MADISON - The DNR asked to block Wisconsin Chippewa tribes from starting nighttime deer hunts.
A commission that oversees Wisconsin's Chippewa tribes' off-reservation rights had quietly authorized tribal hunters to hunt deer at night across most of the northern third of Wisconsin beginning Monday.
Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission spokeswoman Sue Erickson told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview the commission issued the authorization Wednesday.
But the DNR says night deer hunting is too dangerous.
The agency asked a federal judge to block the hunt. Now, the Chippewa Commission has until November 28th to respond.
The DNR asked tribal leaders not to issue any night hunting permits until the matter is settled, but a tribal spokeswoman says night hunting is justified.
The tribes run a deer hunt from September until early January. Erickson said the commission feels night deer hunting is justified since the state allows wolf hunters to hunt at night.
WAUSAU - Students at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau got to see Tibetan monks create a work of art steeped in Buddhist history.
The Mandala Sand Art is an ancient Tantric Buddhist tradition dating back thousands of years.
The Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery are on an international tour called Mystical Arts of Tibet where they create mandalas in front of an audience.
"The colored patterns we are using, we are following the scriptures, the Buddhist scriptures. It's a very old tradition, more than 2,500 years ago," says Geshe Loden, head of the Mystical Arts of Tibet.
The monks' last visit to Northcentral Technical College in 2011 was so popular, they were invited back.
"At NTC we feel like it's important to offer our students a variety of different programming, and one of the things we feel our responsibility to do is expose our students to other cultures, other religions, other ideas," says Director of Student Development Shawn Sullivan.
The monks work hours at a time placing sand delicately in the lines of the intricate pattern.
The mandala will take them four days to complete, but the beautiful creation won't last long.
"After finishing this, making the mandala, we consecrate this completed mandala, and we dismantle it to symbolize the impermanence of all the conditioned things, all the phenomena," says Loden.
The monks' tour raises money for more than 3,000 monasteries in India. They also do it to raise awareness about the plight of Tibetans.
"Lord Buddha had started this, and that tradition keeps going on."
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