Wednesday, February 18, 2015


NEWS #1Dead wolf found near Morris Illinois..?

ILLINOIS OUTDOORS  -   The Illinois Department of Natural Resources reported that an animal that resembles the likeness of a Wolf was found dead recently near Morris, Illinois. 

Don Dziedzina, of Illinois Outdoors, has learned (and posted on his blog) from Chris Young of the IL DNR that the animal was found on Friday, February 13th just off Nettle School Road north of Interstate 80 in Grundy County.  It measures 43 inches long.  (see photo)

Although it has not been positively identified as a full blooded wolf, the animal carcass which is in the possession of IL DNR biologists will go under genetic testing with the assistance of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  Upon completion of a necropsy, they'll also be able to determine that animal's cause of death.

Is it possible that this animal is a real wolf and that it could have wandered here to Illinois from northern parts of this country where wolves inhabit?  Is it a real wolf?   Nothing is impossible.   As I learn more from the IL DNR, I'll keep you posted.

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NEWS #2Deadlines approach for ice fishing shelter removal

MADISON - The first of a number of deadlines for ice anglers to remove ice fishing shelters from inland and boundary waters is this week. All ice fishing shelters must be removed from Wisconsin-Iowa boundary waters by Friday, Feb. 20. This earlier date, affecting the Mississippi River south of the Minnesota-Iowa border, is set to correspond with Iowa regulations.
The deadlines for the other two boundary waters are March 1 for Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters and March 15 for Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters.
For inland Wisconsin waters, ice fishing shelters must be removed daily and when not occupied after the following dates:
  • Sunday, March 8 for waters south of Highway 64 (First Sunday following March 1).
  • Sunday, March 15 for waters north of Highway 64, along with Lake Michigan, Superior and the Bay of Green Bay (First Sunday following March 12).
One exception to this rule is that on the Fox River downstream from the De Pere dam in Brown County, ice fishing shelters must always be removed from the ice daily and when not in use.
After these dates for removing ice fishing shelters from a frozen lake or river, an angler may continue to use a portable shelter but must remove it daily and when it is not occupied or actively being used.

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April Dombrowski, Recreational enforcement and education safety administrative warden, (608) 852-9456

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