Ohio – Mike Moore

Drought-driven disease confirmed in Ohio deer

Akron, Ohio – State wildlife and animal health officials have confirmed localized outbreaks of a common white-tailed deer disease in eight Ohio counties including Ashtabula, Columbiana, Geauga, Holmes, Paulding, Portage, Ross, and Summit. The Ohio Department of Agriculture's Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory confirmed that of the 20 samples, 13 deer had epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD). State animal health officials stress…

New video of Asian carp available to public

Ann Arbor, Mich. — The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) today released new Asian carp footage to the broadcast media and to the public.  The footage, which is freely available online in both high-definition and streaming formats, for the first time provides extensive, professionally filmed video of Asian carp, an invasive species threatening to enter the Great Lakes. The…

Ex-wildlife officer expected to testify against co-workers

Defrocked former wildlife officer Allan Wright will be called as a prosecution witness against two former colleagues who are accused of hunting while on duty. Wildlife officer Matthew Roberts and wildlife officer supervisor David Warner were indicted last week by a Brown County grand jury for theft in office in connection with the alleged hunting on duty charges. Brown County…

Asian carp DNA found in Lake Erie

Columbus – Federal and state wildlife officials working in conjunction with academic researchers announced six water samples taken from Sandusky and north Maumee bays tested positive for the presence of Asian carp environmental DNA in Michigan and Ohio waters of Lake Erie. The positive samples were among 417 taken from Lake Erie in August 2011, and more than 2,000 samples…

Indiana bat, wind project collide

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced the availability of a draft environmental impact statement and receipt of an application for an incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act.  The HCP was developed by Buckeye Wind LLC for its proposed wind power project in Champaign County, Ohio. The Service is accepting comments on the draft impact statement through…

Much-needed perch stocked at St. Marys

St. Marys, Ohio – Finally, some good news to share about Grand Lake St. Marys. DNR officials conducted an experimental stocking of yellow perch at Grand Lake St. Marys on May 23. The goal of the stocking was to provide more angler opportunities while improving the self-sustaining yellow perch population. “We believe the stocking, in conjunction with improvements in water…

Controlled hunt applications due by July 31

Columbus – Hunters wanting to participate in Ohio's fall controlled deer and waterfowl hunts have until July 31 to submit permit applications for a random drawing. These special hunts are held on selected public areas to provide additional hunting opportunities for Ohio’s hunting enthusiasts. All applicants, youth and adult, must possess a current hunting license and meet the age requirements…

Bad water withdrawal bill poised for passage

Columbus – The Ohio General Assembly is getting ready to pass a bill that would satisfy terms of the Great Lakes Compact for water withdrawals. But, the bill that has already passed the Ohio House is a bad one, according to the Ohio Environmental Council. Among other things, the bill would: Lock the courthouse door on the right of anglers,…

Ohio DNR clarifies filet rule

Columbus – The Ohio DNR Division of Wildlife has issued a statewide directive to its enforcement officers to clarify guidelines for enforcing a new rule that specifies the condition of fish filets being kept or transported. “Many Ohio anglers have expressed that they were confused about the filet rule so I asked our Division of Wildlife to clarify the rule…

Exotic ownership bill needs to be done right

A proposed bill that would ban new ownership of exotic animals in Ohio and require permits for existing owners has some fearing they'll have to euthanize pets or leave the state. The Zanesville Times Recorder reports dozens of owners met this weekend with state Sen. Tim Schaffer, a Lancaster Republican. Media was prohibited from the Saturday meeting conducted by The…

Cabela’s plans first Ohio store

Sidney, Neb. – Cabela’s Inc., the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, announced plans to open a store in Columbus, Ohio, bringing Cabela’s retail experience to customers in Columbus and the surrounding area. Cabela’s expects to open the store in spring 2013. The 80,000-square-foot store will be located in the Polaris Centers development at Gemini Parkway and…

Final deer season tally checks in at 219,698

Columbus – The DNR Division of Wildlife announced that 219,698 deer were taken during Ohio’s 2011-12 hunting season, compared to 239,379 in the 2010-11 season. The top three counties with the highest number of deer taken this season were: Coshocton, Licking, and Tuscarawas. Hunters showed support for the two new methods of game-reporting that were made available this year. Since…

DNR confirms muzzleloader dates

Columbus – Governor John Kasich on Dec. 21 issued an emergency rule reiterating that the statewide muzzleloader season for deer is Jan. 7-10, as published in the 2011-12 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations booklet. The emergency rule was requested by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife because the dates printed in the hunting regulations handbook were…

Online hunter match program possibly on way out

Athens, Ohio – A pilot project begun by the DNR Division of Wildlife several years ago to match farmers and hunters could be on its last legs. The project, huntohiofarms.com, was started at the urging of the Ohio Farm Bureau to match farmers suffering crop damage with willing hunters. The Division of Wildlife recently drafted a letter to the Ohio Farm Bureau,…

Lake Erie fish kill not caused by VHS

Sandusky, Ohio – Testing for viral hemorrhagic septicemia in Lake Erie walleyes was negative, reports Ray Petering of the DNR Division of Wildlife. Walleyes by the thousands have been washing up on Lake Erie beaches throughout the month of May. The fish kill, however, appears to be waning, Petering says. Fisheries biologists feared that VHS may have been to blame,…

Opening Day Turkey Count

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio hunters harvested a preliminary total of 2,646 bearded wild turkeys on the first day of the spring turkey-hunting season, which is open statewide through May 15, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. Top counties for wild turkeys killed on Monday were: Guernsey – 94; Adams – 88; Tuscarawas – 85;…

Grand Lake St. Marys fish OK to eat… for now

St. Marys, Ohio – Officials have removed a warning not to eat fish from Ohio’s largest inland lake after tests of lake fish showed no signs of a liver toxin. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced the results Feb. 7. Ohio’s DNR collected fish samples in October from Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio. The 13,000-acre lake has been…

St. Marys watershed officially designated ‘distressed’

Columbus – Due to the unprecedented harmful algal blooms of 2009 and 2010, the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed has been designated a watershed in distress as of Jan. 18, according to the DNR. A recent analysis, conducted by the DNR’s Division of Soil and Water Resources, concluded that the Grand Lake St. Marys (GLSM) watershed met the criteria for…

Our Roller Coaster Deer Season

Columbus – Hunters took 17,108 deer during Ohio’s four-day muzzleloader season, Jan. 8-11, with Tuscarawas County again leading the state with 914 deer checked.In 2010, a preliminary total of 24,078 deer was taken during muzzleloader season, according to the DNR Division of Wildlife.Counties reporting the highest number of deer checked during the muzzleloader season included: Tuscarawas-914, Harrison-761, Licking-671, Guernsey-665, Washington-527,…

Kill increases during bonus gun weekend

Columbus – Hunters killed 21,064 deer on Dec. 18-19, during the extra weekend of gun hunting, according to the DNR Division of Wildlife.The extra weekend of gun hunting was first offered in 2006 in response to hunters’ request for additional weekend days to pursue white-tailed deer, the state’s No. 1 big game animal. In 2009, hunters took 19,900 deer during…

Strickland sounds alarm on Asian carp

Port Clinton, Ohio – The threat to the Great Lakes posed by the pending invasion of Asian carp at Lake Michigan could become a disaster that surpasses even that being caused to the Gulf Coast by the BP oil spill, Gov. Ted Strickland asserted.The governor, who was walleye fishing on western Lake Erie in the 31st annual Lake Erie Governor’s…

Study: Power plant costs region $30 million annually in fish

Oregon, Ohio – Sport and commercial anglers, boaters, local residents, and citizen groups released an economic study that calculates the FirstEnergy Bay Shore coal plant costs Ohio $29.7 million every year in economic damage by destroying fish populations that would otherwise be used by Ohioans for recreation or commercial sale. The conservative $29.7 million estimate was for damage to fish…

Charges dismissed against DNR officer

Georgetown, Ohio – Brown County wildlife officer Allan Wright returned to work May 24 after criminal charges involving the DNR employee were dismissed by a special prosecutor. Wright was indicted April 2 along with five other DNR Division of Wildlife employees as the result of an investigation by the watchdog unit of the Ohio Inspector General. The IG investigation involved…