Michigan DNR

State investigating common carp deaths in Michigan lake

LAKE ORION, Mich. — State officials are investigating the deaths of hundreds of adult common carp at an Oakland County lake. Michigan’s DNR said between 250 and 500 of the fish have been found dead since mid-July in Lake Orion, northwest of Detroit. Area residents reported the dead fish to the state agency. DNR fisheries division staff collected samples July…

Mowing snow … for butterflies

(Michigan DNR)After a flurry of snow covered the Flat River State Game Area, Michigan DNR staff mowed over the snow to benefit the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly. These pale blue, dime-sized butterflies can only be found in small pockets of savanna habitat where wild lupine grows in the open sunlight. Karner blues depend on lupine for survival, as females lay their eggs…

Financial woes hinder DNR’s ability to test deer for CWD

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan wildlife officials won’t be able to check as many deer for chronic wasting disease during the upcoming hunting season. The state DNR said it’s facing staff and financial shortages as well as challenges from the coronavirus pandemic. “We ask for your patience and grace as we adapt to meet these challenges,” said acting wildlife division chief…