Michigan DNR

Michigan state park officers want right to carry guns

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The union representing Michigan state park officers says they should be allowed to have guns and bulletproof vests to handle unruly visitors. The Michigan State Employees Association says officers are in an unsafe work environment because of a lack of training and equipment, MLive.com reported . The union has filed a complaint with the state Occupational…

First case of CWD suspected in Jackson County

Over 31,000 deer have been tested for the disease since May 2015. If confirmed by the federal lab, this would be the 58th CWD-positive deer in Michigan and the first in Jackson County. Chronic wasting disease already has been confirmed in Clinton, Ingham, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties.

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 22, 2018

DISTRICT 1 CO Jenni Hanson received a complaint of a possibly injured or sick bear in Watersmeet Township. The bear was missing a patch of fur on its hind leg but was not injured or sick. The curious yearling had climbed onto the complainant’s deck and inside the fenced yard to eat from the bird feeder. CO Jared Ferguson was…

Survey: Upper Peninsula wolf population continues to thrive

DNR wildlife biologists estimate there was a minimum of 662 wolves found among 139 packs across the Upper Peninsula this past winter. Fifteen more wolf packs were found during this past winter’s survey than in 2016, but pack size has decreased slightly and now averages less than five wolves.

DNR gets boost in efforts to improve public shooting ranges in Michigan – to the tune of $1.25 million

(Michigan DNR)The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently approved a total of $1.25 million over a five-year period for the Michigan DNR to provide up to 75 percent of funding for improvements to partner shooting ranges throughout Michigan. The DNR received these additional federal funds via the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (Pittman-Robertson Act), through which hunters and sport…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 8, 2018

DISTRICT 1 CO Mark Leadman received a complaint of a subject shooting two turkeys on private property within a safety zone. The suspect had shot the birds and quickly returned to his vehicle and tried to leave the area when confronted. The suspect’s vehicle became stuck in the mud allowing the complainant to get the license plate number and call…

Forest tent caterpillar outbreak continues in parts of Michigan

The insects, which are native to Michigan, occur in widespread outbreaks every 10 to 15 years. The most recent outbreaks peaked in 2002 and 2010. They’ve been spotted across the Lower Peninsula and in the eastern Upper Peninsula. Outbreaks usually last two or three years; this is the second or third year for outbreaks in some areas.

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 25, 2018

DISTRICT 1 CO Dave Miller set up a trail camera on a known dumping site located on private property. As you enter the area, there are signs that read “NO DUMPING.” After 48 hours, Miller checked the camera. Less than one hour after setting it up, there was a picture of a pickup truck towing a dump trailer full of…

New plan aims to reverse monarch butterfly decline

The draft plan builds on existing efforts of state, federal, and local agencies and private organizations and individuals and covers a 16-state region stretching from Texas to the Upper Midwest that encompasses the primary production and migratory habitat areas for eastern monarchs.

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 11, 2018

DISTRICT 1 CO Jeremy Sergey was patrolling state land when he came across an individual collecting rocks. Upon further investigation, it was discovered some of the rocks were fossils containing imprints of fins. Sergey used this as an opportunity to educate the individual on the laws prohibiting the removal of marl, minerals and forest products on state land. CO Jared…

For birders, May is Christmastime in Michigan

The return of Michigan’s migratory birds from their southern wintering grounds is cause for celebration, and in May, many celebrate by heading to the fields, forests and wetlands to view these colorful harbingers of spring. “I love birding in May,” said Andrew Simon, a Macomb County resident and avid birder. “It’s the peak of migration and marks the return of…

Michigan Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 27, 2018

DISTRICT 1 Conservation Officer Ethen Mapes was patrolling Lake Gogebic after the close of walleye and pike season when he discovered four unattended tip-ups. Eventually a subject came to check the lines and was found not to have a license. Enforcement action was taken for fishing without a license, fishing with more than three lines and failing to be in…

Sharp-tailed grouse drought to continue in western U.P.

DNR wildlife biologists had planned to capture about 20 birds from the eastern U.P. and re-introduce them to Ontonagon County. However, late winter snowfall and a persistent groundcover of snow have delayed the effort until next spring for the game birds, which haven’t been seen reliably in the area since the mid-’90s.