Anyone living near bear habitat is reminded to be aware of bears this spring and check their property for food sources that could attract bears.
“Leaving food out in yards that can be eaten by bears can lead to property damage and presents dangers to bears,” said Eric Nelson, wildlife animal damage program supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Pet food, livestock feed, birdseed, compost or garbage can attract bears.”
As bears emerge from hibernation, their metabolism gradually ramps up and they will begin looking for food at a time when berries and green vegetation can be scarce.
Only black bears live in the wild in Minnesota and Wisconsin. They usually are shy and flee when encountered. Never approach or try to pet a bear. Injury to people is rare, but bears are…
MADISON, WI - Students in grades 9 through 12 who have artistic talent or just really like to fish, will want to check out the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources inland trout stamp and Great Lakes salmon and trout stamp design contests for the 2018 year stamps.
The 2018 stamp year contests aim to get a new generation hooked on Wisconsin's world-class fishing traditions while highlighting fisheries management efforts that will benefit anglers for years to come.
"High school students in every part of our state have access to exceptional inland trout or Great Lakes salmon and trout fishing opportunities, so we're hoping to get submissions from throughout Wisconsin," said Justine Hasz, DNR's fisheries bureau chief. "We think the work of these young artists will capture the true excitement…
Just as the “rules of the road” are learned before getting behind the wheel of a car, the same should be done before getting on a boat and taking the helm.
U.S. Coast Guard statistics indicate that 80 percent of boating deaths occurred on boats where the boat operator had never received boating education instruction. Before hitting the water this summer, take a boater’s education course, do it this week for an added incentive.
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) along with state, federal and nonprofit partners are encouraging boaters to enroll in a boating education course prior to the kickoff of the 2017 boating season.
During the week of March 19-25, as part of the Spring Aboard – Take A Boating Education Course campaign, Minnesota boaters will receive 50…
American white pelicans are making their yearly migration to Minnesota about two weeks early this year, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
With bright white plumage, a nine-foot wingspan, and bright orange bill, the once-threatened species ranks among the largest birds in the world. Its graceful flight, pouch-like throat, and awkward gait makes it a favorite among bird watchers.
The pelicans spend winters along the Gulf Coast from Florida to Mexico and typically return to Minnesota in early spring as the thawing of lakes and rivers allow.
“Southern and western Minnesota’s prairie pothole lakes are native habitat for American white pelicans,” said DNR nongame wildlife specialist Lisa Gelvin-Innvaer. “In fact, more than one-fifth of all pelicans in North America will nest in…
ASHLAND, WI - Throughout Wisconsin, bald eagles are sprucing up their nests, red-tailed hawks are pairing up, and great horned owls are already sitting on eggs.
For Wisconsin's earliest breeding species, daily sightings are already being documented for the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II.
"Mild winter weather and the early return of some migrants, like geese, cranes and blackbirds, have many birders anxious for spring and the start of nesting season," says Ryan Brady, DNR wildlife biologist and science coordinator for the atlas survey. "The atlas is a great way to put that eagerness to work for birds and the places they call home."
Organizers of this comprehensive bird survey, now entering its third year, encourage all birders and wildlife watchers to submit observations and attend free…
MADISON, WI - With cold weather and snowfall nearing an end, the Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers to lend their ears for the Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey.
Wildlife enthusiasts who rely on audio versus visual cues and listen for the anticipated choruses of wood frogs, boreal chorus frogs, and spring peepers are the perfect fit for this citizen-based monitoring project. The Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey is the longest running citizen science amphibian calling survey in North America.
The survey was initiated in 1981 as a response to known and suspected declines in the 1960s and 1970s in numerous Wisconsin frog species, including the northern leopard frog, American bullfrog, pickerel frog and Blanchard's cricket frog. The project's goals were to determine the status,…
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold an open house at the Winona Middle School to highlight how hunting and angling license fees are being put to work in southeast Minnesota.
The open house is Tuesday, March 14, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Attendees will hear about local DNR projects and meet area fisheries, wildlife and enforcement staff. Light snacks and refreshments will be available.
DNR staff also will provide information on a proposal included in Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget to raise the costs of certain hunting and angling licenses next year by a few dollars to maintain the state’s Game and Fish Fund, which pays for most fisheries and wildlife management activities.
License fees were last raised in 2013, and the revenue generated from them is not keeping up with rising costs.…
MADISON, WI - A new deer metrics system provides a unique opportunity for people to take a detailed look at how County Deer Advisory Councils and the Department of Natural Resources work together with the public to manage Wisconsin's deer herd.
"DNR staff created a system that provides the public and County Deer Advisory Councils with a fast and easy method of learning about their deer management unit and the factors that influence management decisions," said Kevin Wallenfang, DNR deer and elk ecologist.
Metrics provided in the system include deer harvest figures, population trends, deer impacts on agriculture and forest resources, herd history, deer herd health, deer hunter surveys and more. To check out this new webpage and learn more about Wisconsin's deer herd, search the DNR website,…
MADISON, WI - If you like to hunt, fish, boat or just get outdoors and enjoy Wisconsin's wild side, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources encourages you to visit GoWild.Wi.Gov.
Licenses and permits for hunting, fishing, trapping and more go on sale Wednesday, March 8, through DNR's Go Wild system, an online portal dedicated to the numerous recreational opportunities made possible by sound management of Wisconsin's natural resources.
"Our top rankings in the Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young record books for trophy whitetail bucks, top-tier turkey and black bear hunting, world-record musky and exceptional walleye, trout and bass fishing are just a few reasons why hunting and fishing are so popular in Wisconsin," said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. "The Go Wild system makes it easier…
MADISON, WI - Wisconsin artists have until July 20 to submit artwork for the 2018 Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp design contests.
Funds derived from the sale of these stamps contribute to restoration and management efforts on thousands of acres of important wildlife habitat. Stamp design entries must be received or postmarked by July 20, 2017 in order to be eligible. Judging will take place in a closed session on July 27, 2017.
For rules, entry information, and Reproduction Rights Agreements, search the Department of Natural Resources website, dnr.wi.gov, for keywords "Wildlife Stamps." All stamp contest applicants should review contest rules carefully to ensure the eligibility of their entries. Artwork must meet technical requirements in order to be properly processed and…