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Wolf count estimated at minimum of 658

The preliminary 2014 Wisconsin late-winter wolf count indicates there are a minimum of 658 to 687 wolves distributed across the state, according to Department of Natural Resources officials (DNR).

The preliminary numbers equate to a 19% decline in the late winter population compared to last year, as predicted by scientific models considered by the Wolf Advisory Committee and Natural Resources Board prior to establishing 2013 quotas.

“The population is within the range predicted

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 1:49 PM
 
Muskie league plans meeting

The Three Lakes Wednesday Night Muskie League will have an organizational meeting tonight, Wednesday, May 7, at 6 p.m. to discuss the upcoming season.

The meeting will be in the downstairs meeting room at the American Legion Bar in Three Lakes. Any teams and anglers are invited to attend. The 2014 rules will be discussed.

Those who would like further information can contact Chris Blicharz at (715) 493-4640.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 1:49 PM
 
Ugly sight
Due to the thick ice and deep snow this winter, there has been a fish kill on 1,700-acre Thunder Lake just west of Three Lakes. This was the scene along the south shore of Thunder Lake Friday, with only about one-quarter of the lake free of ice. The dead fish included thousands of bluegills (above), as well as some crappies, walleyes, bass and northerns. The Three Lakes Fish and Wildlife Improvement Association operates an aerator on the lake, but due to the extreme conditIons this year a fish kill still resulted. Winterkill is a natural process occurring when fish don't have enough oxygen, according to the DNR. In ice-capped winters, most oxygen in the water comes from aquatic plants. However, when the ice and snow cover is thick, plants cannot get the sunlight needed, and instead of producing oxygen, they die back and decompose.                          —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 1:48 PM
 
Ron Bruch named new fisheries director
RON BRUCH

Wisconsin’s next fisheries director took over May 5 and is already well-known at home and abroad for nurturing the Winnebago System’s lake sturgeon into the world’s largest population that supports a unique winter spearing season.

Ron Bruch, a Wisconsin native with family ties to Butternut in Ashland County and Milwaukee, and a 37- year veteran of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fisheries management program, takes over from Mike Staggs,

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 1:46 PM
 
Discovery Center to host Craven, wildlife ecologist

The North Lakeland Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters will host wildlife ecologist and regular WXPR public-radio guest Scott Craven for a program Thursday, May 15, in its main lodge.

The program is part of the Nibbles n’ Knowledge monthly lecture series at the Discovery Center and will focus on wildlife-based recreation.

Craven will examine hunting, fishing, bird-watching, wildlife feeding and watching, and surveying.  He also will explore how these activities draw people to live, recreate, work in and visit Wisconsin’s North Woods.

He will explore this growing area of interest and tourism

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 1:46 PM
 
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