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A manure spill on a farm in Lincoln County has led to a fish kill in Devil Creek.

Wednesday night, the DNR was notified of manure running off a field into Devil Creek southwest of Merrill.

The DNR is now assisting with the investigation.

The source of the spill was an open value on a manure pit at a medium-sized dairy operation.

The DNR still doesn’t know the full scope of the spill.

It’s working with the farm and other agencies to get answers.

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The Wisconsin DNR has been selling waterfowl stamps for more than 40 years.

Each year, sales from the stamp generates hundreds of thousands of dollars for habitat management, restoration, education, and research projects.

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ATV and UTV riding is becoming more and more popular in Wisconsin.

People are spending more time outside, and at the same time more counties and townships are allowing people to ride off-road vehicles on roads.

That’s good news for the ATV/UTV industry, but one result of this is an increase in accidents.

“Last year had 38 fatalities between ATVs and UTVs in our state. That was a pretty decent increase from the previous year and that trend has been growing over time,” said Ryan Serwe, the Off-Highway Vehicle Assistant Administrator with the Wisconsin DNR.

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Every year as the temperature start to heat up, female turtles start moving.

They make their way from rivers and wetlands up to higher, drier ground to lay eggs.

The turtles are usually crossing roads to get there. The DNR is asking drivers to be on the look out for turtles on the roads alongside water bodies.

DNR Natural Heritage Conservation Biologist Andrew Badje says to slow down and be alert.

The DNR and Department of Transportation does not recommend drivers get out to help turtles across, but Badje asks that if you do be safe and smart about it.

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Wisconsin has been steadily rebuilding its elk population.

The Northern elk herd, formerly called the Clam Lake herd, ranges across Ashland, Bayfield, Price, Sawyer, and Rusk counties.

The Central elk herd, formerly called the Black River elk herd, is found in the forested region of Jackson County.

Together, elk the population in Wisconsin is approaching 400 animals.

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The Department of Natural Resources board has started the process of revising Wisconsin's wolf hunt rules to potentially prohibit night hunting and shorten the window for registering kills after hunters blew past their quota in February.

The board authorized the department Wednesday to schedule a hearing on the proposal.  

The Trump administration removed wolves from the endangered species list in January.

The DNR was preparing to hold a November hunt but a judge forced the agency to launch the season in February.

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Until the 2000s, walleye on the Minocqua Chain did fairly well according to DNR Treaty Fisheries Team Supervisor John Kubisiak.

“Around 2000 we started seeing some declines in our recruitment, our young fish coming up on the chain,” said Kubisiak.

Surveys through the early 2000s showed plenty of older walleye throughout the chain, but not much in terms of young and growing fish.

Over the last decade, the DNR has tried different tactics to restart natural reproduction in the lakes.

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The state Department of Natural Resources is expanding gathering limits for outdoor events at state parks as COVID-19 cases continue to wane.

The department announced Friday that volunteer groups, special event groups, hikes and education programs can now be as large as 350 people.

Outdoor campsites, shelters and amphitheaters will increase to maximum capacity or 350 people, whichever is less.

All other DNR facilities, including nature centers and indoor group camps remain closed to the public.

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Wisconsin environmental regulators have signed off on a plan to treat groundwater contamination caused by a fire training facility in Marinette, but warn it will not entirely eliminate the pollution.

The contamination is linked to Tyco Fire Products’ use of firefighting foam that contained substances known as PFAS.

Tyco conducted testing and training with the firefighting foam at its facility from the early 1960s through 2017.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has given Tyco the go-head on its groundwater extraction and treatment system.

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There’s been more than 620 fires recorded in Wisconsin so far this year. More than 1,700 acres have burned.  

For comparison, in the same time frame last year there were 368 fires and less than a third as many acres burned.

John A. Jorgensen is the aeronautics team leader for the DNR. He said it’s not necessarily the number of fires that makes this fire season unique, but the length of the season and how widespread fire risk is.

Fire Danger High in Wisconsin

May 14, 2021
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Wisconsin DNR officials are issuing very high fire-danger warnings for the next two days.

According to the DNR, in the past week there have been 50 wildfires in the state.

Light-rain forecast on Saturday might not be enough to prevent a fire from spreading.

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Emerald Ash Borer or EAB is a non-native invasive species that can destroy ash trees.

The bright metallic- green beetle has been discovered all across southern Wisconsin and has been making its way north.

It’s already been found in pockets of Price, Oneida, and Florence Counties.

Now, it’s been found in three areas of Langlade County in the towns of Ainsworth, Parrish, and Wolf River.

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Observation towers and playgrounds at Wisconsin state parks have reopened, as more restrictions in place during the coronavirus pandemic are loosening.

The state Department of Natural Resources has also increased capacity to 100 at open-air shelters, amphitheaters, and outdoor group campgrounds as of Friday.

The DNR reports that state park attendance has increased 25% so far this year compared to 2020. 

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Chaotic, rushed, and mishandled are all words Wisconsin’s Green Fire used to describe the state’s February wolf hunt.

Green Fire is a conservation group that supports science-based management of Wisconsin’s natural resources.

It recently released its assessment of the wolf hunt.

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As Wisconsin’s Chief State Forester, a lot of Heather Berkland’s life revolves around trees.

“You got to love trees. Trees are really the answer to an overall healthy ecosystem,” said Berkland.

Berkland says forests are essential to the health of the environment and people.

“It filters pollutants, protects water quality, provides wildlife habitat,” she said.

Trees are also a key part of the state’s economy.

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