Natural Resources

Fieldwork Done For Now
10:56 am
Mon October 20, 2014

DNR Says It's Quiet on the GTAC Front

The Wisconsin DNR is waiting for the next move from Gogebic Taconite, now that the company has stopped fieldwork operations for the year.

DNR hydrologist and project lead Larry Lynch says activity on the proposed mine site wrapped up last month. 

“They stopped their data collection in regard to surface monitoring, so right now there’s really nothing going on on the site.  They also stopped their road improvement work on one of the access roads.” 

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Hunt Moving Quickly
10:27 am
Mon October 20, 2014

More Zones Close to Wolf Hunting

Credit Caninest via

A total of four zones will be closed to wolf hunting by the end of the day Monday.

Zone 5 will be the latest to close at 6:30 Monday, as hunters continue to quickly hit harvest quotas in the northern and central parts of the state.

Zones 1, 2 and 4 closed over the weekend.

The wolf harvest quota in Wisconsin’s third wolf hunting season is lower than it’s been in the past.  The statewide limit is 150, and more than half that number of wolves have already been taken.

The wolf hunt began on Wednesday.

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Just Four Days Into the Hunt
6:25 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Wolf Hunting Zone 2 Set to Close

Credit Derek Bakken

Just a few days into the wolf hunting season and one zone is already set to close.

Zone 2 includes Oneida, Vilas and Forest Counties.  It’s expected to meet its quota in a matter of hours and will close at noon tomorrow.

As DNR Carnivore Specialist Dave Macfarland explains, the total quota for Zone 2 is just 15 wolves.    

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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
4:00 am
Thu October 16, 2014

When Adventuring Outdoors, Be Prepared for the Unexpected

Credit U.S. Forest Service

  When I lived in Colorado, I tried to get out hunting whenever I could. I usually went small game hunting, 

  seeking jackrabbits, rocky mountain cottontails, coyotes or grouse. I would try to use a combination of maps and atlases to find land open to public hunting. I would take my old AMC Gremlin as far down the trail as I could, and then I would start walking.

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Wolf Population Above State's Target
1:57 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Wisconsin's Third Wolf Hunt Set to Begin

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Wisconsin’s third wolf hunt begins Wednesday.

This season’s quota is 150 wolves, about a hundred fewer than the previous season.  That means 1500 people have been authorized to purchase a permit. 

DNR Carnivore Specialist Dave MacFarland says hunters and trappers that hope to harvest a wolf are likely to try and do so as soon as they can.    

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New app in mix
4:33 am
Tue October 14, 2014

VC Gets Grant To Promote Silent Trails


Vilas county has picked up nearly $40,000 to promote non-motorized trails.

The money comes from the Department of Tourism through its Joint-Effort Marketing grants which are used to advertise tourist-friendly activities.

Cindy Burzinski from Vilas County Tourism and Publicity says this is the second year of the grant...

" 2013. Vilas county received their first year JEM grant of $39,550 so we could promote the rich trail systems in the county. We figure with the first year JEM grant, we figure we had an economic impact of just around $300,000...."

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Reacting to Invasive Species
3:58 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Rhinelander, CNNF Assess EAB Vulnerability

Credit U.S. Forest Service

Park and forest managers are taking steps to minimize the damage from the emerald ash borer in the Northwoods.   

The tree-killing beetle was found in Rhinelander last week, making its first appearance in Northcentral Wisconsin.

Rhinelander Parks and Grounds Director Gunder Paulson says the city already has an emerald ash borer readiness plan. He says a tree inventory a few years ago identified 214 ash trees between sidewalks and streets in Rhinelander, about 12 percent of the street trees in town.

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Activist Speaks Out Against GTAC Plan
4:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

LaDuke Says Penokee Mine Will Profit Few

Native American Activist Winona LaDuke is speaking out against a proposal for an iron mine in the Penokee Range.

LaDuke holds degrees in economic development from Harvard and Antioch Universities.  She says she doesn’t buy the argument that the mine is needed to create jobs. 

“It’s absolutely not true.  The fact is that it’s a short-term economic gain for a few people and a corporation with the rest of us paying all of the externality expenses.  So what I’m saying that their math is bad.” 

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No experience necessary
3:23 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Wolf Tracking Volunteers Needed


A key program helping DNR biologists track wolves is looking for volunteers.

The Wolf Monitoring Program relies on volunteers to track the animals over winter.

DNR large carnivore specialist David MacFarland...

".....volunteers and DNR staff go out in the winter using established tracking techniques and established tracking blocks go look for signs of wolves to determine how many animals were there that left those marks in the snow...."

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Annual Migration Event
5:06 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Raptors Take Flight Through Midwestern Skies

Northern goshawks are some of the raptor species that migrate in October.

As colder weather moves into the Northwoods, most birds are moving out.  The fall migration is well underway for raptors and many other species of birds. 

At the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth, researchers have counted tens of thousands of raptors passing overhead in the past several weeks. 

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