh, Jefferson County, Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Waukesha County; Lake Mills, Jefferson County; Mazomanie Unit of Lower Wisconsin State Riverway, Dane County; Mud Lake, Columbia County; Mud Lake, Dodge County; Pine Island, Columbia County; Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kenosha County; Sauk Prairie State Recreation Area, Sauk County.

Theresa Marsh Wildlife Area, Washington and Dodge counties; Vernon, Waukesha County; Waterloo, Jefferson County; and Yellowstone Wildlife Area, Lafayette County.

DNR Extends Wolf Plan Comment Period

Madison — The DNR has announced an extension to the public review and comment period for the state’s draft wolf management plan. The review period is extended until Feb. 28, 2023. The extension is intended to allow more time for the public to review the details of the plan and share feedback.

The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation (WWF) had asked the DNR to add at least 30 days to it’s original 60-day comment period that began Nov. 9 with the release of the draft plan. The WWF also has asked the DNR to schedule public hearings on the plan in wolf country. No hearings have been set as of press time for this issue.

Police Seeking Tips on Bald Eagle Shooting

Milwaukee (AP) — Police in Franklin are seeking tips to help them solve the case of a bald eagle that was shot and injured.

The adult male bird was found unable to fly Wednesday, Dec. 7, on private property in Franklin, a city in Milwaukee County about 15 miles southwest of Milwaukee. Eagles and their nests are federally protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

“We’re looking for any information from the public, no matter how small it seems,” said Wisconsin DNR Conservation Warden Sam Haferkorn. “If people heard gun shots or anything out of the ordinary in that area of Franklin, please contact us.”

An examination at the Wisconsin Humane Society Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Milwaukee revealed that the eagle had been shot with a firearm. It had a broken beak, fractured humerus and a substantial wound to muscle and other soft tissues in its wing.

Emergency surgery was performed to stabilize the fracture.

Under the Eagle Protection Act, wounding or killing an eagle can result in a fine of $100,000 and one year in prison for a first offense, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The number of bald eagle nests in Wisconsin increased from 107 in 1974 to 1,684 in 2019, according to the DNR.

This year marked a milestone in eagle recovery when several active eagle nests were documented in Milwaukee County, the last of the state’s 72 counties to have such activity. It’s not known if the adult male eagle was one of the nesting pairs.

DNR Confirms Second CWD-Positive Wild Deer Found in Shawano County

Madison — The DNR confirmed a second wild deer tested positive for CWD in southwestern Shawano County in the town of Germania. The deer was a 4- to 5-year-old buck shot during the 2022 archery season. The DNR asks hunters in Shawano, Waupaca, Marathon, and Portage counties to help identify where CWD is present on the landscape. Those harvesting deer within 10 miles of the new positive are encouraged to have their deer tested.

The DNR enacts a three-year baiting and feeding ban in counties where CWD has been detected and two-year bans in adjoining counties that lie within 10 miles of a CWD detection. The discovery of this positive deer results in renewal of the three-year baiting and feeding ban in Shawano County and the renewal of a two-year baiting and feeding ban in Waupaca and Marathon counties.

Iowa Continues Aggressive CWD Testing

Des Moines, Iowa — Samples from more than 4,600 deer from across Iowa have been collected for CWD testing. Of those, 1,100 samples have been processed, with 11 deer testing positive.

Nine of the 11 samples were confirmed positive; two samples are considered suspect and are undergoing additional testing. The nine confirmed positive deer were from Allamakee, Appanoose, Clayton, and Wayne counties. The two suspect positive deer were from Allamakee and Plymouth counties. Allamakee and Clayton counties sit in the very northeast corner of Iowa, across the Mississippi River from Prairie du Chien, Wis., and just south of the Minnesota border.

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