Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Ruffed Grouse survey shows declineSubmitted: 06/22/2018
Ryan Sandberg
Ryan Sandberg
Meteorologist/News Producer
rsandberg@wjfw.com

Ruffed Grouse survey shows decline
ONEIDA COUNTY -
Ruffed grouse appear to be less active this spring compared to last year.

Recent surveys showed drumming activity was down 34 percent across the state.


It's down 38 percent in the northern forest region.

The grouse population was expected to continue increasing over the next several years.

"The drumming counts obviously have already been done. Here in Oneida County, we're almost half of what we were last year," said DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz.

A decline in those spring survey numbers is not normal with a typical population cycle. But Holtz says that doesn't give a clear answer to how the population is doing.

"It's important to remember that the drumming count is an index of the non-breeding segment of the population. So, it'd be like going to a football game and counting the guys there and figuring out how many people are in the school," said Holtz.

The DNR expects to have a better understanding of how the population is doing later this summer.


Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

STROUD, OK - A man from Merrill died in a traffic crash in Oklahoma this week.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol confirmed Brandon Polacek, 20, was killed in a crash between a construction truck and a semi around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday near Stroud, which is between Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

+ Read More

RHINELANDER - Four part or fulltime city administrators made their way in and out of Rhinelander during the last three years.
Unexpected firings and resignations left some people wondering if anyone will come and stay.

Rhinelander could get a new city administrator by Friday afternoon. Rhinelander City Council President George Kirby hopes to find someone who will stick around. Someone who's got the talents of an HR Person, somebody that can help us with our budget process and help us with economic development," said Kirby.

The council thought they found that in past candidates but administrator Ashley Aschenbrenner was fired after only one year in 2016. Then in April, Interim administrator Keith Kost resigned just two months before his contract ended. This hiring round, the council started with 39 applicants and is now down to just three.

Current East Peoria, Illinois City Administrator Jeff Eder plans on having a long term career with the city and is not fazed by the positions' past switch ups.

"In order for the city to really succeed you need to elect officials to provide that overriding vision so we all work towards that vision," said Eder.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - A group of local veterans want to see some changes by Veterans Day.

The flagpole at the Forest Home Cemetery in Rhinelander is surrounded by a fence, trees, and a road which doesn't leave much room for the Honor Guard to preform ceremonies on Veterans Day or Memorial Day.

Quarter Master VFW Post 3143 Ralph Larson isn't happy with the placement or look of the 28-year-old flagpole.

"I'm very disappointed with the City of Rhinelander," said Larson. "It's back here in the corner and nobody can see it."

He believes that's why only a handful of people ever attend the veteran ceremonies.

"Its three to five [people]. I think the highest we ever had is ten," said Larson.

VFW Commander James Pederson says around 60 people attend Newbold's veteran ceremonies even though Rhinelander has a larger population.

+ Read More

WAUSAU - Wausau police want to find the driver who severely injured someone in a hit and run Thursday.  WPD reports a car hit a person crossing at North 1st Avenue and Knox Street, not far from the Wisconsin River on the city's northwest side, around 12:30 p.m.

Witnesses described the vehicle as a small black car with only the driver inside.  Debris found at the scene matched a 2012-2014 Ford Focus.  The car's passenger-side headlight and windshield were both damaged.

+ Read More

MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has attended a White House ceremony with President Donald Trump and members of his Cabinet focused on bolstering American workers including at the planned Foxconn Technology Group project in Wisconsin.

Walker was among many other elected officials, business leaders and others who were at the event Thursday.

+ Read More

MINOCQUA - Starting a new health routine can be intimidating, but easing into the process can do the trick.

Just as balance is key in yoga, it is important to have in your lifestyle, too.

That's a mindset that Laurel Parins lives by.

"Whether that is a twenty minute walk, a class here at the studio… that will make you happier when you're not restricting yourself," says Parins.

+ Read More

Play Video

MOLE LAKE - Step inside an old building on the shores of Mole Lake and it might look brand new, but Arlyn Ackley knows the truth: this shack had seen better days.

"There was trees growing out of the roof," Ackley recalled.  "There was nothing on the inside, it had been vandalized."

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 





Click Here