RHINELANDER - Fall in northern Wisconsin means hunting season to many people. That also means you might see more injured animals around.
Kris from Rhinelander shared a photo with us on Facebook. It shows a goose living with an arrow stuck out of it.
Seeing animals like this is an unfortunate but inevitable part of hunting season.
"Naturally, as a sportsman, we want to see animals that are dispatched humanely and quickly by the hunter," says Jeremy Holtz, a wildlife biologist with the Wisconsin DNR. "So you hate to have a situation where an animal isn't immediately killed."
Kris wrote to us the goose still fly, so no one has been able to catch it and help it yet.
Holtz says not every injured animal will die, and sometimes, you can help.
"[If] someone sees an injured animal, and that animal looks like it can live with its injury, it can fly, it can move, many times those animals can get around on their own," Holtz says. "If it looks like the animal can't fly or can't walk, they could probably call a local wildlife rehabilitator."
You can call Wild Instincts in Rhinelander for help with injured animals. Their number is (715) 362-9453.
HAYWARD - Trail conditions for this year's American Birkebeiner race will be just about perfect.
Executive Director Ben Popp said there's about a six inch base, three inches of snow on top, and more snow on the way in the Hayward area.
"The energy right now is just unreal. You can feel it here in Hayward and Cable and certainly around the world. Now with a gold medal, Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall, brings more excitement to not only this event, but the sport. So it's a really great time to be a cross country skier," said Popp.
MINOCQUA - A Lakeland Union High School student could face punishment for putting a shooting threat in a bathroom last week.
According to a press release, the Minocqua Police Department believes the girl officers talked to today is likely the person who left graffiti referencing the Parkland, Florida school shooting in an LUHS girls' bathroom on Thursday.
WAUSAU - Police arrested a Florence County man in connection to a Wausau homicide case this week. Online court records show Lee Franck, 56 doesn't face homicide charges, but instead domestic abuse counts.
According to the Wausau Pilot and Review paper, the criminal complaint shows Franck got into an argument with Lyle Leith a few days before the 77-year-old was found dead at his Wausau home on Kickbusch Street.
MERRILL - Trinity Lutheran School in Merrill doesn't have room for any more kindergarten students next year.
Its class is already full, partly because some families can send their kids to Trinity for free.
For the third straight year, Trinity will participate in Wisconsin's private school choice program.
This year, the state pays tuition for about 30 of Trinity's 120 total students.
"Parents like the Christian base, obviously. That's the main reason people send [their kids] here," said School Administrator Kathy Yahr. "They're keeping them here more now because of the opportunities that we offer."
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