Category Archives: Natural Resources

Study links deer to forest plant species changes

deerA recent study is linking changes in forest ecosystems in northern Michigan and Wisconsin to the eating habits of White-Tailed Deer.

The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It links at least 40 percent of plant species changes in the forests of northern Michigan and Wisconsin to White-Tailed Deer. Continue reading

Wildlife officials say bat die-off in Michigan likely to “get considerably worse”, before it gets better.

Dead bats with white-nose syndrome (inset) at a mine opening in Keweenaw County. Photo courtesy of Gina Nicholas

Dead bats with white-nose syndrome (inset) at a mine opening in Keweenaw County. Photo courtesy of Gina Nicholas

Officials with the state Department of Natural Resources say they have received the first reports this winter of bats in Michigan dying from White Nose Syndrome.
The bats were found near the opening of a copper mine in Keweenaw County in the UP. Continue reading

DNR rejects massive U.P. land sale, for now

Canadian-based Graymont is pursuing a purchase of more than 10,000 acres of mineral rights in Michigan's U.P.

Canadian-based Graymont is pursuing a purchase of more than 10,000 acres of mineral rights in Michigan’s U.P.

A Canadian-based mining company, called Graymont, is interested in bringing business to Michigan, but the land sale that would go along with the initiative is being debated.
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DNR seeks information in finding snowmobiler who hit and killed ducks

The DNR is looking for information about who was involved in the killing of a group of ducks during Tip-Up-Town last weekend on Houghton lake in Roscommon County.

Tip-Up-Town USA is a winter festival on Houghton Lake that brings thousands of visitors to the area.

DNR officials said this happened Jan. 17 They said late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, someone ran a snowmobile into a group of roosting mallards on Houghton Lake. At least half a dozen of the ducks were killed. Continue reading

Michigan conservation officers use robotic decoy animals to catch poachers

Whitetail decoy. Custom Robotic Wildlife courtesy photo.

Whitetail decoy. Custom Robotic Wildlife courtesy photo.

Hunters often use decoy animals to lure in prey. In Michigan, DNR officers have turned the tables; they use decoy animals to catch poachers.

Conservation officers use robo-deer and other fake animals to catch poachers in the act.

Officers say they frequently get complaints of people hunting from their vehicles or trespassing in rural areas.

That’s when, they said, they break out the remote controlled robo-deer. The decoys have moveable heads, tails and sometimes legs. Continue reading