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Winter 2019
Volume 43, Number 4

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I have been a subscriber to your magazine for many years and I always enjoy it. Quite a few years ago you printed an article that related stories you received from readers regarding problems with bears. It involved home invasions, freezer attacks and similar incidents. I would like to read that article again. How can I find it?

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We believe you're remembering our "Creature Comforts" column from the December 1997 issue that related 16 of our readers's encounters with wild animals in their homes and cottages. You can find it on our website, Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine (click "Search our archives" and check under 1997). Readers also should note we've enhanced our search pages to include thumbnail photos of magazine covers for each issue in the index, which may help you find stories you remember from the past. Another link on the search page takes you to our older issues – pre-1996 – which archived with the UW Libraries Digital Collections.


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Photo of large brown dog standing on shore of Devil's Lake


Here's a photo of my dog, Zeus, at the dog swim area at Devil's Lake State Park.

Denise Tincher

Photo of a white pelican with a large fish in its throat


White pelican in Menasha.

Harold W. Boccheciamp

Photo of two deer standing on hind legs facing each other


I have taken this picture of two bucks practicing on my property in Deer Park – almost looks like a mirror picture. Just thought you might be interested in publishing it.

Bob Krueger
Deer Park

Photo of man holding a small eel-like fish


While chasing trout, I saw some odd feeding on the surface. The big trout were smashing what looked at first glance like baby snakes. It was not constant. I dismissed it and later caught a decent brown and it regurgitated this. I have seen these in the past but have never seen trout feed on them. They signify a healthy stream. They are American brook lamprey, I believe. They are not a parasite like their relatives. They feed on tiny things on the bottom. Their mouth is not developed enough to attach to a host. They have a very short window for breeding. They are native species and an imperiled species. They obviously are tasty to big trout.

Len Harris
Richland Center

DNR fisheries biologist Karl Scheidegger replies: Yes, there are three nonparasitic lampreys in Wisconsin – American brook lamprey, northern brook lamprey and southern brook lamprey. This appears to be an American brook lamprey. It inhabits the headwaters of cool, clear streams over sand and small gravel. It prefers small-sized streams, occasionally medium-sized rivers. Common fish associates are sculpins, brook and brown trout. It is a food for sport fishes and provides an important link in the food chain. It is sensitive to pollution, especially turbidity.

Last revised: Thursday September 12 2019