Michigan sets bear harvest quotas
LANSING - The Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) has approved license quotas for the 2010 bear hunting season that will result in a harvest similar to last year's. In total, 11,742 licenses will be available for the season.
In the western Upper Peninsula (UP), the quota was reduced to attain a desired harvest of 10 percent fewer bears than originally proposed.
According to Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) calculations, the reduced harvest would allow the bear population in the western U.P. to expand by about four percent each year. The change was the result of public input.
The NRC also acted to form a 20-member work group to explore future regulations changes related to two specific issues; problem bears and bear management on private property.
The work group will develop its recommendations in time for action at the Dec. 9 NRC meeting.
Wisconsin conservation hearings to take place Monday
MADISON, Wis. - Spring Fish and Wildlife Rules Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress meetings will be held in each county of Wisconsin on Monday.
The meetings, which begin at 7 p.m., give the public an opportunity to weigh in on proposed rule changes and to present ideas on management of Wisconsin's fish and wildlife resources.
Individuals interested in natural resources management have an opportunity to provide their input by non-binding vote and testimony to the Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Board and the Conservation Congress.
- Florence County, Florence Natural Resource Center, 5631 Forestry Dr., Florence.
- Marinette County, Crivitz High School Auditorium, 400 South Ave., Crivitz.
-Forest County, Crandon Area School District, 9750 U.S. 8, Crandon.