Natural Resources

After Muzzle-Loader Season Wraps Up
4:06 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Snowmobile Riders Wait for Trail Opener

While trails aren't open yet, authorities warn snowmobilers to beware of crossing thin ice on lakes.
Credit Joe Ross

Snowmobilers are awaiting the opening of trail systems, which is still at least ten days away. 

Oneida County Forester John Bilagon says agreements with private landowners dictate the trails can’t open until after the muzzle-loader deer season. 

“Then of course we have to have adequate conditions to open the trail.  Typically that means both a combination of snow cover and frozen conditions.”  

Early snow that’s insulating some marshes could be a challenge for snowmobile clubs who want trails to open as soon as possible. 

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Cooperative's Annual Meeting
1:00 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Forestry Conference To Discuss Conservation Economics

Credit Joshua Mayer

Partners In Forestry Landowner Cooperative is having its annual meeting Saturday in Boulder Junction. 

  Part of the meeting will be a session open to the public discussion on the Economics of Land Conservation. Ken Krall spoke to Director Joe Hovel about some topics during the public session.

The Partners in Forestry Landowner Cooperative meeting is Saturday at the Big Bear Hideaway in Boulder Junction. You can contact Hovel at 715-479-8528 or the Partners In Forestry website for more information.

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Natural Resources
10:00 am
Mon December 1, 2014

A Look At Abundant Water Systems in the Northwoods

Lakes, streams and wetlands are abundant in Wisconsin's Northwoods.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Two speakers coming to the Northwoods this week will discuss water relationships in northern Wisconsin. 

Emily Stanley from UW Madison’s Center for Limnology says the water resources here are intricately linked, and are really one resource. 

“Surface water today is ground water next year; and really trying to isolate one lake and how we think of it, and how it fits within the Northwoods – you really can’t view it in isolation, these systems really are a part of one big interactive system.” 

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Have a Heart Donation Program
11:53 am
Fri November 28, 2014

What To Do With a Deer Heart? Give It To An Eagle, Says REGI

Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

With just a few days left in Wisconsin’s gun deer season, hunters who do get a deer may be looking for a use for its heart.

Marge Gibson of Antigo’s Raptor Education Group says that organ is an ideal food for eagles and other raptors. 

“The deer heart is a perfect food for our birds.  We currently have 42 bald eagles in our care, and they go through an awful lot of food.  So it’s an excellent source of protein for them, and it’s hunters helping hunters.” 

Every year the wildlife rehabilitation center asks for donations of deer hearts.

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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
9:52 am
Fri November 28, 2014

For Young Island-Dweller, A Hunt to Remember

Credit USFWS

A few weeks back I was pleased and proud to have a unique opportunity to mentor a youth hunter. 

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Snow is Piling Up
5:31 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Snowfall Not Uncommon In November, Says NWS

Cold weather and significant snowfall in November may seem unusual, but the National Weather Service says it’s not that atypical.

Dan Miller with the National Weather Service in Duluth says significant snowfall in November happens about 25 to 30 percent of the time.

 “I think we need to put a little bit of a perspective on it.  Yeah it’s a little early bit early and yeah it’s a lot colder than it was in October.  But really in the scheme of things this isn’t really that far off of the rails in terms of being wildly abnormal.”

Opening Weekend Figures Show Decline
5:40 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Buck Harvest Down For Northern Region and Statewide

Last winter's severity cut down the number of deer in the woods.
Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Hunters registered more than ten thousand bucks in the northern district during opening weekend.  That’s down by about 12 percent compared to last year according to the DNR’s preliminary figures.

DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says part of the decline is likely due to last winter’s taking a toll on the herd. 

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Caution urged
4:22 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Thin Ice Is Potentially Hazardous Says Warden

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The DNR's Chief Warden is cautioning hunters and others outdoors this weekend to be very wary of ice conditions.

The early cold has frozen over some lakes, but the conditions vary. Some lakes have not frozen over.
Warden Todd Schaller  says use extreme caution...

"....make sure they know the ice thickness before they venture(out), and to realize that ice is never considered 'safe'. It's always unpredictable..."

Schaller says the ice will vary by conditions...

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Natural Resources
5:23 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Comment Period Reopens on Northern Long-Eared Bat Listing

Northern long-eared bats are being threatened by white nose syndrome.
Credit Steven Thomas / US Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is again taking comments on whether to add the northern long-eared bat to the endangered species list.  Some groups are questioning estimates of the bat’s fragility. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says populations of the northern long-eared bat are dropping precipitously due to the deadly fungal disease white nose syndrome.  It’s wiped out millions of bats in the eastern U.S. and was found to have spread to Wisconsin earlier this year. 

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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
10:54 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Why Windstorms Can Be Good For Wildlife Habitat

Fallen trees are a good choice for firewood, but also helpful for animals.
Credit Rob Burke

Many people gather firewood from fallen or dead trees on their own lands or from national forest or state-owned property.  In today’s Wildlife Matters, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says in some cases, managers may choose to leave those trees alone for the benefit of wildlife.  

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