Wildlife Management Institute

FWS Withdraws Proposal to List Wolverines Under ESA
Monday, 18 August 2014 11:42

image of wolverine, Credit: guppiecat, Flickr

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe announced on August 12 that the agency was withdrawing a proposal to list wolverines as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), according to the Wildlife Management Institute. Agency leadership determined that the effects of climate change were uncertain on the species at this time and therefore did not warrant federal listing. However, the decision countered recommendations by agency biologists and conclusions of an expert panel of biologists convened in April.

Arizona's Hunting & Angling Heritage Working Group
Monday, 18 August 2014 11:14

Over the past several years, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) has been working with resident sporting groups and other interested organizations to take an innovative and proactive approach to combating the decline in hunter and angler participation. Through the Hunting and Angling Heritage Working Group (HAHWG), the AGFD has organized the leadership of various, sometimes diverse, user groups into a cohesive program of outdoor activities, particularly aimed at youth and other potential new hunters and anglers. The Wildlife Management Institute participated in this year’s HAHWG annual retreat where every year, new and different ideas are brought forth and debated by the group.

Conservation Briefs
Monday, 18 August 2014 11:01

Conservation Briefs is a compilation of short news stories of interest to Outdoor News Bulletin readers. The stories cover a number of issues that have developed in the past month or provide updates on issues that were featured in previous ONB editions. Each story includes links to online resources for more details on each topic.

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Job Opportunities
Monday, 18 August 2014 10:52

Periodically the Outdoor News Bulletin will include job opportunities for projects that the Wildlife Management Institute is coordinating or supporting.

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USGS Finds Neoicotinoids Widespread in Midwest Streams
Monday, 18 August 2014 11:28

image of honeybee, Credit: Robert Schillinger, FlickrNew research from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) found that insecticides known as neonicotinoids were found commonly in streams throughout the Midwest, reports the Wildlife Management Institute. The group of chemicals has increasingly come under fire in recent years as research begins to show impacts to species outside of the target insects. Recent studies suggest that neonicotinoid residues are found in the pollen and nectar of treated plants resulting in the death or impairment of the pollinators that consume it. In addition, a study from the Netherlands that was published on July 17 in Nature notes the potentially related declines in some insectivorous birds.

GEMS Shine in Northern Michigan
Monday, 18 August 2014 11:20

image of mentored youth hunt, Credit: Dave Kenyon, Michigan DNR

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently launched a new program that is helping the Wildlife Management Institute advance its Upper Great Lakes Young Forest Initiative. The program, called Grouse Enhanced Management Systems (GEMS), currently has seven units in the state’s Upper Peninsula and the northern part of the Lower Peninsula, with at least three more units planned over the next two years. The first GEMS site will be dedicated on Drummond Island in Chippewa County at the eastern end of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on September 4.

Cooperative Research Unit Corner: "CSI" River Otters in Pennsylvania
Monday, 18 August 2014 10:23

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image of river otter, Credit: Hal Korber, Pennsylvania Game Commission

The restoration of Pennsylvania’s river-otter, Lontra canadensis, population has been, by all accounts, a great success, and a study being conducted by researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences through the Pennsylvania Cooperative Research Unit will soon quantify the accomplishment by yielding population information. The two-year research project based in the Poconos region involves collecting otter scat at hundreds of waterside locations, called latrines, in Monroe, Wayne, Carbon, Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, and subjecting it to DNA analysis to identify different animals. Data from those collections will be fed into a computer population model to calculate otter numbers.