Michigan’s first wolf hunt has begun. At least one advocacy group is not happy about it.
The National Wolfwatcher Coalition is claiming Michigan DNR officials ignored thousands of emailed comments protesting the state’s wolf hunting plan. The group’s Great Lakes Section Leader Nancy Warren says about 1200 comments were from Michigan residents, and only 13 supported the plan.
The “buy where you burn” principle still applies in hunting season.
The Wisconsin Department of Trade and Consumer Protection is reminding hunters not to haul firewood long distances when they head to their deer camps.
Department spokesperson Donna Gilson says doing so could introduce new pests to an area.
“There’s always that temptation to bring firewood with you because you’ve got some right in your backyard. IT’s never a good idea to haul firewood around the state. And in some cases it may actually be illegal to do so.”
We usually think of an invasive species as taking over its environment, at the expense its native counterparts.
But a new study from the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Center for Limnology challenges that assumption. It compiled survey data from a variety of studies on aquatic species, and finds that most of the time aquatic invasives keep a pretty low profile. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with Gretchen Hansen, lead author on the study.
A bill changing the approval process for high capacity wells has passed a Senate committee. Some environmental groups are up in arms.
The bill limits the DNR’s powers in reviewing commercial wells that pump over 100,000 gallons per day. For example a property with a well on it could be sold without having to get a new well permit. And applications not acted upon within 65 days would get approved by default.
Statewide, three hunters have died this year after they fell out of treestands. A DNR leader says most injuries and fatalities are preventable.
Jon King is DNR Hunter Education Administrator. He says for a purchased stand, take the time to read all the directions. He says setting it up alone is not advised...
"....we encouraging using the buddy system. Take somebody with you while you do this. When you're climbing in a tree stand and it's not attached to the tree, it could fall over on you and end up injuring you...."
A wildlife rehabilitator is hoping to pin down the extent of salmonella sickness in birds.
The Northwoods Wildlife Center is planning to train citizen scientists to notice and report cases of salmonella in birds. Executive Director Sharon Reilly says the center got dozens of calls this spring reporting sick or dead birds…where salmonella sounded like the culprit.
One mining specialist is questioning whether a proposed iron mine in the Penokee range has enough social support to go forward.
John Coleman is an environmental section leader at Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, a group that helps enforce tribal treaty rights in Wisconsin. Coleman has worked primarily on mining issues since 1994, when a mine proposed near Crandon faced tribal opposition.
Coleman thinks state regulators aren’t as tough as they were in the nineties.
This month, the informal conversation series Science on Tap takes on the controversial subject of deer management. Don Waller and Tim Van Deelen will talk about deer from the perspective of forest health.
WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke to Don Waller on the phone. He’s a researcher at the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Department of Botany.
Waller will be joined by wildlife ecologist Tim Van Deelen at Science on Tap…Wednesday night at the Minocqua Brewing Company.