DNR Looks to Decide Next StepSubmitted: 04/10/2013
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RHINELANDER - The DNR released their results from the state-wide voting on nearly 100 different issues.

One of the major issues, the question of weather or not to allow trolling state - wide with each angler allowed to have 3 lines...

The question was rejected in overall votes by over 280 votes. However 44 counties approved the measure, compared to 27 rejecting it. Marinette county had a tie.

In the Northwoods, folks in Oneida, Lincoln, and Vilas counties rejected the measure. It was approved in Clark, Taylor, and Langlade counties.

This was considered an advisory vote for the DNR. Now game and wildlife officials will spend time studying the results.

Marisa Silvas takes a look at how the DNR Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings allowed Northwoodsers a chance to get involved in making an impact on rules for hunting and fishing.

Everyone wants their voice to be heard. Luckily in Wisconsin, residents have the chance to speak up in their communities.

The DNR and Conservation Congress annual spring hearings were held on Monday.

SOT - Tim Ebert (DNR Warden) "This is an opportunity for people from all walks of life," says DNR Warden Tim Ebert. "(They come) from all parts of the state to show up in the county of which they life, and let their opinions be known to the department."

All 72 counties in the state debated and voted on hunting and fishing rule changes. Onieda County's meeting brought out about 90 concerned sportsmen.

"There's always some stuff that comes out that maybe you didn't think of before," adds Ryan Jirik of Rhinelander. "So it's neat to sit here and see what's proposed."

Jeremy Holtz (DNR - Wildlife Biologist) "People come to me and say, who made this law? Well, the citizens did," says DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz. "And if you don't participate in the process, you don't get a chance to learn about it,and you don't get a chance to have your voice heard."

There were 99 questions on the ballot. The topic that garnered the most attention, the controversial rule to allow motor trolling statewide. Even though there were varying opinions, everyone was happy to have the chance to express their thoughts.

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MAUSTON - Authorities are investigating the death of a person who was found unresponsive in Decorah Lake early Friday.

Kyle Lynch, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources warden for Juneau County, says he was called to the scene to assist in a boat search about 1:30 a.m. He also says the Mauston Fire Department recovered the body, which was found in the water.

The Mauston Police Department says attempts were made to rescue the individual, but the Juneau County Coroner's Office pronounced the individual dead at the scene. Police have provided few other details, and the victim's name has not been released.

Mauston is about 70 miles northwest of Madison.

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WAUSAU - This has been Wisconsin's deadliest gun-deer season in the past five years, with two shooting fatalities already recorded.

Daily Herald Media reports (http://wdhne.ws/1HvNth3 ) that the two fatalities brought to an end a three-year series of seasons that had been free of firearm deaths. Four other hunters also have been wounded.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, hunters violated some of the fundamental rules of gun safety in all the incidents.

A man was killed last Sunday in Columbia County when he was shot while passing a loaded rifle to a companion in a tree stand. Wearing mittens, she grabbed the gun near the trigger and it went off. On Monday, a hunter in Waushara County was killed by a stray bullet.

The nine-day season runs through Sunday.

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MOUNT HOREB - A southern Wisconsin school district has cancelled plans for elementary school students to read a children's book about a transgender girl after a group threatened to sue.

The Capital Times reports (http://bit.ly/1TadnaG ) that the Mount Horeb Area School District released a statement saying it won't proceed with its planned reading of "I Am Jazz."

Parents were told last week that Mount Horeb Primary Center students would read the book because one student identifies as a girl but was born with male anatomy.

A Florida-based group, the Liberty Counsel, threatened to sue, saying concerned parents had reached out and that reading the book would violate parental rights.

The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies the Liberty Counsel as a hate group that advocates for "anti-LGBT discrimination, under the guise of religious liberty."

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APPLETON - The U.S. Marshals Service says a convicted sex offender who was wanted for violating the terms of his release has been arrested in Appleton.

The agency says 63-year-old L.C. Streeter, of Milwaukee, was previously convicted of four separate sexual assaults from 1976 to 1985. Wisconsin committed him as a sexually violent person in 1996, and he remained in treatment until his release in 2013 under intensive supervision.

The service said in a statement that he cut off his GPS and electronic monitoring bracelets and fled supervision on Monday, resulting in a warrant for his arrest. Federal marshals and Appleton police arrested him without incident in Appleton on Friday.

Kevin Carr, the U.S. marshal for eastern Wisconsin, says Streeter was "an absolute danger to the community based upon his past convictions."

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TOMAH - The Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center says it has adopted another plan to improve patient care.

The La Crosse Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1QMsDMZ) that Friday's release of the "100-day plan" comes almost 11 months after media reports that veterans at the center were prescribed excessive doses of opioid pain-killers and that employees who spoke out faced retaliation from top officials.

The plan, which follows a 30-day plan announced in May, outlines steps for improving access to care, employee engagement and restoring trust.

Among other things, it calls for recruitment of psychiatric staff, employee forums and listening sessions, and opening an employee wellness center.

Several Tomah VA officials including former Director Mario Desanctis and former Chief of Staff David Houlihan have been fired since the problems emerged early this year.

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But not everyone plays by the rules.

Every year, wildlife officers work hard to catch deer poachers.

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