DNR Report

Two invasive species identified as new threats to Michigan

Lansing — Spotted lanternfly, a leaf-hopper native to China and India, and Japanese chaff flower, a plant from East Asia, have been added to the state’s invasive species watch list due to the threats they pose to agriculture and the environment. Already found in Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Virginia, spotted lanternfly is spreading through eastern Pennsylvania. Nymphs (immature…

Hunts offered at Ohio nature preserves

Columbus — In a continuing effort to control deer populations, specifically those affecting native plant communities, the Ohio DNR will coordinate special deer hunts at nine state nature preserves across the state. Ohio’s nature preserve system protects some of the state’s rarest and highest quality ecology. Deer continue to exert a negative impact on many sensitive habitats at several state…

Michigan DNR firefighters travel to help battle wildland blazes across nation

Lansing — More than a dozen wildland firefighters from the Michigan DNR have been sent to California, Oregon, Washington and elsewhere to battle wildfires and to gain valuable firefighting experience. A crew of three firefighters has taken a DNR fire engine to help fight the vast and still raging Carr fire in northern California, said Dan Laux, fire section manager…

Wisconsin DNR: Lake Michigan stocking strategy paying off

Madison, Wis. — Lake Michigan boat anglers report catching good numbers of salmon and trout this summer and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has finished its first full year of implementing a new and enhanced stocking strategy to assure strong fish populations and fishing into the future. “We’re happy to see boat anglers are reporting good harvests of fish…

Proposal would lift crappie regs on many Ohio waters

Columbus — Changes to the 2019-2020 fishing season were among the regulations proposed to the Ohio Wildlife Council at its scheduled meeting on Wednesday, July 11. Several other changes that had been presented to the council earlier this year were voted on. These changes were approved and became effective in late July. Several changes were proposed for black bass (largemouth,…

Wisconsin spring waterfowl survey shows good breeding numbers

Madison — Wisconsin’s spring waterfowl population surveys show stable to increased numbers of breeding pairs, as well as relatively good wetland conditions that should result in increased production this year across most of the state. Taylor Finger, DNR migratory bird ecologist, said that while fewer numbers of birds were observed than last year, an increase in the mallard population estimate…

Minnesota DNR: breeding duck numbers up

St. Paul — Population counts showed good results for several species of ducks that nest in Minnesota, according to the results of the annual DNR spring waterfowl surveys. “Mallard, blue-winged teal, and Canada goose counts were all improved from last year,” said Steve Cordts, DNR waterfowl specialist. “The survey is designed for mallards, and our breeding mallard population remains above…

Flooding, washouts close roads, parks, trails in Wisconsin’s northern counties

Superior, Wis. — Heavy rains across northwestern Wisconsin June 15-18 flooded some roads and caused washouts on some highways, roads, state parks, forests and trails. According to the National Weather Service, these areas received 7 to 12 inches of rain from Friday, June 15 into Monday, June 18. There are several Wisconsin state park properties and parts of properties that…

Last year produced record walleye catch from Michigan’s Saginaw Bay

Bay City, Mich. — Anglers on Michigan’s Saginaw Bay caught a record number of walleye during the 2017-2018 winter months. This record is attributed to three main factors: the increase to the daily possession limit, further increases in walleye population numbers, and good ice-fishing conditions in 2018. Anglers took 123,793 walleye, the most ever measured since creel surveys began on…

Preliminary Wisconsin bobcat harvest at 548

Madison — Hunters and trappers harvested 548 bobcats in Wisconsin, according to preliminary harvest data for the 2017-18 bobcat seasons. Preliminary data combines state and tribal harvest information; final harvest numbers should be available by mid-June. With the addition of the southern management zone, 2017 marks the fourth year of statewide bobcat harvest by hunting and trapping. Bobcat harvest is…

Rule change aids Michigan steelhead anglers

Lansing — A recent regulation change gives Michigan anglers the chance to use longer nets when fishing steelhead streams this spring. Recent legislation has simplified fishing regulations for anglers, particularly those pursuing steelhead on the state’s rivers and streams in the spring. The legislation removed a net size restriction for landing the fish that has been in place for many…

For Ohio anglers, walleye, perch bag limits to remain the same on Lake Erie

Sandusky, Ohio — Lake Erie anglers should experience another year of diverse fishing opportunities in 2018, according to Ohio DNR. Great walleye hatches from 2014 and 2015 are expected to contribute to exceptional fishing opportunities in Lake Erie this year. Anglers pursuing yellow perch in Lake Erie’s Western Basin will likely find excellent numbers and size. Lake Erie walleye and…

Minnesota DNR: Lake Mille Lacs smallmouth population robust

St. Paul — Since the late 1990s, Lake Mille Lacs has become an increasingly popular destination for anglers who want to catch trophy-size smallmouth bass. Until now, it wasn’t known how many of these fish – prized more for their fight than their fillets – called the lake home. A population estimate completed in 2018 shows there are some 67,000…

In Minnesota, deep snow, cold lead to fish kills

St. Paul — Cold winters with abundant snowfall can lead to fish die-offs, and the Minnesota DNR has already taken reports of this process, known as winterkill, occurring in lakes near Brainerd, Hinckley, and the Twin Cities areas. “While seeing lots of dead fish can be disconcerting, we remind people that winterkill is normal and happens every year to some…

Michigan poacher sentenced to 60 days in jail and over $30,000 in fines

Allegan, Mich. — An Allegan County man has pleaded guilty to deer poaching as the result of a DNR investigation. Colton Anderson, 22, of Plainwell was sentenced Jan. 18 in Allegan County 57th District Court to 60 days in jail, $30,250 in reimbursement to the state and the loss of hunting privileges for seven years. The investigation began when Conservation…

Whitetail in Michigan’s Genesee County tests positive for EHD

Lansing — The Michigan DNR Wildlife Disease Laboratory and the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory announced they have confirmed that a free-ranging white-tailed deer in Genesee County has died from epizootic hemorrhagic disease. EHD is a viral disease, sometimes fatal, found in wild ruminants such as white-tailed deer, mule deer and elk. The disease is transmitted by a type…

Wisconsin’s northern zone waterfowl hunters looking at another strong season

Madison — The 2017 North Zone duck season opens Sept. 23, and above average breeding conditions and a relatively wet summer mean Wisconsin’s hunters can expect good hunting. “Conditions were above average this spring, and the entire state has seen abundant rainfall for most of the summer, with it starting to dry out heading into early fall. Waterfowlers should have…

Upper Peninsula Cougars Linked to Rocky Mountains

DNA testing conducted on cougars killed in the Upper Peninsula

Genetic testing on tissue samples from two cougars poached in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan shows the two animals likely came from a population found generally in South Dakota, Wyoming and northwest Nebraska.