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Hunting theme no longer mandatory in U.S. duck stamp contest

ST. LOUIS — Artists will no longer have to incorporate hunting imagery to win a coveted spot for their work on the federal duck stamp, a reversal of a Trump-era requirement. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it’s eliminating the “celebrating our waterfowl hunting heritage” theme from its annual Federal Duck Stamp contest, a change that goes into effect…

What’s ahead for the Wisconsin wolf hunt

(Photo courtesy of Wisconsin DNR)MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin wildlife officials will allow state-licensed hunters to kill wolves this fall despite conservationists’ pleas to end wolf hunting completely, after a spring season that saw hunters blow past their quota by almost 100 animals. Here are the key takeaways from the decision. HOW MANY WOLVES ROAM WISCONSIN? The state DNR’s last population…

Bug that could hurt Christmas tree industry found in Michigan

(U.S. Forest Service)ROCKFORD, Mich. — An invasive bug that could threaten Michigan’s Christmas tree industry has been discovered in the western part of the state. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said Monday it had confirmed the presence of the balsam woolly adelgid near Rockford in Kent County. A homeowner noticed several Fraser firs in their yard were…

State investigating common carp deaths in Michigan lake

LAKE ORION, Mich. — State officials are investigating the deaths of hundreds of adult common carp at an Oakland County lake. Michigan’s DNR said between 250 and 500 of the fish have been found dead since mid-July in Lake Orion, northwest of Detroit. Area residents reported the dead fish to the state agency. DNR fisheries division staff collected samples July…

Group offers new options to see sandhill crane migration

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — After a February of super cold weather, the sun’s warmth has made its presence felt again in south-central Nebraska. The warm weather and cool breezes from the south have aided the seasonal sandhill crane migration. According to a recent aerial survey by the Crane Trust, the group estimates that about 450,000 sandhill…