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Great Lakes still plagued by plant, animal invasive species

Erie, Pa. — As species of plants and animals continue to spread through Europe via canals that connect their waterways, Ponto-Caspian region animals such as fish and invertebrates remain the most likely to make the trip across the Atlantic Ocean to North America. The Ponto-Caspian region is an area that includes the Black, Caspian, and Baltic seas and Danube and…

Hunters may help slow the spread of avian flu

Waterfowl season is upon us, and as hunters take to the field, the last thing they are thinking about is the relationship between the rising cost of eggs and migratory birds. What links them is avian flu. The highly pathogenic H5N2 strain this past year has killed more then 48 million birds in commercial egg and turkey farms in the…

Study looks at deer response to moon, weather changes

Staff Report University Park, Pa. — There seems to be a lot of common wisdom that exists when it comes to whitetails, such as, “It’s near full moon, so the deer are only moving at night.” Or how about, “A cold front is coming, which is why the deer are out feeding.” Do you believe these axioms? Are they really…

Dip in river otter harvest likely a result of pelt prices

Springfield — Trappers in the state are preparing for a fourth river otter campaign after the General Assembly approved the return of a trapping season in 2012.   While interest in otter trapping remains high, harvest numbers have slipped. According to DNR, last year the otter harvest totaled 1,136. The average price paid for an otter pelt was about $27…

Russia plays major role in Midwest raccoon market

Springfield — Fur markets anymore are global in nature. This first article is on raccoons because the Midwest produces lots and lots of quality raccoons.   Russia is the world’s biggest consumer of raccoon pelts. While the prestige of owning fur is important in Russia, we must remember that fur is often purchased as a utilitarian item for most of…

Pro angler harassed during St. Lawrence tourney

Waddington, N.Y. — DEC is continuing its investigation into an incident on the St. Lawrence River in which a pro bass angler was allegedly harassed while competing in the Bassmaster Elite Series event. Environmental conservation officer Joseph Munn declined comment on the incident due to the ongoing status of the investigation, according to DEC Region 6 spokesperson Catherine Hamlin. Elite…

Snow goose populations remain at problematic level

Washington, D.C. — The last of the spring snow goose seasons have concluded and the birds are on their way back to their Hudson Bay salt marsh breeding grounds. Despite years of liberal harvest, using techniques that would be considered “cheating” while hunting other waterfowl, including hunting them in the spring, snow geese continue to remain a threat to themselves…

Legislator seeks exotic animal ban in wake of lion hunt

Madison (AP) There will be no lions or tigers in Wisconsin if one Republican legislator gets his way. Sen. Van Wanggaard, of Racine, is pushing a bill that would prohibit people from owning dangerous exotic animals, including lions, tigers, polar bears, gorillas, and alligators. The measure comes as Milwaukee police, the DNR, and animal-control officers search for a mysterious lion-like…

Group petitions to list Midwest moose as endangered

Minneapolis, Minn. — A national environmental group is seeking federal protection for a subspecies of moose found in Midwestern states including Minnesota. The Center for Biological Diversity, along with a group called Honor the Earth, filed the legal petition July 9. It seeks Endangered Species Act protection for moose. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has 90 days from the…

Federal microbead ban is on the table

Washington, D.C. — On March 4, U.S. Reps. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Fred Upton (R-MI), and Gerald Connolly (D-VA) introduced legislation, U.S. House Bill 1321, that will “prohibit the sale of cosmetics containing synthetic plastic microbeads” nationwide as of Jan. 1, 2018. The bill passed through committee in mid-May and is pending in the U.S. House of Representatives. These tiny additives…

Fall turkey regs tightened

Albany — DEC has formally approved tightened fall turkey hunting regulations for this fall in an effort to address plummeting turkey populations across the state. The regulations will shorten the fall turkey hunting season to 14 days in most of the state. Some units will see a one-bird-of-either-sex limit, while others will maintain a two-bird limit. DEC completed the regulatory…

Northwest conference takes peek at muskie, walleye survival

Hayward, Wis. — A varied group of lake advocates from northwest Wisconsin met recently in Hayward to talk about walleye and muskie management while celebrating the Northwest Wisconsin Lakes Conference, one of the state’s premier lake education events. The annual NWLC represents the counties of Douglas, Bayfield, Washburn, Sawyer, and Burnett counties – and the 3,361 lakes within their boundaries…