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Saturday, April 20th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Todd Richmond

Groups file lawsuit to halt power line across Mississippi River Wildlife Refuge

A coalition of groups filed a last-minute federal lawsuit seeking to stop plans to build the Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line across a Mississippi River wildlife refuge.
American Transmission Company, ITC Midwest, and Dairyland Power Cooperative, Inc., want to build a 102-mile, 345-kilovolt line linking Iowa’s Dubuque County and Wisconsin’s Dane County. The cost is expected to top half a billion dollars. The utilities say the line would improve electrical reliability across the region.

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Fewer fish, more algae? Researchers look at potential impacts of lack of Great Lakes ice cover

Michigan Tech University biologists have been observing a remote Lake Superior island’s fragile wolf population every winter since 1958, but they had to cut this season’s planned seven-week survey short after just two weeks.
The ski plane they study the wolves from uses the frozen lake as a landing strip because there’s nowhere to touch down on the island. But this weirdly warm winter left the Great Lakes nearly devoid of ice. Now, scientists are scrambling to understand how iceless winters could affect the world’s largest freshwater system.

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Warm weather forces park officials to suspend Isle Royale wolf count for first time in decades

A stretch of unusually warm weather has forced federal officials to suspend researchers’ annual wolf-moose count in Isle Royale National Park for the first time in more than six decades.
Isle Royale is a 134,000-acre (54,200-hectare) island situated in far western Lake Superior between Grand Marais, Minnesota, and Thunder Bay, Canada. The park is a wildlife biologist’s dream — it offers a rare opportunity to observe wolves and moose acting naturally without human influence.

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In Wisconsin: A new wolf bill, and is a DNR budget shortfall ahead?

Wisconsin Republicans sent a bill to Gov. Tony Evers on Jan. 25 that would mandate state wildlife managers set a cap on the state’s wolf population, forcing the governor to choose between pleasing wolf advocates who want to protect the creatures and farmers who say wolves are destroying their livestock.

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Animals rights groups file lawsuit on Wisconsin wolf plan

Animal welfare advocates filed a lawsuit last week seeking to invalidate Wisconsin’s new wolf management plan, accusing state wildlife officials of violating the state’s open meetings law and disregarding comments from wolf researchers and supporters.
The lawsuit reflects how contentious the debate over wolf management has become in Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin DNR defends lack of population goal in wolf plan

Wisconsin wildlife officials defended their decision not to set a hard cap on the state’s wolf population in a new management plan in front of a Republican-controlled legislative committee saying a firm limit doesn’t reflect the complexities of wolf management.
The DNR’s Randy Johnson told the Senate’s sporting heritage committee that a lack of a hard limit gives the agency more flexibility to manage the species, allows packs to fluctuate and gives the population a better chance at maintaining wolf abundance for years to come.

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Wisconsin legislators press DNR policy board appointees on wolves, pollution, sandhill crane hunt

Republican legislators pressed three of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ appointees to the Department of Natural Resources board Wednesday on wolf management, a sandhill crane hunt and PFAS pollution costs ahead of possible confirmation votes.
The state Senate’s GOP-controlled sporting heritage committee didn’t get a lot of hard answers from Sharon Adams, Dylan Jennings or Paul Buhr during a 90-minute hearing, however. The trio revealed little about their personal stances, keeping their answers vague.

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Wisconsin DNR releases 3,500 public comments on wolf plan

Wisconsin wildlife officials recently released thousands of public comments on a new wolf management plan, some calling for the restoration of a statewide population limit and others urging a total hunting ban.
The comments broadly reflected all sides of the long-running debate over how to best handle the growing number of wolves in Wisconsin. DNR estimates released in September put the statewide population at more than 1,000 animals.

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