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News Releases

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Under Safer At Home Order, Call Wildlife Rehabilitators In Advance
MADISON, Wis. - Spring and summer are when people encounter wild animals the most. Wisconsin's Keep Wildlife Wild initiative urges people to call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator or the Department of Natural Resources before assuming a wild animal is orphaned or in need of assistance.

Central Office
Thursday, April 02, 2020 5:05:15 p.m.

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State Nursery Seedling Orders Suspended
MADISON, Wis. - Due to COVID-19 and Gov. Evers' Safer at Home order, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is suspending seedling orders for 2020.

Central Office
Thursday, April 02, 2020 3:33:40 p.m.

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Wisconsin Natural Resources Board Approves 2020 Migratory Bird Hunting Season Framework And Regulations

MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board Wednesday voted unanimously for the Department of Natural Resources to move forward with proposed rules for the 2020 migratory bird season framework and regulations. Thanks to input from hunters and new scientific research, Wisconsin will see some notable changes.

Central Office
Wednesday, April 01, 2020 2:51:30 p.m.

In-Person Public Meeting Changed To Online Format For Delisting Lower Menominee River Area of Concern
MADISON, Wis. - Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy canceled the two in-person public informational meetings about the proposal to delist the Lower Menominee River Area of Concern. The single session on April 9 will be held online only.
Central Office
Wednesday, April 01, 2020 12:00:46 p.m.
Incidental Take Notice For Rock County
MADISON, Wis. - The Riverside Solar Array Public Trail project by Alliant Energy may result in the "incidental taking" of the state endangered ornate box turtle under a permit the Department of Natural Resources proposes to issue for the project. Incidental take refers to the unintentional loss of individual endangered or threatened animals or plants that does not put the overall population of the species at risk.
Central Office
Friday, March 27, 2020 12:40:10 p.m.
Incidental Take Notice for Adams County
MADISON, Wis. - The WRPCO Petenwell Repeater Project may result in the "incidental taking" of a rare lizard under a permit the Department of Natural Resources proposes to issue for the project. Incidental take refers to the unintentional loss of individual endangered or threatened animals or plants that does not put the overall population of the species at risk.
Central Office
Friday, March 27, 2020 12:39:59 p.m.
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Burning Permits Are Suspended In Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. - Spring in Wisconsin has the highest fire risk with the No. 1 cause of wildfires being debris burning. Wildfires pose a serious threat to public safety, property and our natural resources. People cause over 98% of all wildfires in Wisconsin.

Central Office
Thursday, March 26, 2020 3:09:12 p.m.

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Fees Waived For Wisconsin State Parks And Trails
[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: Release was updated to reflect that outdoor activity is considered an essential activity.]
MADISON, Wis. - Gov. Evers' Safer at Home order (item 11.c) recognizes outdoor activity as an essential activity. As such, all State Parks, Trails and Forests remain open and all fees are now waived. All current regulations apply for hunting, trapping, and fishing seasons.

Central Office
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 10:44:26 a.m.

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In-Person Deer Planning Public Meetings Canceled
MADISON, Wis. - In light of COVID-19, the Department of Natural Resources will suspend in-person County Deer Advisory Council meetings planned for discussing this year's deer season antlerless permit recommendations and will instead use a call-in format. Meeting dates and times [PDF] have not changed, and meetings remain open to the public.

Central Office
Monday, March 23, 2020 2:33:44 p.m.

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Wisconsin State Parks and Trails Remain Open To Public
MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin State Parks and Trails will remain open to the public. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources continues to receive the most up-to-date information and will adjust operations as conditions change. We will continue to monitor on-the-ground circumstances each day to determine if park closures become necessary.

Central Office
Thursday, March 19, 2020 3:25:11 p.m.

Last revised: Friday, November 01, 2019

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