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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ....