Natural Resources

No Neighboring Counties
5:23 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Ash Borer Found in Oneida County

There are now 38 Wisconsin counties under quarantine for the emerald ash borer.
Credit USDA

The Emerald Ash Borer has been found in Rhinelander.  That makes Oneida County the 38th county in Wisconsin to go under quarantine for movement of firewood.

The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says the borer was found at James Williams Middle School, in a trap set by a USDA monitoring program. 

Spokesperson Donna Gilson says it appears the infestation was found early.

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Wildlife Matters with Jeremy Holtz
4:00 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Reflections on a Successful, and Educational, Bear Harvest

DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz freshens the bait.
Credit Submitted photo

Bear hunting season closes Tuesday.  And for the past week, bear hunting has been open only to those using hounds.  It’s an approach that tends to bring out strong emotions in people…who are either devoted or opposed to hound hunting. 

In today’s Wildlife Matters, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz shares his first experiences…hunting bear both ways. 

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Tracking With Radio Collars
11:00 am
Sun October 5, 2014

DNR Asks Trappers to Report Wolves Caught By Mistake

Credit Derek Bakken

If you’re a trapper…the DNR wants to hear about it when you accidentally capture a wolf.

DNR Carnivore Specialist Dave MacFarland says if you trap a wolf without meaning to and without a wolf harvest permit, it can be a convenient time for the DNR to put a radio collar on that wolf. 

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Wildlife Matters
4:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Migrating Birds Take Flight in Fall

Ruby-throated hummingbirds are just some of the many birds that head south for the winter.
Credit Dick Daniels

Temperatures are dropping, and as we move closer to winter many species are migrating south.  

  In today’s Wildlife Matters, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz talks about the different ways birds make the trip.

My mom always used to tell me that hummingbirds traveled south for the winter riding on the backs of Canada geese.  While this is a charming and compelling tale, the fact is that these little birds migrate the same way all other birds do – they fly. 

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Controversy Over Hunting with Hounds
4:43 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Hound Hunters Support New DNR Plan For Wolf Pelt Registration

The Wisconsin Bear Hunters’ Association is hoping the DNR’s plan to look into dog-wolf interactions will put the controversy to rest. 

The DNR will ask wolf hunters this winter to let an expert examine a harvested wolf as its pelt is removed.  The goal is to look for bite wounds that could be signs of fighting between dogs and wolves…a possibility which critics say makes wolf hunting with hounds unethical.   

Al Lobner, President of the Wisconsin Bear Hunters’ Association, says he doesn’t think wolf hunting with hounds poses much risk for dogs.

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Drawdowns Planned for Repairs
4:17 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Little Rice Flowage Will See Lower Water Levels Earlier

The Little Rice Dam is slated for major repairs in the coming weeks.
Credit Wisconsin DNR

Property owners on the Little Rice Flowage near Crandon will be seeing lower water levels earlier than usual.  The DNR will draw down water levels one to two feet this week…to prepare for some major dam repairs.

DNR Wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz says the existing structure was built in the 1930s, and it’s difficult to operate.

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Changes in Landscape
5:25 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Climate Change Analysis Predicts Fewer Conifers, More Hardwoods In Northern Forests

Forest compositions may change in a warming climate, away from boreal species like spruce and birch.
Credit U.S. Forest Service

Forests in the Northwoods and Upper Peninsula may look different in the next century thanks to a warming climate.  Anew report from the U.S. Forest Service predicts fewer of some types of conifers and more hardwoods in northern forests. 

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Public-Private Partnership
5:00 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Ruffed Grouse Society Helps Push for Young Forests

Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Ruffed Grouse Society has signed on to a partnership that hopes to restore more young forest species to the Northwoods. 

Gary Zimmer, coordinating biologist for the Ruffed Grouse Society, says it’s going to take significant cooperation to encourage habitat that supports certain kinds of wildlife. 

“Pooling resources –both financially and in-kind services, habitat equipment.  Getting more done for less.  It’s tough to do alone.”

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Only a Handful of Wisconsin Lakes
4:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Spiny Water Flea Found in Trout Lake

Vilas County’s Trout Lake has a new invasive species.  Spiny water fleas were found earlier this week by a fisherman who noticed them attached to his gear. 

Jake Walsh, PhD student at the UW Madison Center for Limnology, says the finding is significant because there aren’t many northern lakes that have the invasive. 

“Given how much Trout Lake means to Vilas County I would say it’s a huge deal.  Also that we found them here at a pretty high density I would say is a pretty big deal.”

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Controversy Over Hunting with Hounds
6:01 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

DNR Asks Hunters to Register Wolves With Pelts On

Hunting wolves with hounds is controversial, and the DNR is hoping to get more information about whether dog-wolf fights are likely during the practice.
Credit Derek Bakken

The Wisconsin DNR wants to gather more information about wolves killed in the wolf hunt this winter.  The Natural Resources Board heard about a new voluntary plan for wolf registration Wednesday.

The DNR plans to ask hunters and trappers to register their wolves before they are skinned…so department experts can look for signs of bite wounds.

The state Natural Resources Board wants to see more analysis of whether wolf hunting with hounds can lead to illegal fighting between dogs and wolves. 

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