Archive for Species Specific News

Wildlife managers seek to regain authority to kill problem cormorants

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is about to take its first major step to regain the authority to kill problematic cormorants via depredation permits, a move that could reopen site-specific shooting of the aquatic birds in Minnesota and other Great Lakes states by next spring. It’s been more than a year since a federal […]

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Zebra Mussel confirmed in Minnesota’s Ten Mile Lake

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has confirmed zebra mussels in Ten Mile Lake in west-central Minnesota’s Otter Tail County. Staff at Ten Mile Lake Resort contacted the DNR when they found suspected zebra mussels on a pontoon boat being removed from the lake. DNR invasive species specialists surveyed the area and collected 16 […]

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Citizens’ Opportunity to Comment Army Corps plan to prevent invasive carp

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is encouraging state residents to review the recently released Army Corps of Engineers plan for stopping invasive carp (also known as Asian carp) from entering the Great Lakes basin. Residents who want to share their thoughts on the plan can do so online at the report site, attend a […]

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Fungal disease threatens Lake Erie water snakes

Just a few years ago, the once-threatened Lake Erie water snake defied the odds and became a poster child for species recovery. Now, it faces a new foe: snake fungal disease, a condition typically characterized by scabs or crusty scales, premature separation of a snake’s outermost skin layer, white opaque cloudiness of the eyes, thickening […]

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The challenge of catching silver carp

On a recent trip to Kansas, I fished a tributary to the Missouri River: Bear Creek at Weston Bend State Park, Missouri. My initial purpose was to walk the shores of the Missouri. I’ve seen bigger waters in my travels but never walked their shorelines. Needless to say, fishing was on my mind when I visited the […]

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Cooperative Effort Underway To Battle Asian Carp

In a continuing effort to help assure Kentucky and Lake Barkley reservoirs remain top fishing and boating destinations, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is partnering with the Paris-Henry County Industrial Committee to battle the invasion of Asian carp.  Additionally, the Tennessee General Assembly’s Asian Carp Task Force, chaired by District 75 (Henry, Benton and Stewart […]

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Asian Carp ‘Attack’

Asian carp videos have gone viral in recent years, showing the invasive fish springing from the water en masse. The video was captured several years ago near the Spoon River in Illinois, showing the fish jumping from the water as a boat passes by. It may be a humorous scene for some, but to federal […]

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Culling millions of pounds of Asian carp helps keep Lake Michigan clean

Approximately 1 million pounds of Asian carp is expected to be pulled from Illinois waterways once culling efforts are completed this season. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) partners with commercial fishermen to catch the menacing fish invading the state’s waterways. Dan Stephenson, chief of fisheries for IDNR, said that while it’s a statewide […]

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Biologists swarm Ohio’s Sandusky River in search of grass carp invaders

A flotilla of boats was on the lower Sandusky River this past week, doggedly searching for what biologists hoped they would never find there — grass carp — one of the invasive Asian carps that present an ominous threat to the Great Lakes. But grass carp, which devour aquatic plants and have the potential to […]

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California Boaters asked to take steps to reduce spread of mussels

State officials asked boaters launching a vessel on any body of water this weekend to be sure their watercraft is clean, drained and dry ahead of time to prevent the spread of invasive mussels. Quagga and zebra mussels, which have infested 33 waterways in Southern California and two waterways in San Benito County, respectively, present […]

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