Wisconsin is back in the deep freeze, but forecasters say it will be warmer for New Year's Eve revelers. For now, though, the Badger State is shivering through its coldest temperatures of the season, thanks to clear skies and cold Canadian air blowing our way.
A Master Plan is needed as the state considers a request to build an ATV trail in the Woodboro Lakes area west of Rhinelander.
Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area is a heavily wooded 3,600 acre property. An ATV club asked for the trail earlier this year.
DNR Planner Yoyi Steele says this property has no Master Plan, even lacking an old plan that could be amended. So the department needs to start from scratch. The board presented a trail feasibility study to the Natural Resources Board...
A substantial number of snowy owls are spending the winter in Wisconsin again.
DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says for the third year in a row the owls are venturing south from their arctic homes in search of food.
He says the birds prefer to perch in high places near open areas.
“In general, you think about owls being rodent eaters, so typically they’re going to set up shop in places where they’re gonna have a good view, and they can pick up small rodents that are moving around on top of the snow.”
The public is expected to provide input on a new DNR wolf management plan.
DNR carnivore specialist David MacFarland outlines what the agency will be doing...
"....the Department is in the process of developing a new wolf management plan that will serve as a guide to future management. We're at a point where we're going to be releasing a public draft. That will be done in early January...."
MacFarland says after that will be a public input period which will include written comments on the plan.