Bears attack people in northwest Montana a few times a year. That’s enough for medical professionals and wildlife managers to have developed a special protocol that’s part treatment, part forensics to ensure both parties recover.
MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers has quietly appointed a former legislator to the state Department of Natural Resources board. The board’s chairman, Fred Prehn, introduced Fred Clark as a board member at the board’s meeting Tuesday morning. He replaces Preston Cole, whom Evers appointed as DNR secretary in December. The DNR’s board liaison, Laurie Ross, said Evers appointed Clark…
Oregon set a record for the number of campers at state parks last year, and the number of day-use visitors was the second-highest ever.
The system didn’t work when it first went live Jan. 30. The 1,200 to 1,300 people who managed to make reservations back then lost them when the system failed and will have to try again with everyone else.
Wildlife officials are pointing to an increase of sightings of the big animals in the northeastern part of the state as they ask lawmakers to make it a felony to kill moose without a hunting tag.
The plan would take decades to fully implement, and it focuses on strategies such as removals of dams, installations of fish passages and increasing the number of salmon that survive in the ocean. It states that the estimated cost is about $24 million per year, not including money federal departments already spend on salmon recovery work.
A necropsy report said the cat that attacked Travis Kauffman was male, 4 or 5 months old and weighed 35 to 40 pounds. Kauffman eventually suffocated the animal.
They have formed the Great Lakes Conservation Coalition, which will push for funding of a strategy proposed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
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…