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DNRE Reminds Public to Leave Wildlife in the Wild

As spring brings the season for wildlife to give birth, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment reminds Michigan residents to resist the instinct to try to help seemingly abandoned fawns or other baby animals. “The truth is, the animal doesn’t need help – even if a fawn appears to be abandoned, its mother is almost always nearby,” said DNRE…

Judge: Michigan ban on deer baiting too vague

Gaylord, Mich. (AP) — A judge in Otsego County has thrown out a case against a man charged under Michigan’s ban on baiting and feeding deer in the Lower Peninsula, saying the ban is too vague. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment that it’s not clear whether the ruling Thursday by 87th District Court Judge Patricia Morse effects…

Michigan DNRE Supports Action by Minnesota to Delist Gray Wolf

DNRE Report Lansing, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment today said it supports recent action by the State of Minnesota to remove the gray wolf from the list of species protected by the Federal Endangered Species Act. The State of Minnesota filed a formal petition with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on March 15. “Our…

Six-week search finds no Asian carp in Chicago-area rivers and canals

AP Environmental Writer Traverse City, Mich. (AP) — An initial six-week mission to catch and kill Asian carp lurking on the Great Lakes’ doorstep turned up none of the despised fish, suggesting few if any have eluded an electric barrier designed to block their path to Lake Michigan, officials said recently. Beginning in mid-February, teams of biologists and commercial fishermen…

Michigan’s New Recreation Passport Will Benefit State Parks, State Forests, Campgrounds, Non-Motorized Trails and Local Parks

DNRE Report Lansing, Mich. — Governor Jennifer M. Granholm signed into law the “Recreation Passport” legislation, which creates a new funding source for Michigan’s state parks, state recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, non-motorized trails and pathways and local parks. The new law takes effect Oct. 1, 2010, meaning citizens who want to visit state parks this year will still need a…

Local Residents Assist in Rescuing Conservation Officer

Chassell, Mich. — Department of Natural Resources and Environment Conservation Officer Dennis Gast was responding on a snowmobile to a complaint of set lines on Otter Lake near Chassell in Houghton County last Saturday night when he fell through thin ice and found himself in eight feet of freezing water. Fortunately, Gast was able to alert nearby residents to assist…

Leftover Spring Turkey Licenses Go on Sale Monday, March 8

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment reminds hunters that leftover spring turkey licenses go on sale to unsuccessful license applicants on Monday, March 8, at 10 a.m. Licenses will go on sale to all hunters, including those who did not participate in the application process, on March 15 at 10 a.m. Applicants can check for license drawing results at…

Outdoor Observation – April 20, 2009

Bill Parker MAKE_A_DIFFERENCE. The goal of most conservation groups is to make a difference in the field of outdoor recreation they represent. Most accomplish that goal, either in modest measurements or drastic accomplishment, through volunteer efforts. A conservation group in northern Lower Michigan is making a big difference in the continued survival and proliferation of one of Michigan’s treasured, although…