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New beetle discovered in southwest Ohio

Fairfield, Ohio – A fungus-carrying beetle that could kill walnut trees has been documented for the first time in southwest Ohio, according to Ohio the Department of Agriculture. The Walnut Twig Beetle is known to carry a fungus that causes Thousand Canker Disease, which could impact the sustainability of the trees. Once infected by the fungus, a walnut tree eventually…

Mudpuppy die-off a mystery

The mysterious salamander commonly known as a mudpuppy has conjured up a mystery as to what caused the deaths of hundreds of the aquatic critters during Hurricane Sandy, after the super storm whipped up storms and big waves across the Great Lakes. A resident of Sarnia, Ontario, found about 1,000 dead or dying mudpuppies on the beach in front of…

Low water at Mosquito leads to ramp closures

Cortland, Ohio – They say that water is so low at Mosquito Creek Reservoir in Trumbull County that even the catfish now have fleas. Likely the water level has not disappeared that much at the popular 7,850-acre though it has shriveled enough to close two public boat launches. That is, so far. These ramps are: The Ohio State Park ramp…

Ohio DNR swamped with calls on umbrella rig

The Ohio Division of Wildlife's call center has been swamped with so many phone calls and emails from anglers seeking information on the legality of the 5-hook Umbrella/Alabama rig, the DOW has set up a special website to explain Ohio's angler regulations and ways to modify the rig. "We are now referring folks to our new website link which explains…

Rare river otter find in Putnam County

Findlay, Ohio – A river otter recently found along the Auglaize River in Putnam County is the first such discovery of a river otter in the northwestern Ohio county in nearly a century, the DNR Division of Wildlife reported. A trapper found the otter drowned in a raccoon snare along the river’s bank. Because of the recent heavy rains and…

Officer’s court case could be resolved soon

The attorney for Ohio Division of Wildlife Officer Allan Wright has been in communication with a federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C. “regarding a possible resolution” of federal Lacey Act wildlife charges that were filed recently against Wright, the former Brown County wildlife officer. Attorney H. Louis Sirkin of Cincinnati said, “I can’t talk about it publicly,” in reference to his…

Assessing the Health of Ohio's Waters

Ohio is among central Midwestern states targeted by a first-of-a-kind national study of fish habitats that found a "very high risk" of habitat degradation due to urban development, livestock grazing, agriculture, and point-source pollution. "Through a Fish's Eye: The Status of Fish Habitats in the United States 2010," recently released by the National Fish Habitat Board, includes a national assessment…

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire

The Ohio Division of Forestry is reminding Ohioans to comply with state laws during March, April and May when open burning is banned between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. “Most people are surprised to learn Ohio usually has about 500 spring wildfires, which burn around 3,000 acres annually,” said Robert Boyles, chief of the Division of Forestry, in a news release. “Longer daylight hours,…

Ohio Division of Watercraft sailing into social media

The Ohio Division of Watercraft is making waves on Twitter @ohioWatercraft  – tacking toward social-media technology such as Twitter, Facebook and You Tube to interact with Ohio water enthusiasts.”We are excited to provide real-time information to Ohio boaters at their convenience,” said Pamela Dillon, chief of the Division of Watercraft, in a news release. “Facebook represents a new and fast way for…