There were 1,060 white-tailed deer that tested positive for chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin during the 2018 surveillance year, which ran from April 1 through March 31.
As winter fades and spring arrives, gypsy moth eggs should start hatching in a few weeks.
Winter is an ideal time to look for signs of emerald ash borer infestation because woodpeckers will do much of the hunting for those signs, according to state forest health specialists.
Wisconsin's bald eagle population continues to reach new heights as 2018 nest surveys revealed a record number of nests statewide and Walworth County confirmed its first documented nest in at least a half-century, according to results released in the 2018 Wisconsin Bald Eagle Nest Survey.
Following more than 22 years of elk management and reintroduction efforts, 2018 marked Wisconsin's first managed elk hunt in state history. Not only are a few lucky hunters enjoying this unique experience, but they are finding success, too.
Work continues at Pattison and Amnicon state parks to repair damage from the June flood event. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources crews are adding rock and gravel to washout areas, as well as replacing bridges. Almost 300 cubic yards of sand was added to the Little Falls Lake beach to replace what was lost from the flood, but the beach remains closed while the lake is drawn down to repair the dam.
The Wisconsin Bat Festival is moving to Ashland on Aug. 25, giving Northwoods residents and visitors a chance to see live bats up close and participate in activities aimed at demystifying this flying mammal.
With high water levels receding on many streams and rivers, state conservation biologists are now encouraging paddlers, anglers and other water lovers to take a few minutes to help protect some of the most important yet least known members of Wisconsin's aquatic ecosystems: native freshwater mussels.
The first step in campfire safety is to understand the difference between a campfire and a fire to dispose of debris. Campfires are solely for warming or cooking purposes, are smaller in size and comprised of clean, dry wood. They are contained within a designated fire ring or surrounded by rocks. Campfires are allowed anytime, except when emergency burning restrictions are in effect.
Heavy rains and high temperature are fueling the growth of blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, in water bodies around the state. Some blue-green algae can cause illnesses for people and animals who accidentally ingest or inhale it, or have prolonged skin contact with the algae.