Most Wisconsinites support a wolf hunt in the state, but only a minority of people want to see the wolf population decrease from its current level. That's according to some of the draft findings of a recent DNR survey of how people feel about wolves.
The DNR mailed out surveys to almost 9,000 residents, about half of which were returned and analyzed.
Wisconsin’s wild rice season is getting a late start, thanks to this year’s long winter and cool summer.
Though Labor Day weekend often marks a key time for harvesting the traditional Ojibwe food staple, this year hardly any rice is mature and ready for picking. That’s according to Wildlife Biologist Peter David with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.
“I have heard very few reports of rice being ready at this point, there probably are a couple of odd riverbeds. But by and large, things are not ready to go.”
As many property owners and lake groups know, Eurasian water milfoil is a problem without a great solution. It’s an invasive plant that grows in dense mats in lakes throughout Wisconsin. It can be treated with chemicals to keep the growth down, but that comes with side effects as well as a hefty price tag. But some researchers think there could be a way to use tiny bugs called milfoil weevils as a biocontrol on some lakes. But the idea is more complicated than it seems.
Bear hunting isn’t for everyone. But its increasing popularity means that for those who do it, the wait times are getting longer and longer...up to nine years in some regions of Wisconsin. In today’s Wildlife Matters, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz weighs his options heading into his first bear hunting season.
Another U.S. Senator was in the Northwoods Tuesday to talk about forestry issues.
Senator Ron Johnson toured Forest County and National forest land with representatives from the Great lakes Timber Professionals.
Johnson says opportunities for harvesting timber in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest are being wasted. He says he plans to put together some numbers estimating what kind of revenue that forest could generate, and says changes should be made in the way national forest management is funded.
An Antigo wildlife rehabilitator says the recent case of several ospreys dead in Bayfield County is a rare situation.
Marge Gibson of the Raptor Education Group says last month her rehab center took in an adult male osprey that had been shot in the wing. Authorities soon found the ospreys’ abandoned nest and its two chicks.
“When the bird didn’t come back, the youngsters started calling loudly, doing food begging calls. They were not old enough to leave the nest by themselves, and finally ended up jumping from the nest just in desperation to be fed.”
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin visited Forest County today to learn about the economic importance of the logging industry.
Baldwin has supported higher levels of cutting in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest, saying she wants the forest to meet its harvest goals.
“When I hear how a well-vetted plan about how the forests in this area would be managed over the years – when I see that they haven’t even gotten close to achieving those goals, when they’ve been put together with a lot of stakeholder involvement, that’s disappointing and I want to know why.”