The DNR is looking for public input on walleye stocking. State officials are holding a meeting in Rhinelander next week.
It’s one of a series of meetings where the DNR is hoping for feedback on its walleye management goals. Steve Hewett from the DNR’s fisheries program says it’s also a chance to talk with the public about which lakes are stocked and why.
Early fall marks the annual migration of songbirds as they begin to pass through Wisconsin, heading south for the winter.
The Department of Natural Resources says homeowners can help the warblers, thrushes and other songbirds on their arduous journey by helping supply food sources and habitat. Wildlife Biologist Ryan Brady says small backyard changes can actually make a big difference.
The Attorney General's office has reached a judgment against Wisconsin Public Service because of violations of it's air pollution control permit. The northeastern Wisconsin utility is being fined $80,000.
The civil complaint was filed in Marathon County Circuit Court. DNR Air Management spokesperson Jeff Johnson talks about what happened this week.
Wisconsin’s gray wolf population is estimated at over 800 - high enough that the state Department of Natural Resources allows a certain number of wolves to be hunted each year.
But in the 1970s the wolf population was a fraction of that number, leading to their protection under federal and state legislation. Jennifer Steinglein studies wolf population dynamics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She says the recent population growth didn’t happen all at once. Its strongest increase came within the last two decades.
The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board has approved a harvest quota of 275 wolves for the next year. Meeting in Wausau Wednesday, the board unanimously approved the higher level. Last year, 201 animals were set as the limit.
The quota includes 115 wolves set aside for the Chippewa bands off-reservation treaty rights. That quota will likely never be used as the tribes see the wolf as a sacred animal.
Sarah Johnson from the Timber Wolf Alliance in Manitowish Waters thinks the idea of raising the number by nearly 40 percent in one year without more study might be hasty.