Staff and News Reports

BRP acquires Alumacraft, creates Marine Group

Valcourt, Quebec – Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), headquartered in Valcourt, Quebec, announced this week the creation of the Marine Group with the acquisition of Alumacraft, a private North American manufacturer of aluminum fishing boats based in St. Peter, Minn., BRP said in a news release. Tracy Crocker, senior vice-president and general manager of Evinrude Outboard Motors since 2017, has been…

Agricultural land conservation potential on display in state’s first MN CREP easement

REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. —  Seeded with a pollinator-friendly mix and signed with white placards, the state’s first recorded Minnesota Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (MN CREP) easement borders a public ditch that runs through Robert and Cathy VanderLinden’s Redwood County corn field. It’s a conservation milestone for Minnesota, marked on June 18 with a short ceremony and site visit hosted by…

Shultzabarger first woman state forester, bureau director

Harrisburg, Pa. — Ellen Shultzabarger, a veteran of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resource’s Bureau of Forestry, has been appointed state forester and will serve as director of the bureau, becoming the first woman to hold those positions since the creation about 125 years ago of what is now the DCNR Bureau of Forestry. Shultzabarger, 41, has worked for…

For first time, fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats detected in Wyoming

CHEYENNE — Wyoming wildlife researchers working at Fort Laramie National Historic Site in Goshen County have detected the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats, the first such finding in the state. Testing of skin-swab samples collected from the wing of a little brown bat confirmed the presence of the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd for short). The bat was captured on May 16…

Time winding down to apply for Shimano scholarship program

LADSON, S.C. — For graduating high school seniors, undergrad and graduate students interested in fisheries, wildlife and natural resource fields of study, the application period for the Shimano Varsity Program Scholarships is winding down. Shimano North American Fishing, Inc., is awarding up to $30,000 in financial assistance to future leaders in conservation, fisheries and wildlife sciences and management, according to…

Wisconsin DOJ charges lure-maker with bilking investors

(WBAY.com)Andrew Reynent, 37, of Cecil, Wisc., is accused of bilking investors in his Screamline Lures company for about $350,000 between 2015 and 2017 and spending it on personal expenses and gambling, according to reports. He is charged with seven counts of embezzlement of amounts ranging from $10,700 to $102,588. According to a WBAY.com report, the Wisconsin Department of Justice estimates $141,084 of investor money was spent at…

Colorado county opposes reintroduction of wolves

The Mesa County (Colo.) Commission has urged the federal government in a resolution to follow the recommendations of the Colorado Wildlife Commission, which opposes reintroduction of the gray wolf to Colorado, according to a recent story in The Daily Sentinel. “These animals are killers,” Commissioner Scott McInnis said in the story. “They have no place in this state.” According to the story,…

Governor’s Advisory Council seeks to fill opening on Fish and Boat Commission

Harrisburg, Pa. – The Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation is seeking qualified candidates to fill an upcoming vacancy on the board of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission from the First District, which includes Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, and Warren counties. The district has been represented with distinction by Edward Mascharka III, Erie County,…

Michigan’s Grand Valley State claims title at Bassmaster event

Jefferson City, Tenn. — Lucas Murphy and Nolan Hitt had only fished one official tournament together before they teamed up earlier this month in the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Eastern Tour presented by Bass Pro Shops. The first event was forgettable, but this one they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. Murphy and Hitt, who compete for Grand Valley…

Woman attacked by bear was working on Montana grizzly study

KALISPELL, Mont. — Wildlife officials say a field assistant on a government grizzly bear study suffered serious injuries when she was attacked by a bear while working in a remote northwestern Montana mountain range. Amber Kornak, a Grizzly Bear Wildlife Technician for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), was seriously injured in what is being called a surprise attack…

Minnesota hunting industry mourns loss of John Burgeson

Anoka, Minn. — Wildlife Research Center founder John Robert Burgeson, 66, of Andover, passed away May 19. A native of Arden Hills and later Andover, Burgeson graduated from Mounds View High School in 1970 and went on to study business at Anoka Ramsey College and later Augsburg University. Graduating with a degree in business, Burgeson established Wildlife Research Center in…