Michigan DNR

Two invasive species identified as new threats to Michigan

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, the Michigan DNR said in a news release Monday, Sept. 17. Already found in Delaware, New Jersey and Virginia, spotted lanternfly is spreading through eastern…

More than 2,000 pounds of red swamp crayfish confiscated; largest AIS seizure ever by DNR

(Michigan DNR)More than 2,000 pounds of live, illegal red swamp crayfish recently were seized by Michigan DNR conservation officers – the largest aquatic invasive species seizure by the Michigan DNR, the agency said in a news release Tuesday, July 23. Red swamp crayfish are prohibited in both Michigan and Canada. They burrow and create shoreline erosion, creating instability. Additionally, they…

Cleanup improves health of Upper Peninsula’s Menominee River

(Michigan DNR)A recent cleanup effort along a stretch of the Menominee River is expected to boost fish and environmental health in the area as the river recovers. The Menominee River forms the boundary between the northeast corner of Wisconsin and the southern tip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, with headwaters originating in both states and eventually emptying into Green Bay. Federal…

First case of CWD suspected in Jackson County

Over 31,000 deer have been tested for the disease since May 2015. If confirmed by the federal lab, this would be the 58th CWD-positive deer in Michigan and the first in Jackson County. Chronic wasting disease already has been confirmed in Clinton, Ingham, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties.

Survey: Upper Peninsula wolf population continues to thrive

DNR wildlife biologists estimate there was a minimum of 662 wolves found among 139 packs across the Upper Peninsula this past winter. Fifteen more wolf packs were found during this past winter’s survey than in 2016, but pack size has decreased slightly and now averages less than five wolves.

DNR gets boost in efforts to improve public shooting ranges in Michigan – to the tune of $1.25 million

(Michigan DNR)The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently approved a total of $1.25 million over a five-year period for the Michigan DNR to provide up to 75 percent of funding for improvements to partner shooting ranges throughout Michigan. The DNR received these additional federal funds via the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (Pittman-Robertson Act), through which hunters and sport…

Forest tent caterpillar outbreak continues in parts of Michigan

The insects, which are native to Michigan, occur in widespread outbreaks every 10 to 15 years. The most recent outbreaks peaked in 2002 and 2010. They’ve been spotted across the Lower Peninsula and in the eastern Upper Peninsula. Outbreaks usually last two or three years; this is the second or third year for outbreaks in some areas.