Laysan albatross named Wisdom is at least 68 years old and has raised at least 31 chicks.
MADISON, Wis. — A deer on a Forest County hunting ranch has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. State agriculture officials issued a news release Monday saying tests confirm the six-year-old whitetail buck was infected. The deer was born on a Marinette County breeding farm and moved to the ranch in 2014. Both the farm and ranch have been quarantined…
Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn is sponsoring several bills that target deer farms to try to stop the disease from spreading from captive to wild deer. Another would give the University of Minnesota $1.8 million to develop faster and more sensitive diagnostic tests that farms and regulators could use on live deer and hunters could use to make sure their venison is safe to eat.
A continuing decline in snowmobiling in Vermont will likely have economic consequences.
More than 5,000 elk had gathered on the refuge’s southern area.
Northeast Iowa, southwest Wisconsin and northwest Illinois all are considered part of the Driftless Area, an expansive swath of land that escaped glaciation during the last ice age. And local fishermen know there is more to the Driftless Area than what immediately meets the eye.
Nesting surveys conducted last year by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources revealed a record number of nesting birds, with 1,695 nests occupied by breeding adults.
The female wolf crossed over an ice bridge formed by the recent polar vortex en route to an area close to Grand Portage, where she was translocated from in early October 2018.
The proposal would create special permits for landowners to hunt deer up to a week before the official firearm hunting season starts, if they open at least half of their land to hunters during the regular season.
The three largest hunting groups in Maine all oppose a proposal to allow the use of crossbows during the archery season for deer in the state.
“We have several communities in Pinellas and Clearwater where they see them every day on the golf courses, in the cemeteries, where there are townhouse communities on the beaches – places where you wouldn’t really expect coyotes to be.”
Even though the MDC reports that more than 9,300 feral hogs were killed in the state last year – a more than 40 percent jump from the 6,500 killed in 2017 – it’s difficult to gauge whether control efforts are working to reverse the tide.
According to estimates, Washington has a minimum of 122 wolves. But a researcher says it’s possible the population of wolves is closer to 200 animals. And state wolf managers say Washington’s wolf population has grown, on average, 30 percent per year.
Recent polar vortex won’t cause the insect to go extinct, but could buy landowners time to treat ash trees that haven’t been infected yet.
About half of the state’s roughly 300 bird species head south to warmer climates in the winter, and the birds that stay are tough enough to survive the extreme cold weather, as long they’re able to find food,
PolyMet completed swapping 6,650 acres of federal land in the Superior National Forest for a similar amount of private land last June. (U.S. Forest Service)MINNEAPOLIS — A federal judge in Minnesota has lifted a hold that had been placed on four lawsuits challenging the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The decision by U.S. District Judge Joan Ericksen doesn’t…
Subzero temps can be good for the state’s many lakes by curbing the growth of harmful algae and reducing water loss.
(recreation.gov)DULUTH, Minn. — Federal officials say they are starting over on accepting reservation for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of northeastern Minnesota because of technical issues. Forest Service officials say only a small number of people were able to receive access to apply for permits, so officials are cancelling reservations that have been processed and are issuing refunds. Officials…
A week of sub-freezing temperatures – and a deep freeze due – were expected to rescue the ice fishing season.
Wolves are being relocated to Isle Royale National Park on Lake Superior. (National Park Service)A 60-year-old study of wolves and moose at Isle Royale National Park is back on track after being derailed by the partial government shutdown, and enough private funding has been raised to ensure the work will go on even if federal agencies are idled again, officials…
A California judge upheld protection for gray wolves under the state’s Endangered Species Act, rejecting a legal challenge from ranchers and farmers who fear the predators will threaten their livestock. The judge in San Diego ruled that California was right to list the wolves as endangered in 2014. A lawsuit on behalf of the California Farm Bureau Federation and the…
(Photo by Bob Drieslein)HAMILTON, Mont. — No one knows much about the isolated bighorn sheep herd that calls the area around Painted Rocks Reservoir home. That’s about to change. With the help of two sportsmen’s organizations, Montana Fish and Wildlife biologist Rebecca Mowry has been working this winter to capture and GPS collar eight of the animals. With the help…
John Anfinson, superintendent of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area in Minnesota, said it felt great to tell his employees to open the Mississippi River Visitor’s Center. He texted his manager and said “Roll up the gate!”
Two of the state’s four bear management zones in far north-central Wisconsin and south-central Wisconsin will see decreases in available permits to combat a declining bear population in the north and growing hunter density in the south.
Association is worried in particular about a new commercial whitefish season to be held in October.
Want to crack down on deer farms as concern grows about the persistence of chronic wasting disease among wild deer in the southeastern part of the state.