Natural Resources

Some Zones Going Over Limit
10:35 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Wolf Hunt Approaches Quota

Now in its third year, Wisconsin's wolf hunt continues to be controversial.
Credit Brooks Tracy / USFWS

Wisconsin’s third wolf hunt is probably nearing its end as hunters approach the season’s quota.

As of Wednesday a hundred and forty two wolves have been taken out of the total licensed quota of 150. 

But some opponents are crying foul, saying the hunt is overly aggressive toward the state’s wolf population.

Wisconsin state Director of the Humane Society Melissa Tedrowe says the population can’t sustain the harvest.

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Massive Federally Funded Project
10:10 am
Thu November 20, 2014

NEON Gathers Data on Changing Ecology

A nationwide project gathering enormous amounts of ecological data has a regional hub right here in the Northwoods. It's called NEON: the National Ecological Observatory Network.

The federally-funded NEON project is wrapping up the first of what could be 30 years collecting data on broad-scale ecological systems. 

The Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan region is one of about 20 nationwide where the research is focused. 

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Changing Deer Patterns
4:38 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Snow Could Be Both Challenge and Aid To Deer Hunters

Biologists say deer may already been in mid-winter mode because of how much snow has already fallen.
Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Hunters may want to do some extra scouting before the gun-deer season opens this Saturday. Deep snow conditions are likely to change how deer are moving around. 

DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says snow on the ground will help hunters see and track deer, but several feet of snow could make it challenging to traverse the terrain.  He says it will also affect where the deer are to be found.

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Slow At First, Spread Is Inevitable
8:19 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Northwoods Prepares for EAB Spread

Thirty eight counties, including Oneida, are under firewood quarantine because of the emerald ash borer.
Credit USDA

Forestry experts were on hand in Rhinelander last night to answer questions from the public about the emerald ash borer.

Though Oneida County has a relatively low abundance of ash trees, DNR Urban Forestry Coordinator Don Kissinger says the greatest impact will be in cities, where ash trees are some of the most popular to line streets and backyards. 

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Hunt begins Saturday
4:53 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Stepp Says Safety, Mentoring Key To Deer Hunt

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The Wisconsin 9-day gun deer hunt begins on Saturday. During the 2013 hunt, there were 8 gunshot wounds,  but none proved to be fatal. DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp says while incidents are unfortunate, it's important to remember there are hundreds of thousands of hunters in the woods. She says the department has worked hard to educate hunters ....

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Long-Lived Birds
1:00 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Loons Show Signs of Aging

Data from the Loon Project indicate loons do suffer with age.
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A researcher working in the Northwoods has found evidence that loons age.  Scientists haven’t been able to demonstrate this until now because of how long loons live. 

Chapman University’s Walter Piper has been studying loon behavior for the past twenty two years, through research in Oneida County called the Loon Project.

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Following 2012 Deer Trustee Report
3:36 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Sec. Stepp Says Upcoming Deer Hunt Shows Public Input

DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp
Credit Wisconsin DNR

She says the coming gun deer hunt in Wisconsin reflects a change in DNR policy.
DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp gave a preview of the 2014 hunt, scheduled to begin November 22 through November 30....

".....for the very first time now the people who care about the resources are at the table advising us what they are seeing in their own backyards and communities and what would they like to see when it comes to deer management. A lot of the changes are the result of all the changes in the last year and a half since the Deer Trustee Report came out...."

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Unusual Amount of Snow and Ice
1:50 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Early Winter Impacts Wildlife

Birds and other wildlife may have been a bit unprepared for this November storm.
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While humans are stressed this week with the unusually early and intense winter storm in the Northwoods, wildlife is not having an easy time of it either.

DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz in Rhinelander talked with Ken Krall about the stress wildlife endures during heavy snow.

DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz talking with Ken Krall.

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Hazardous November Weather
6:17 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

It's Snowing in November In the Northwoods

Snow is blanketing the Northwoods, in a storm that could bring as many as 22 inches to some areas.
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With several inches falling throughout the day Monday, significantly more snow is in the forecast for Monday night and Tuesday.

Forecasters are predicting another 3-6 inches for the Rhinelander area Monday night, with higher amounts near the Upper Michigan border.

An additional 3-5 inches are forecast for Tuesday, with snow likely to continue into Tuesday night in the Upper Peninsula.  

Many area schools let out early Monday afternoon, and most organizations canceled public meetings scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.  

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Simple lakeshore projects
3:24 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Healthy Lakes Project Wants More "Fish Sticks"

Trout Lake
Credit en.wikipedia.org

A webinar Thursday will give lakeshore property owners information on  a new DNR initiative boosting private sector involvement to care for Northwoods lakes.

The Healthy Lakes effort will help fund a limited number of local projects focusing on simple ways to improve fish habitat, improve native plantings, divert and clean runoff water and promote beauty.

The DNR's Carroll Schaal says  this grant program was carved out the lake protection grant program.....

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