WISCONSIN'S BELOVED WHITE DEER ARE  PROTECTED - LET US KEEP IT THAT WAY!!!!

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"PROTECT THE WHITE DEER"

White and Albino deer are now protected statewide under temporary emergency protection.  Two white does and a white buck have been killed in car accidents most recently.   Protect the White Deer advocacy group is still active and working towards introducing a resolution in the 2015 WCC spring hearings again.  See their website as it's chockful of information and continual media updates.

 

According to State Farm Insurance data, Wisconsin still ranks 7th in the nation for car collisions with deer and this translates to a 1 in 85 chance of colliding with deer.  Urban car crashes are on the rise.  There were also 47,669 projected industry claims.  (See link for data)

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2014 DEER MANAGEMENT IN WISCONSIN

Deer impact on quality of habitat continues to be of great concern.   In some areas of the state it is noted that forest regeneration is not occurring and some habitat may never recover (see Polk County October minutes).  Historically, population continues to be way over goal throughout the state (see p. 7 of the "2013 White-tailed deer report".  Nevertheless, the Wisconsin DNR has embraced new statewide deer management policy.  There is a deer advisory council in every county (CDAC) that will rely on public input at the county level.  Link here for interactive map that will take you to your county.  You can see deer population recommendations; previous meeting minutes and take a survey.    Link here for Wisconsin's  46-page complete "Deer Management Program" in Wisconsin.  This is the most up-to-date version but with the new rule changes a new version will be published soon.  Nevertheless,  it is a good deer primer.

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BIOLOGISTS' LETTERS AND AUDIO

15 October 2014

6 Biologists strongly respond w/ letter to USFWS' Acting Region 3 Director. Link for letters and audio conversation w/ Dr. Adrian Treves.

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FIRST 2014 COUGAR SIGHTINGS WDNR CONFIRMED

October 7, 2014

WDNR has stated, "Cougars are protected wild animals in WI. That means that it is illegal to kill them other than in defense of human life."

See JS article and DNR link  for cougar sightings and other helpful/interesting information.  Mountain Lion Foundation and The Cougar Network are excellent resources also.

 

MASSIVE SEPTIC SPILL - WALKER'S DNR IS SILENT

October 4, 2014

Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wisconsin
Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wisconsin

Beautiful Door County near Sturgeon Bay;

640,000 gallons of liquid cow manure spills from septic; "On Monday, Sept. 22, ...DNR decided to remove the berms and let the remaining liquid manure flow down Sugar Creek and into Green Bay."

WDNR can't keep up with frac sand mining compliance evaluations

October 1, 2014

ONLY 20% of frac sand mines have been inspected

2013 Burnett County: 75,648,000 gallons water used (1 site)

2013 Barron County: 84,598,000 gallons water used (1 site)

Click here - interactive map of frac sand mining operations in Wisconsin with details of water use....

VICTORY FOR WOLVES IN WYOMING

September 23, 2014

 "Federal Judge reinstates federal protections statewide"

State management has been halted including unlimited killing of wolves in over 80% of state;

Wyoming must develop science-based wolf management plan

 

WISCONSIN BAT FESTIVAL!!!!!

October 3-5, 2014

Milwaukee, WI

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Schultz Audubon Nature Center

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Urban Ecology Center

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Zoofari Conference Center

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Presented by

Organization for Bat Conservation 

74-MILE GAS LINE THREATENS RARE SPECIES

August 31, 2014

DNR: Pipeline work could kill rare species

Threatened Prairie Leafhopper, Wood Turtle, Frosted Elfin

Endangered Phlox Moth

Project description

Incidental Take DNR page

Public comments closed as of 9/9/2014; Questions -  Rori Paloski, Conservation Biologist, WDNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921

 

ILLINOIS GOVERNOR QUINN SIGNS SB 3049!!

August 25, 2014

Wolves, Black Bears and Mountain Lions are now a Protected Species in Illinois!
Wolves, Black Bears and Mountain Lions are now a Protected Species in Illinois!

"SB 3049 amends the Illinois Wildlife Code to add the Gray wolf, American black bear, and Cougar to the list of protected species. These animals are currently very rare or nonexistent in the state. Senate Bill 3049 will help protect immigrants of these species to promote their recovery in Illinois. "(Click on photo for more info)

August 23, 2014

"Nature offers peace for warriors"

Juneau County Star Times

Necedah Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, in the heart of Wisconsin, reaches out to veterans and shows that nature and it's wildlife can heal old wounds.

 

FIVE SCIENTISTS SEND LETTER TO USF&WS

August 25, 2014 - Letter questions Wisconsin population numbers in light of  data submitted by WIDNR, continued  poaching and new threat(s) of training hounds on wolves.  Link here

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JULY 10, 2014

"Appeals court says hunters can train dogs on wolves" 

The 4th District Court of Appeals on Thursday lifts injunction.  Hound hunters can now legally run their unleashed hound dogs on wolves 24 hrs/day & 365 days/year including breeding and pup-rearing season.  (link for more info)

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HUNTING INCREASES ACROSS WISCONSIN

Update:  Season on killing of Mourning Doves (September 1 thru November 29)

In June the Wisconsin NRB approved an extra 20 days of hunting on these lovely birds who mate for life. Currently, Wisconsin kills approx. 100,000 Mourning Doves each year.

Wisconsin NRB & DNR approved hunting/killing Bobcats So. of 64 throughout the entire state.

Update: Season on killing of Blue-Winged Teal (September 1 thru September 7)

Despite objections from the central Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunter & Mead McMillan Duck Hunters, DNR gets go-ahead from Fish & Wildlife and NRB approves season on Blue-winged Teal..."potential for harvesting non-target species is great..."

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Environmental risks looming in Wisconsin (5/29/2014)

Gogebic taconite mining land in Ashland County,WI

DNR identifies potential pollution problems with iron mining; 07/10/2014; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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WI's water and land dangerously at risk: Read Earth Island Journal's piece on the Penokee Hills (click on photo)
WI's water and land dangerously at risk: Read Earth Island Journal's piece on the Penokee Hills (click on photo)

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Wisconsin's state agency charged with managing our natural resources  no longer uses science as it's guide.  This agency continues to silence biologists and the voices of their public.  Currently, their wildlife, water and land management policies reflect the interests of hunting and big-business lobbyists.

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2013/2014 in Wisconsin

Forest industry attempts to weaken protections for imperiled bat colonies

Penning of wild animals continues unabated (live captive bait)

18% increase in Black Bear hunting 2014 (BAITING is rampant)

340+ wolves killed-majority by trapping (hound dogs killed 30+)

Hound dogs used on wolves despite WCC vote

Hound depredation payments continue despite allegations of fraud

State Park testimonies against permanent rules are shocking!!!

Bobcat killing quota increases (hounds & trapping)

Woodchuck season attempted despite opposition (still in committee)

Trapping increases w/ demand from China

"Coyote killing contests" continue

CWD continues unabated

Invasive species thrive

DNR betrays public trust over Badger Ammunition facility

MacKenzie Center is "poster child" for conservation vs. hunting in WI

State increases funding for promotion of youth hunting

State targets wildlife rehabilitation centers

State eases fees for dumping of toxic substances in wetlands

Mining and fracking continues

 Increase in "impaired waters" in Wisconsin

Hunting/poaching violations rampant

Potential hunting in city limits

 

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