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Harvest totals from the gun-deer season in northern Wisconsin were down even more than the state average.

Statewide, hunters shot 9 percent fewer bucks than last year, but up north the harvest was 21 percent lower. 

Though there were some challenging weather conditions during this year’s nine-day gun season, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says the major factor has been last winter’s extreme cold and snow. 

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While humans are stressed this week with the unusually early and intense winter storm in the Northwoods, wildlife is not having an easy time of it either.

DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz in Rhinelander talked with Ken Krall about the stress wildlife endures during heavy snow.

DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz talking with Ken Krall.

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You never know what kind of wildlife you might run into when you’re out and about in the Northwoods.

In today’s Wildlife Matters, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says some sightings are easier to prove than others. 

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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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Members of the public will have a chance to comment on an ATV trail proposed for the Woodboro Lakes Area.

The Nokomis ATV Club has asked for an ATV/UTV trail through the 3-thousand acre property that’s about 10 miles west of Rhinelander. 

DNR Wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz says a DNR analysis of the plan finds it feasible if certain conditions are met.

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WXPR brings you a commentary  from DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz with his continuing series, "Wildlife Matters".

He says even a veteran outdoorsman can be stumped when asked to look at an odd pile of scat....
 

DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz and "Wildlife Matters".

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Among the joys of spring is hearing the frogs in Northwoods wetlands. 

This morning on his series "Wildlife Matters", DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz says the amphibian chorus has deep meaning for the ecosystem.

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Next, we hear from DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz with his commentary, "Wildlife Matters". 

He says even though eagle numbers have rebounded, this time of the year can be deadly for our national symbol.

"Wildlife Matters" with DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz is heard most weeks during Morning Edition on WXPR.

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Turkeys are the focus of the on-going series "Wildlife Matters" with Jeremy Holtz. Today he thinks there are many things to be learned during the hunt.

DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz. His series, "Wildlife Matters" is heard most weeks on WXPR.

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Spring migration means more birds arriving in the Northwoods, including eagles. 

DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz says by some estimates, car strikes represent the leading cause of eagle deaths.

Holtz explains that eagles typically take flight from high up in a tree.  But in times of low food availability they turn to roadside carcasses which can put eagles in the path of danger.   

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