Natural Resources

White Nose Is Major Threat
12:04 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

USFWS Delays Listing Decision for Threatened Bat Species

Northern long-eared bats are listed as threatened in Wisconsin, and may receive a federal listing as well.
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will delay its decision on whether to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered.  The decision was set to come in October, but the agency will wait six more months before making the final call. 

Natural resource departments in Wisconsin and three other Midwestern states requested the delay

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Citizens Testified in Rhinelander
12:35 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Wolf Hunt Quota Approved; NRB Wants More Data on Wolf Hunting With Hounds

The state Natural Resources Board has approved the quota of 156 wolves for this hunting season.
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Wisconsin’s wolf hunt will go forward with a quota of 156 wolves this winter.  

The state’s Natural Resources Board has approved the Wolf Advisory Committee’s recommendation.  The board met in Milwaukee but took live video testimony from Rhinelander, where about a dozen people gathered to voice their opinions. 

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Submitted photograph
7:56 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Good fishin'

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WXPR Blues Friday host Dean Baker shows off a beautiful trout.

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Wildlife Matters
4:41 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Even A Veteran Outdoorsman Sometimes Gets Baffled

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WXPR brings you a commentary  from DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz with his continuing series, "Wildlife Matters".

He says even a veteran outdoorsman can be stumped when asked to look at an odd pile of scat....
 

DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz and "Wildlife Matters".

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Grants May Depend on Specifics
10:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

DNR Wants More Details On Off-Road Park

The nonprofit that wants to build an off-road park in Forest County thinks vehicle use is compatible with timber management.
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The DNR says it needs more information to determine whether an off road park in Forest County would be eligible for certain grants. 

The nonprofit Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Incorporated wants Forest County to buy the land for a 10,000-acre park. 

The group is pitching the project as a good deal for the county, saying park tourism and timber management on the land could generate revenue, while the purchase of the land could be fifty percent paid-for by DNR stewardship grants. 

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Slow AIS spread
3:11 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Ice Packs To Replace Water In OC Live Wells

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Anglers will be seeing volunteers and DNR staff out at boat landings this weekend  hoping to put something cold in the live wells.
Oneida County Aquatic Invasive species coordinator Michele Sadauskas says to help slow the spread of aquatic invasive hitchhikers, volunteers will be handing out ice packs to put in live wells...

"...instead of transporting fish, live in water in the live wells, we're handing out ice packs to help them drain their live wells and put their catch on ice...."

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Creel census data studied
3:18 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

New Bag Limits For 14 Northwoods Lakes

Walleye teeth
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14 of 21 lakes named yesterday receiving higher daily walleye bag limits are in Oneida, Vilas and Price counties.

The DNR announced changes Monday increasing daily limits from one to two on 21 lakes. May 28, Governor Walker approved an emergency rule adopted by the Natural Resources Board allowing the increases.

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Communicating Problems and Solutions
1:09 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

County Lake Associations Will Meet Friday

Each county has its own rules for protecting shorelines, so each may face different issues.
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Six county lake associations are meeting on Friday in Rhinelander.

It’s a meeting that happens every other year…so groups can share ideas about protecting shorelines and waters.

Bob Martini is President of Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association.  He says counties face very different situations depending on how protective shoreline ordinances are.  But some issues are shared. 

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An Investigative Piece
12:16 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Al Jazeera America To Air Film on Penokee Mine

Filmmakers from 371 Productions journeyed to northern Wisconsin to gather footage for their documentary.
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Controversy over a proposed iron mine in northern Wisconsin will get some national attention this weekend, when a documentary on the topic airs on Al Jazeera America’s investigative program Fault Lines.

Milwaukee-based 371 Productions filmed and edited the piece over the past nine months. 

Producers made a series of trips to northern Wisconsin to look at the impact an iron mine could have on tourism and natural resources. 

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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
4:56 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Migratory Birds in the Northwoods

DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says indigo buntings get their color not from pigment in their feathers, but in the way the feathers reflect light.
Credit Dan Pancamo

Today we hear the next in our series Wildlife Matters.  DNR Wildlife Biologist takes a look at some of the migratory birds we see here in the Northwoods.

    

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