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Black bear hunting season opens on September 7

MADISON - Prospects are good for the 2011 Wisconsin black bear hunting season that opens September 7, according to state wildlife biologists who say bears are thriving and continuing to explore new territories in Wisconsin.

A total of 9,005 permits were issued for the 2011, which runs through October 11, and the statewide harvest quota is 5,235 bear, the same as in 2010.

This year hunters using dogs will have the first week of the bear season to themselves in management zones that allow the use of dogs for hunting bear (Zones A, B, and D). In Zone C, where dogs are not permitted for bear hunting, all legal bear hunting methods not utilizing dogs may be used throughout the entire bear season.

Successful hunters will be required to submit a bear tooth and a 2-inch piece of bear rib at the time of registration as part of an on-going two-year bear population study. The results of this study will add to the results of a similar study conducted from 2006-2008 that provided the scientific basis required to increase bear harvest permits. Scientific bear population studies help to ensure we are establishing an appropriate harvest quota and managing the bear.

"Excitement is high among the bear hunters I have spoken with," said Linda Olver, bear biologist with the Department of Natural Resources. "Many have submitted trail camera photos of bear visiting their baiting sites and there are some pretty impressive bear out there. Whether or not we have a season like 2010 when a new bear harvest record was set and at least three 700 pound bears were registered remains to be seen but the potential is there.

"Most of all, I want to wish hunters good luck, good hunting and remember to be safe."

Additional information including district and bear zone forecasts can be found in the 2011 Fall Hunting Forecast (PDF, 6.5 MB, 48 pages). The 2011 Wisconsin Bear Hunting Regulations are available on the DNR website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Linda Olver - (608) 261-7588



Agriculture damage from black bears - who farmers should contact?

MADISON -- Within the next several weeks the majority of corn across the state will enter the "milk stage." This is the period when corn is especially vulnerable to damage from bears that are attracted to the sweet milky white starches that accumulates in the corn kernel.

Wisconsin's Wildlife Damage Abatement and Claims Program (WDACP) is available to farmers experiencing damages to crops, apiaries, or livestock depredations from bear. The program provides damage abatement assistance and partial compensation to enrolled farmers in exchange for them allowing hunting access during the state bear hunting season. In 2010, 268 farmers enrolled in the WDACP for bear damage abatement assistance.

Wisconsin laws do not allow a person to shoot a bear causing damage to crops under any circumstances without a permit. Conservation wardens, who are primarily responsible for enforcing these laws, do however have the authority to use discretion in cases where a bear is discovered in the act of attacking domestic animals or if human life is at risk. In these cases, persons who find themselves in this situation need to contact a conservation warden law or local law enforcement agency and leave the scene undisturbed. Intact evidence is crucial to applying common sense and discretion.

Shooting a bear without DNR authorization could result in charges being filed against individual who shot the bear. If a bear is shot in the act of threatening personal safety or in the act of killing, wounding or biting a live domestic animal, the department will investigate on a case by case basis to determine if killing a bear before obtaining department permission was necessary and justified under the circumstances. In these situations the department should be contacted immediately and the bear carcass should not be moved unless otherwise directed by the department.

How to enroll

Farmers who suffer crop or apiary damage from bears and want to enroll in the WDACP should contact their county's wildlife damage specialist. The list of contacts in each county can be found on the DNR's website at:, keyword search "WDACP Contacts."

In 2010 the Department issued 25 bear shooting permits to landowners for bears causing agricultural damage or nuisance problems.

For suspected bear depredations, or any non-agricultural problem with bears, farmers and landowners should contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture -Wildlife Services toll-free line at 1-800-433-0663 for southern Wisconsin and 1-800-228-1368 for northern Wisconsin. When calling after normal business hours or on weekends farmers should leave a message with their contact information. Messages are checked periodically after hours and on weekends. The DNR partners with U.S. Department of Agriculture -Wildlife Services to investigate bear depredation complaints and also for bear trapping and relocation services.

A list of properties enrolled in the WDACP that are open to bear hunting can be found on the DNR's website at, keyword search "Damage Program." A list of properties where bear shooting permits have been issued can also be found on the same webpage.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Brad Koele, DNR Wildlife Damage Specialist (608)266-2151



2011 fall hunting forecast available

MADISON -- The 2011 Fall Hunting and Trapping Forecast (PDF, 6.5 MB, 48 pages) is now available. Hunters, trappers and wildlife enthusiasts will find information on upcoming season structures, deer research and wildlife populations, district hunting outlooks and much more.

Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone hunters will find the latest information on CWD management and seasons and a new website (exit DNR). The website has been created to keep hunters and landowners up to date with the latest information available on CWD science, management and impacts. The new website includes a message on CWD from racecar driver and deer hunter, Matt Kenseth.

Hunters will also be seeing a new fall seasons theme in 2011 on television, billboards, in hunting publications and on the website, called "Hunt. Harvest. Help."

There is also a good luck message to hunters and trappers from DNR Executive Assistant, Scott Gunderson, known to many simply as "Gundy."

"As we enter this special time of year, I want to wish everyone who enjoys Wisconsin's great natural resources, including our wildlife, the best of seasons, the best of luck and a reminder to be safe in all that you do."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bob Manwell - (608) 264-9248



Wild rice harvest predicted to be fair to poor for 2011

MADISON - People looking to participate in wild rice gathering, a seasonal ritual that typically runs from late August through the first three weeks of September, will likely encounter only fair rice beds this year based on aerial surveys conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.

"Wild rice production is influenced by a number of factors. The combination of a cool, late spring and high water in many of our lakes and flowages. Unfortunately, the early July severe weather has definitely had an impact," says Peter David, wildlife biologist for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission in Odanah. "Rice beds looked poor in the surveyed area of northwest Wisconsin, but were slightly better in the north-central part of the state."

Wild rice harvests can vary widely from year to year and from site to site. People are encouraged to scout the locations they're interested in.

"Much like hunting, success is increased by doing some preseason work," said Ricky Lien, Wisconsin Wetland Habitat Specialist. Even with the outlook for this season's harvest being less than ideal, Lien noted that there are some rice waters with good stands of rice. "And even if you don't find rice like you might have seen in some of our really good years, you can still have a great time being out there," he said.

Lien hopes that people take time this season to introduce others to wild rice. "Gathering wild rice is interesting from a historical and cultural aspect, the biology and management is unique, and its value as habitat is unmatched. I hope people who are experienced at gathering wild rice will take the time share their knowledge and get other people into this great activity."

Wild rice is the seed of a family of aquatic grasses (including Zizania aquatica and Z. palustris). The rice kernels are nutritious, delicious foodstuff for wildlife and people. The grain grows on tall stalks in shallow lakes, streams and riverbeds throughout the upper Midwest and Canada. Seed imbedded in lake bottoms for a year or more start to germinate in early spring and send a stem up to the surface of the water. Given stable water conditions, the rice plants grow into thick beds from June through September. The seed heads start to fill out in late August and mature over a 10 to 14 day period.

Wild rice harvest regulated in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, most of the harvest comes from the northwestern part of the state in Burnett, Washburn and Polk counties and in Vilas and Oneida counties in north central Wisconsin. Additional beds are managed on waters on tribal lands.

On rivers, flowages and some lakes, no formal seasons are established, and these can be harvested whenever ricers determine the rice is ripe, provided they find ripe rice before the ducks, songbirds and mammals that also crave the calorie-rich grains.

On some lakes, however, the season is date-regulated, and wild rice may only be harvested during the open season set cooperatively by Department of Natural Resources staff and tribal rice chiefs. Notice of season openings and closings are posted at lake landings and at common lake access points at least 24 hours in advance of season openings.

Authorities inspect the rice beds every two to three days on larger waters that typically have larger rice beds and are frequented by more harvesters. Smaller beds are inspected less frequently. Wild rice harvesters can find out when prime waters are open for ricing in northwestern Wisconsin by telephoning the DNR's Spooner Service Center at (715) 635-2101 and in north central Wisconsin waters by phoning the DNR's Woodruff Service Center at (715) 356-5211.

Lists of open ricing waters are also posted and updated regularly during the harvest season on the wild rice page of the DNR Web site and on the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission website [exit DNR].

Due to the poor rice conditions on some lakes, officials have determined that some regulated lakes will not be open to ricing this year. The list below indicates some closed lakes, but ricers should check the wild rice page of the DNR website for updates.

Only Wisconsin residents may harvest wild rice in the state. Harvesters age 16 to 65 must purchase and possess a wild rice harvesting license for $8.25 annually. Immediate family members (spouse and minor-age children residing in the same household as the license holder) may harvest rice under the same permit as long as the other family members have received special wild ricing identification. Those buying quantities of wild rice for resale or importation as well as those processing wild rice for others or processing wild rice for sale to others must annually purchase a wild rice buyers license.

Harvesters are limited to gathering wild rice in boats no longer than 17 feet and no wider than 38 inches that must be propelled by muscle power using paddles or push poles. The grain is still harvested by hand using wooden sticks (flails) that bend the tall stalks over the canoe. As the seed heads are tapped, some rice falls in the canoe and some in the water to seed the bed for future years. The flails must be rounded wooden rods or sticks no more than 38 inches long and hand-operated. Harvesting should be done gently, so that the stalks and beds can be harvested again as more rice matures, and using a good ricing technique ensures the wild rice stands aren't damaged.

Cottage industries have developed over the years in communities adjoining the traditionally productive wild rice waters to thresh or "process" the green wild rice which must be gently dried, parched and threshed to separate usable grain from chaff. Moisture, seed coats and chaff often compose more than 60 percent of the green weight harvest, leaving about four pounds of edible rice for every 10 pounds harvested.

The wild rice season typically runs from late August through mid-September. Wild rice ripens at a gradual rate as the milky starch fills the rice heads and hardens during maturation. At any given location, rice is harvested over a two- to three-week period.

To further protect the fragile rice beds and to allow waterfowl an undisturbed period to feed, ricers can only collect wild rice during the day from 10 a.m. until sunset.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Ricky Lien, DNR Wetland Habitat Specialist, Plymouth, 920-892-8756 ext. 3045



Boaters, anglers be on the lookout for underwater hazards on Lake Michigan

MADISON -Boaters and anglers enjoying those late season outings on Lake Michigan are urged to be on the lookout for underwater hazards, including commercial fishing trap nets, state recreation safety officials say.

Summer restrictions end after Labor Day on where commercial fishing trap nets can be placed in the Sheboygan and Manitowoc/Two Rivers area, so the nets could be anywhere shallower than 150 feet and farther than one-quarter mile from shore in that general area. And this summer, wardens have had reports of boaters getting tangled in other buoys and underwater obstructions.

"We want to make sure that people are on the lookout for the flags and buoys that mark the nets and avoid them, wherever they are," says Warden Supervisor Chris Groth, who leads DNR's unit of marine wardens. "We also want to make sure that people understand there are other underwater hazards to be aware of and avoid."

Groth encourages all boaters on the Great Lakes to carry wire cutters onboard to free their boat should they get entangled in nets or other underwater obstructions; having such cutters on board and immediately accessible is required for people trolling with downriggers on lakes Michigan and Superior.

"Avoiding underwater obstructions in the first place is the best practice, but if you do find yourself in a bad situation, having the wire cutters on board can be a lifesaver," Groth says.

Trap nets are large underwater nets used by commercial fishers to catch whitefish in the Great Lakes. They are preferred to gillnets and trawls because sport fish that are accidentally caught in the nets can be released alive, however, the nets can pose a potential risk to boaters and anglers because boat downriggers, fishing lines, and propellers can get caught in the nets or anchor ropes.

The nets are marked by orange flags attached to a staff buoy at about 4 feet above the water surface. Flags are about 18 by 9 inches. Boaters should be aware that during rough water or heavy currents, these flags may tip down or be hidden by high waves. Orange buoys may also mark the ends of the nets.

Commercial fishers do not set trap nets near Port Washington, Milwaukee, Racine or Kenosha harbors, but the nets have historically been set in other parts of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior from late spring into the fall, Groth says.

In Zone 3, the area south of Sturgeon Bay, from June 29th through Labor Day, commercial trap nets are limited to two small areas: one south of Sheboygan harbor and one between Manitowoc and Two Rivers harbors. After Labor Day, trap nets may be found anywhere in that area. Commercial fishers can increase the number of nets they set from three each to 12 each after the time, but historically have decreased their fishing effort after Labor Day.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Warden Supervisor Chris Groth (920) 662-5449; Bill Horns (608) 266-8782



Ballast water contested case hearing stayed

MADISON - - The state and several conservation groups have agreed to wait until the federal government proposes revised discharge standards aimed at reducing invasive species released in commercial vessels' ballast water before settling a contested case against Wisconsin's ballast water discharge general permit.

A contested case hearing originally scheduled for Sept. 13 has been stayed under a settlement among the Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation and the National Wildlife Federation. Those organizations had contested DNR's ballast water permit rules as inadequate when it was issued in November 2009.

"We're pleased we've reached a settlement and can wait to see what EPA's improved general permit contains before taking any farther action," says Susan Sylvester, who leads the Department of Natural Resources' watershed program.

"We've long argued that there needs to be one strong national set of rules to follow instead of a patchwork of state rules. The ball is in EPA's court. We urge EPA to produce a general permit that delivers the protection the Great Lakes and our inland waters deserve while giving shipping companies a uniform regulation they can follow."

EPA is under court deadline to propose a draft general vessel permit by Nov. 20, 2011. DNR has called for that revised permit to include stringent numerical standards for live organisms left in ballast water after it has been treated.

Wisconsin, New York, Michigan and Minnesota all have started to regulate ballast water discharges in recent years, fearing the federal rules were not protective enough of the Great Lakes. The ballast water that large oceangoing commercial ships carry to steady themselves has been the main source of new invaders to the Great Lakes for the last 100 years. Zebra mussels, sea lampreys, and round gobies are among invaders brought in ballast water, and they have disrupted the food chain, harmed fisheries, fouled beaches, clogged water and utility infrastructure, and cost citizens, governments and businesses billions of dollars.

New research, however, is showing that ballast water exchange in the open ocean, a requirement in current U.S. Coast Guard rules, is significantly curbing new introductions of aquatic invasive species from freshwater sources. However, there is concern that this requirement will not be kept in the new Coast Guard rules, which were to have been issued in 2010 but have not yet been released.

Exchanging ballast water at sea can reduce by up to 95 percent the number of invasive species that have the greatest chance of surviving and causing trouble in freshwater bodies, according to Sarah Bailey, PhD., a research scientist for the Canadian federal government's Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and a member of the Great Lakes Ballast Water Collaborative, a regional network of scientists and policymakers that Wisconsin asked to examine its treatment standard in 2010.

Older research had raised questions about the effectiveness of ballast water exchange and the variation among ships in how frequently and how well they performed the process. But Bailey's research is showing that done right, the plants, animals and pathogens are purged at sea as the ballast water is exchanged; organisms remaining in the tank are then subjected to the salt water taken in, which kills and weakens many of them.

Wisconsin requires ballast water exchange and treatment standards

Wisconsin's permitting requirements, which started in February 2010 and were modified earlier this year, require ballast water exchange or flushing in the open water, and phase-in numerical treatment standards, according to Laura Madsen, who coordinates the ballast water permit program.

New oceangoing vessels will need to meet numerical treatment standards starting Jan. 1, 2012, and existing oceangoing vessels will need to meet them two years later.

So far, Wisconsin has issued permits to 241 vessels, approximately 143 oceangoing vessels and 98 "lakers," ships that travel between Great Lakes ports, Madsen says.

DNR has two inspectors -- one for Lake Superior and one for Lake Michigan. The inspectors have been boarding vessels, asking for and reviewing documents describing their management of ballast water and sediment, and making recommendations for improvements, Madsen says.

"What the inspectors are finding is that the shipping companies are doing a good job so far," Madsen says. "The industry is highly regulated internationally, and overall, there's a high compliance rate. They know they're being scrutinized and are, for the most part, already doing what they're supposed to be doing."

More information on ballast water discharge general permit is available in a media kit on the DNR website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Sylvester (608) 266-1099; Margaret Hoefer (608) 266-7588



Western style logging coming to Wisconsin

Standing Skyline system expected to reduce erosion, reduce seasonal layoffs and cost less than traditional Wisconsin logging methods

MADISON - Wisconsin forestry officials, loggers and representatives of the Golden Sands Resource Conservation and Development Council will observe and evaluate a logging technology not typically used in Wisconsin during a demonstration scheduled near Crivitz Wisconsin on Wednesday Aug. 31.

Media are invited to observe the demonstration, which will take place off Quarry Road, approximately 3 miles north of Crivitz. For location details and times contact Terry Mace (608) 231-9333. This type of logging offers a very visual story well suited for electronic media.

Commonly called a "standing skyline" logging system, logs are gathered or "yarded" from where the trees are felled via a cable transport system consisting of two mobile towers mounted on excavators that support a heavy cable suspended over the logging site. Logs are attached to a carriage that travels back and forth on the heavy cable. The logs are suspended during transport.

This logging method greatly reduces the need for logging roads, sometimes referred to as skid roads, over which logs are dragged repeatedly by machines called skidders.

Skidder type logging can leave deep furrows and erodible ruts especially if practiced at times when the ground is not frozen or the terrain is steep. Standing skyline logging not only reduces residual forest damage and erosion concerns, it allows year-round logging operations in all types of terrain including swampy or wet ground sites, provided area roads are able to handle the weight of logging trucks moving the harvested logs to sawmills, papermills or other facilities.

"The Department of Natural Resources and the Golden Sands RC&D partnered in bringing this demonstration to Wisconsin," said Terry Mace, DNR forester and wood utilization specialist. "The effort is being funded by a $90,000 U.S. Forest Service grant. Teleforest, Inc, a Canadian company, built the equipment and the demonstration is for the benefit of Wisconsin loggers who may be interested in employing this kind of logging technology in Wisconsin.

"Approximately 20 to 30 percent of Wisconsin's 16 million acres of forest are suitable for this kind of logging technique. Traditional logging is difficult or limited to small windows of time in areas where slopes reach or exceed 25 percent slope, wet or swampy sites and other soft ground sites. While other equipment exists that can work on soft ground sites we believe this standing skyline system can do it with a smaller up front investment for the logger, leaves less residual damage and can be utilized during more months of the year, reducing seasonal lay offs."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Terry Mace - (608) 231-9333



2012 wild turkey, pheasant, and waterfowl stamp design contest winners announced

MADISON - Nearly 45 pieces of wildlife artwork were on display for the combined judging of the designs to be featured on the 2012 Wisconsin wild turkey, pheasant, and waterfowl stamps. The judging took place on Saturday, August 27, at the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo. There were 13 wild turkey entries, 10 pheasant entries, and 20 waterfowl entries submitted by artists from around the state of Wisconsin.

A painting of two tom turkeys set in a Wisconsin woodland landscape, submitted by Caleb Metrich of Lake Tomahawk, is the winning entry for the 2012 Wisconsin wild turkey stamp design contest.

2012 Turkey stamp

2012 Wisconsin Wild Turkey Stamp

The winning entry for the 2012 Wisconsin pheasant stamp design contest is an acrylic painting of a pair of pheasants set in a Wisconsin farmland landscape, submitted by Jon Rickaby of Green Bay.

2012 Pheasant stamp

2012 Wisconsin Pheasant Stamp

Rickaby also won the 2012 Wisconsin Waterfowl Stamp Design Contest with his oil painting of a swimming redhead duck. This is only the second time in the history of the three stamp design contests that the same artist has painted the winning design for both the pheasant and waterfowl stamps.

2012 Waterfowl stamp

2012 Wisconsin Waterfowl Stamp

The judging panel for all three contests included Cory Catlin, president of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation; Craig Schlender, president of the Sauk County Chapter of Pheasants Forever; Jim Gronowski, incoming state chairman of Wisconsin Ducks Unlimited; Ashly Steinke, special projects coordinator with the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association; and Stan Temple, a retired wildlife professor and senior fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation.

2012 wild turkey stamp design contest

Caleb Metrich, 28, resides in Lake Tomahawk. He's been painting for as long as he can remember, and virtually all of his skills were self-taught through trial and error and experimenting with various media. Metrich grew up in a home that placed great value on spending time in the outdoors, and one of his favorite activities is hunting with his father; the two of them have travelled across the Midwest in pursuit of turkeys, deer, and waterfowl. He likes to paint what he's observed while hunting, which is why he included a special detail in his winning painting of a pair of gobblers - the tom in the background has a double beard, something Metrich had never seen until he harvested just such a gobbler this spring. Metrich's advice to beginning painters is to paint what comes naturally - don't try to force it. Being accurate in your depiction of nature is also crucial, and Metrich says he is particularly grateful to his father, a retired taxidermist with years of wildlife knowledge, who provided mounted wildlife specimens to work from as well as helpful critiques.

This year's first runner-up was Virgil Beck of Stevens Point, and the second runner-up was Steven Hovel of DeForest.

Sales of the wild turkey stamp help provide future opportunities for turkey management and hunting in Wisconsin. All turkey hunters are required to purchase the $5.25 wild turkey stamp to legally hunt turkeys in Wisconsin. Sales of the wild turkey stamp bring in more than $750,000 annually for habitat management and restoration projects, education, research, equipment purchases, and the management of the wild turkey program in our state.

2012 pheasant and waterfowl stamp design contests

Jon Rickaby, 45, resides in Green Bay with his wife and two children. Rickaby has been painting for the last 25 years; he began taking private art lessons at the age of 12, and started painting again in earnest after a short break to focus on school and work. In addition to admiring the work of wildlife artists such as Robert Bateman and Carl Brenders, Rickaby is inspired by the natural scenes he has come across while hiking, fishing, and hunting pheasants and ruffed grouse in Wisconsin. When asked what advice he could offer to beginning artists, he stressed the importance of being methodical and spending adequate time on each project. Rickaby would like to sincerely thank his family for being his biggest supporters, for spending time with him in the outdoors...and for putting up with his studio space in the living room.

Rickaby has had previous success in the state wildlife stamp contests. In addition to winning this year's pheasant and waterfowl stamp design contests, he also won the 2007 pheasant stamp design contest.

The first runner-up for this year's pheasant stamp contest was Robert Metropoulous of Minocqua. The second runner-up was Russell Meyer of Oconomowoc.

For this year's waterfowl stamp contest, Brian Kuether of Greenfield was the first runner-up, and Steven Hovel of DeForest was the second runner-up.

Sales of the $10 pheasant stamp bring in more than $370,000 annually for the development, management, conservation, and maintenance of wild pheasants and their habitat in the state, and also help to support the stocking of pen-reared pheasants on Wisconsin's public hunting grounds. A pheasant stamp is required to hunt pheasants in the state of Wisconsin.

Proceeds from the sale of the $7 waterfowl stamp are used for managing, restoring, and protecting habitat in Wisconsin and Canada for waterfowl and other wetland-associated species. Duck and goose hunters are required to purchase the waterfowl stamp in order to hunt waterfowl in the state of Wisconsin.

Please note that an electronic "stamp approval" is printed on the licenses of wild turkey, pheasant, and waterfowl hunters at the time of purchase. Hunters will not receive an actual stamp unless they request it. DNR Service Centers have the stamps available free of charge for hunters with stamp approval. Anyone else interested in collecting the stamp may purchase one directly from the DNR. For more information, call the DNR Call Center at 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463) or use the online licensing center.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Krista McGinley, Wildlife Stamp Coordinator, at (608) 264-8963 or



Trapper education workshop at Sandhill full

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: A trapper education course scheduled for Sept. 17-18 at the Sandhill Outdoor Skills center has filled up.

BABCOCK, Wis. -- First-time trappers who need to fulfill their trapper education requirement can check the trapper education course page of the Department of Natural Resources website for additional course opportunities.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Britt Searles - (715) 884-6335


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