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Opinion: Does federal plan endanger eagles?

A new eagle-management plan proposed by the federal government would give wind energy developers 30-year permits to “take” or incidentally kill protected bald and golden eagles – without requiring the industry to share mortality data with the public or take into consideration such critical factors as proper siting.

Pair of fish accepted into new records program [Photos]

Cindy Pawlowski, left, caught this 627⁄8-inch lake sturgeon on the Rainy River on May 8. Pawlowski, of Frazee, caught the fish with her husband, Dave, and son, Zach (pictured). St. Paul — The Minnesota DNR’s new catch-and-release fish record program, which included categories for lake sturgeon, muskies, and flathead catfish, has its first two records. A pair of anglers fishing…

Fish stealing? Lake Michigan cormorants get bad rap

By Eric Freedman Great Lakes Echo Chicago — Double-crested cormorants are the bane of many Lake Michigan and Great Lakes anglers, devouring prize game fish and damaging the sport and commercial fishery. At least that’s a widely held belief about these birds – and a generally wrong one, Northern Illinois University researchers say. Cormorants’ fish-stealing reputation may be a bum…

Wisconsin wolf population is highest ever

By Todd Richmond Associated Press Madison, Wis. — Wisconsin’s wolf population has reached a record high of nearly 900 animals, state wildlife officials announced last week. Figures from the Wisconsin DNR’s overwinter monitoring show between 866 and 897 wolves are roaming the state, up 16 percent from last year’s count of 746 to 771 animals. The current population could be…

DEC offers tips to avoid conflicts with coyotes

27Albany, N.Y. — It’s another sure sign of spring and summer in New York. With the onset of warmer weather, coyotes have set up dens for soon-to-arrive pups. Coyotes are well adapted to suburban and even urban environments, but for the most part they will avoid contact with people. However, conflicts with people and pets may result as coyotes tend…

Could larger fires help Minnesota moose?

Cloquet, Minn. — For the first time this winter, moose were observed in notable numbers inside the Pagami Creek wildfire area, more than 90,000 acres that were quickly scorched mostly inside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in September 2011. At least at this point, however, there isn’t complete agreement between a couple of wildlife researchers about what that means…

Bill to allow use of airbows introduced

Harrisburg — A bill that would add a new tool to Pennsylvania’s hunting woods has been introduced, even while two others with similar goals have stalled. Rep. Marc Gergely is prime sponsor of House Bill 2081. It would legalize tools like the Crosman Airbow for use in firearms deer seasons. Right now, all air-powered weapons are prohibited. Gergely’s bill would…

Centerville man hit with large fines for poaching deer

Pataskala, Ohio — One individual from Centerville, Ohio, received fines, restitution, and a hunting license suspension for killing an antlered white-tailed deer illegally, according to the Ohio DNR. The man was prosecuted by assistant Licking County prosecutor Michael King, and sentenced in Licking County Municipal Court by Judge David N. Stansbury on May 3. In November of 2014 the DNR…

Elk plan faces limitations following passage of ag bill

St. Paul — An agriculture policy bill that included legislation that would likely slam the brakes on the Minnesota DNR’s proposal to expand one of the three elk herds in northwestern Minnesota was passed, via conference committee, near the end of the session last Sunday night. The bill included a provision that would give the commissioner of the state Department…

Most deer sampled for CWD come from hunters

Moline, Ill. —  Deer hunters in Illinois aren’t expecting any headlines or news flashes when DNR’s 2016 CWD report comes out later this year. Neighboring states, on the other hand, are creating enough media buzz to go around – Missouri and Wisconsin both are mulling options and shuffling their respective decks to combat the disease.  In Illinois, which had 538…

Kids outdoor education expo back and growing

Poynette, Wis. — Mark Labarbera, founder of the Midwest Outdoor Heritage Education Expo (MOHEE) was thrilled at the turnout at this year’s Expo that served more than 2,340 elementary school students from around southern Wisconsin May 18-19. “We’re up more than 20 percent from last year,” he said with big smile. “Add in the 400 or more teachers and chaperones,…

Bill to lower N.Y. hunting age set

Albany, N.Y. — Legislation that would lower New York’s minimum hunting age for big game from 14 to 12 is, as far as the sporting community is concerned, long overdue. And supporters of the bills, currently lodged in the Assembly and Senate environmental conservation committees and facing uncertain odds of passage, say they have the figures to support that. New…

Prickly problem: PGC may reclassify porcupines as furbearer

Harrisburg — In theory, Pennsylvania could have a porcupine trapping season sooner rather than later. That doesn’t mean it will, though, apparently. Pennsylvania Game Commis-sioners have given preliminary approval to a proposal to reclassify the prickly species as a furbearer. Final approval of the measure could come when the board next gets together in Harrisburg for its summer meeting in…

Michigan DNR to auction surplus public land through June 7

Most parcels located in central and northern Lower Michigan Lansing — What the DNR considers as surplus public land is up for auction through June 7. The land is for sale by sealed bid. The auction features 28 parcels located in counties mainly in central and northern Lower Michigan, including Cheboygan, Clare, Gladwin, Kalkaska, Marquette, Midland, Muskegon, Newaygo, Osceola, Roscommon…

Bill would make it illegal to remove hunting dog’s collar

Lansing – State lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it illegal to remove a dog collar, a move aimed at curbing the theft of hunting dogs, and discouraging anti-hunters from interfering with hound hunts.  State Rep. Triston Cole introduced House Bill 5215 in January, which is modeled after a resolution adopted by Michigan United Conservation Clubs last summer…

Four new Vermont record fish; two from Lake Champlain

Rutland, Vt. — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has certified four new state record fish, all caught in 2015. Two of the catches came from Lake Champlain, while a third came from Otter Creek, a tributary of the big lake on its eastern shoreline. New state records were set for yellow perch, redhorse sucker, cisco and a bowfin, which…

House backs bill to boost public land hunting and fishing

Would also allow polar bear carcass import for those taken before 2008 ‘threatened’ listing Washington (AP) — The House last month approved a bill to expand access to hunting and fishing areas on public lands, extend protections for the use of lead bullets in hunting and strip wolves of federal protections in four states. The bill also would let hunters…

Experiment looks at effect of pharmaceuticals on fish

St. Cloud, Minn. (AP) — An experiment that started recently in St. Cloud State University’s Aquatic Toxicology Lab expands upon 2012 studies that determined fish might be affected by pharmaceuticals entering rivers and lakes through wastewater treatment plant effluents. Details of the 2012 study, led by Heiko Schoenfuss, laboratory director and St. Cloud State anatomy professor, appeared in a recent…