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Arbor Vitae WI 54568

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Wildlife Alerts and Information

138,144 harvest authorizations issued for 2018 spring turkey hunt

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - 4 hours 45 min ago
Remaining harvest authorizations available beginning March 19 - - MADISON - The 2018 spring turkey harvest authorization drawing has concluded and 138,144 successful applicants will receive spring wild turkey harvest authorizations. A total of 244,218 authorizations were available for the spring 2018 turkey season. The leftover harvest authorizations not issued in the drawing will be available for purchase beginning March 19. - - Postcard notifications to successful applicants have been mailed. Hunters can also monitor their harvest authorization status in their online account at

Snowmobilers: DNR conservation warden offers safety tips for every ride

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - 4 hours 45 min ago
- - MADISON -- A rollercoaster of seasonal temperatures and changing snow levels have launched Wisconsin's early snowmobile season, prompting Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Snowmobile Administrator/Warden Gary Eddy to urge operators to review important safety tips to prepare for safe and fun rides. - - "Snowmobilers really need to be careful because conditions for safe, early season snowmobile riding are just developing," Eddy said. "Riding conditions can become less than perfect at any time of the season, but you can almost always count on them being a bit tricky early in the season. Corners become icy, rough terrain and rocks may be exposed, road routes may be bare and ice conditions can be inconsistent."

Making the most of Free Fishing Weekend, Jan. 20-21

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - 4 hours 45 min ago
Tips for ice fishing fun with the whole family - - - MADISON -- Free Fishing Weekend, Jan. 20-21, gives newcomers of all ages a chance to try ice fishing without a license, and a Department of Natural Resources fish-loving couple passes on their tips for making that first trip fun for the whole family, particularly kids. - - Pamela and Scott Toshner, a DNR lake and watershed protection specialist and a DNR fisheries biologist, respectively, are avid ice anglers and parents of twin girls. They started getting the girls involved in fishing when they were about 3 years old. The first couple of years were short trips and by 5 years old, the girls were already fairly seasoned ice anglers.

Natural Resources Board to meet January 24 in Madison

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - 4 hours 45 min ago
- - MADISON - A request for adoption of proposed rules relating to runoff management and nonpoint source performance standards, a request for adoption of proposed rules related to the federal cost shared state program for suppression of gypsy moths and a request for approval of recommendations for the 2018 bear harvest quotas are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets Wednesday, January 24 in Madison. - - The board will convene at 8:30 a.m. in Room G09 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 S. Webster St., Madison.

Feeding deer throughout the winter can do more harm than good

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - 4 hours 45 min ago
MADISON -- Wisconsin's deer herd is faring well so far this winter as low snow levels have deer moving freely throughout the state. Yet, the onset of snow and cold often turns people's thoughts to overwinter survival and a desire to feed deer and other wildlife. Residents should consider the negative impacts of wildlife feeding as well as alternatives that provide long-term benefits to help wildlife through a cold and snowy winter season. - - "People want to see healthy deer on the landscape, but feeding is not the best solution," said Tim Marien, a wildlife health specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "Improving habitat provide natural food sources that support deer and many other types of wildlife year-round."

Baiting and feeding ban to begin for Milwaukee County after first positive CWD detection

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - 4 hours 45 min ago
MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has received confirmation that a wild deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease in the West Allis metropolitan area of Milwaukee County. - - As required by law, this finding will establish a baiting and feeding ban for Milwaukee County effective Feb. 1, 2018. Milwaukee County is already classified as a CWD-affected county due to being adjacent to a county with a detection; however, because of this finding, a new three-year baiting and feeding ban will go into effect.

Registration opens for Northeast Wisconsin Woodland Owners Conference

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - 4 hours 45 min ago
- - Five additional conferences scheduled around the state - - - - GREEN BAY - The 2018 Northeast Wisconsin Woodland Owners Conference is scheduled for January 27 at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay. The conference will focus on topics of interest to private woodland owners. Registrations are due by January 24. Forest landowners and all those interested in forest management are welcome to attend. - - "Private woodland owners hold the largest portion of forestland in Wisconsin," said Scott Lyon, forest products specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "Conferences like these are important to encourage the sharing of ideas so they can help collectively shape the future of Wisconsin's landscape. The decisions made today impact the quality of resources for future generations."

Winter Free Fishing Weekend is Jan. 20-21, 2018

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:55am
More than 20 DNR sites offer loaner ice fishing equipment - - MADISON -- Wisconsin's winter Free Fishing Weekend is set for Jan. 20-21, 2018, and free loaner equipment and ice fishing clinics make it a great time for open water anglers to discover the fun of ice fishing or to introduce family and friends to this hard-water recreation. - - - - Fishing is free for Wisconsin residents and visitors alike on these days. No fishing license or Great Lakes salmon stamp or Inland Trout Stamp is needed to fish all inland waters and Wisconsin's side of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River and other boundary waters. Spring trout ponds are not open, however. All other fishing rules apply, such as limits on the number and size of fish anglers can keep and any seasons when anglers must release certain fish species.

Baiting and feeding bans begin for La Crosse and Dodge counties Feb. 1, 2018 following new positive CWD detections

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:55am
MADISON - Following confirmation that wild deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease in western Vernon and central Dodge counties in 2017, baiting and feeding bans will begin Feb. 1, 2018 in these counties. - - As required by law, these findings establish baiting and feeding bans for La Crosse and Dodge counties, effective Feb. 1, 2018. La Crosse County is within 10 miles of the Vernon county positive wild deer, and due to being adjacent to a county with a CWD-positive test result, a two-year ban will be enacted. The ban for Dodge County will be enacted for three years. Existing baiting and feeding bans will remain in place for Vernon County.

Snapshot Wisconsin rolls into eight new counties

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:55am
Ashland, Bayfield, Crawford, Douglas, Price, Richland, Sauk and Vilas counties - get involved today! - - MADISON - Landowners in Ashland, Bayfield, Crawford, Douglas, Price, Richland, Sauk and Vilas counties who would like to play an important role in wildlife management are encouraged to check out Snapshot Wisconsin. - - Snapshot Wisconsin is a volunteer based monitoring effort to capture images of all types of wildlife including deer, elk, bears, fox, bobcats, whooping cranes and more to learn more about Wisconsin's wildlife. This project is led by Department of Natural Resources staff in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW-Extension.

Now is a great time to prepare habitat improvement plans

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:55am
Check out the Deer Management Assistance Program today - - - - - - - - MADISON - While some of Wisconsin's hunting seasons have ended, hunters thinking about next year can prepare their property for success through enrollment in the Deer Management Assistance Program. - - Good habitat means more deer and better hunting - - Interested landowners, hunters and land managers are encouraged to join nearly 1,100 current DMAP cooperators managing habitat for wildlife on the property they own or hunt. DMAP cooperators receive personalized advice and technical assistance from their local DNR wildlife biologist and forester.

Public invited to comment on River View Construction's entrance into Green Tier

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:55am
WAUSAU, Wis. -- The public has an opportunity to comment on an application to the Department of Natural Resources' Green Tier program for River View Construction, Inc. - - River View Construction is applying for Tier 1 of the Green Tier program for its Wausau facility in Marathon County. River View is a heavy equipment contractor that primarily works on landfill construction, site development, grading, Wisconsin Department of Transportation heavy highway, lake and pond construction and other various site work. River View Construction operates at sites across Wisconsin, working on more than 2,000 sites across the state since 1950.

Bald eagle watching events take off in January

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 3:13pm
Sauk Prairie Bald Eagle Watching Days Jan. 12-13 - - MADISON - Wisconsin's bald eagle watching season kicks off Jan. 12-13 with the 31st annual Bald Eagle Watching Days in Sauk Prairie, and there's never been a better time to see these magnificent raptors in Wisconsin. - - Bald eagles congregate along open water areas near the dam at Prairie du Sac. Photo credit: DNR - - Bald eagle populations in Wisconsin have recovered since a low of 108 breeding pairs in the 1970s to a record high 1,590 breeding pairs in 2017. Bald eagles from northern Wisconsin, Canada, northern Michigan and Minnesota move south as the lakes and rivers they live along freeze over during cold winters. Seeking fish, a main food source, the raptors typically congregate along open water areas below dams along the Wisconsin, Mississippi and Fox rivers, where their growing presence has turned the sites into birdwatching destinations and inspired many community events.

Early catch-and-release trout season opens Jan. 6

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 3:13pm
- - Nearly every county has at least one stream open to fishing - - MADISON - Wisconsin's early catch and release trout season opens Jan. 6 on hundreds of waters statewide and provides another fishing opportunity to help anglers beat cabin fever. - - "The long season offers anglers a great opportunity to try the early trout season if you haven't before," says Joanna Griffin, Department of Natural Resources trout team coordinator.

Exotic, invasive snail found in two new streams

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 3:13pm
Anglers cautioned to take steps to prevent further spread - - - - MADISON -- New Zealand mudsnails, an invasive snail previously only found in two Dane County locations, have recently been verified in two new streams - Mt. Vernon Creek in Dane County and Rowan Creek in Columbia County. - - New Zealand mudsnails have been found in two new streams.Photo credit: DNR - - Mt. Vernon Creek, located in southwest Dane County, is a tributary to the Western Branch of the Sugar River and is a Class 1 trout stream. Rowan Creek in Columbia County near Poynette is a Class 1 and Class 2 trout stream. Stream biologists and volunteers discovered the snails during routine stream sampling.

DNR looking for public input on water quality standards

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 3:13pm
- - MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is accepting public input as part of the process for the 2018-2020 Triennial Standards Review on water quality. - - Every three years, all states are required under the federal Clean Water Act to review their water quality standards. Topics evaluated in the review include policies, rules and guidance related to designated uses, water quality criteria, antidegradation and variances.

First Day Hikes to be held at 17 properties January 1, 2018

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 11:08am
[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: The First Day Hike at Willow River and Perrot state parks and Stower Sever Lakes State Trail have been cancelled due to frigid temperatures in the forecast.  Additional cancellations will be noted here and on the DNR Facebook Page and Twitter feed.]MADISON - The Wisconsin State Park System is once again hosting First Day Hikes on New Year's Day. These hikes offer visitors an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenated and connected with nature. In its biggest year yet, First Day Hikes will be happening at 17 state properties, spanning all four corners of the State. From Bong to Pattison, and Newport to Buckhorn, everyone's invited to kick off 2018 on the right foot. - - This is the seventh year Wisconsin has participated in the nationwide First Day Hikes campaign with 17 hikes statewide -- the most ever offered. On Jan. 1, 2017, 679 participants hiked 1,748 miles at 13 different Wisconsin state park properties. Nationwide last year, more than 62,000 people took part in guided hikes that covered over 114,165 miles on 1,300 different hikes across the country, according to the National Association of State Park Directors.

DNR confirms cougar photos from Douglas County

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 11:08am
MADISON - Department of Natural Resources biologists confirmed four photos of a cougar wandering through Douglas County in mid-November 2017. - - A cougar was confirmed on a trail camera photo in Douglas County Nov.11, 2017Photo credit: Contributed Two of the photos were captured on the same day on two properties roughly 2.5 miles apart in the Foxboro area. Three days later, an additional two photos were captured on separate properties in the Bennett area, roughly 4.5 miles apart.

Gains for endangered turtles, bats, monarchs, State Natural Areas detailed

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 11:08am
Year-end review jam-packed with photos, stories and videos from the field - - - - MADISON - Wisconsin has experienced a record year for work to sustain rare prairies and oak savannas: an 85 percent reduction in rare turtles killed at one deadly roadway crossing; nearly 1,000 newly restored acres of habitat for Karner blue butterflies; and the first peregrine falcon nest in Door County since the 1950s. - - These are just a few of the gains for Wisconsin's rare wildlife and State Natural Areas through work by state conservation biologists, partners, volunteers and donors. Their stories are told in the colorful, photo-packed 2017 Annual Report of the Natural Heritage Conservation Program.

State's smallest bat flies 35 miles in 3.3 hours and into conservation history

Wisconsin DNR Weekly News - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 11:08am
Conservation biologists radio-track bat to reveal summer habitat secrets - - HUDSON, Wis. -- Somewhere in a Pierce County cave, one of the state's smallest bats is getting a well-earned rest from its 35-mile flight into conservation history. - - Photo of the eastern pipistrelle bat radio-tracked by NHC conservation biologists. The wire is visible. Photo credit: Heather Kaarakka - - The bat, an eastern pipistrelle weighing less than a nickel, led state conservation biologists on a historic chase last spring.