JANUARY 22, 2011 | SHOW #604
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Do you have confidence in the new leadership of the Wisconsin DNR?
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Do you approve of Wisconsin DNR secretary Cathy Stepp’s picks for division managers?
MADISON – Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp announced that six long-time DNR employees are among seven appointments to her senior management team.
“I believe in this agency,” Stepp said. “We have the best and the brightest in state government right here. There is strength in picking leaders from within with knowledge of the agency and established respect by both employees and externals. I am proud of the strong team we’ve assembled,” she said.
Stepp announced that former DNR Deputy Secretary Al Shea, 57, will play a major role in her administration. “Al Shea will be in a newly created position as the fourth member of the Secretary's Office. He will be taking the agency lead on business support, organizational effectiveness and sustainability.” She noted more information on this new role will be forthcoming.
Stepp named the following to head up DNR’s six divisions:
The six administrators will be starting their new positions over the next two weeks. Earlier this month, Stepp announced her choice for Deputy Secretary, Waukesha Attorney Matt Moroney, and for Executive Assistant, Scott Gunderson, 16-year 83rd Assembly District Representative. All appointees will receive the same salary as their predecessors.
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WISCONSIN HUNTING & FISHING SEASONS
DNR deer research effort to begin in Shawano and Rusk county areas
MADISON – Citizens within roughly 30 miles of Clintonville in Shawano, Waupaca and Outagamie counties and parts of Menominee County and in the area of Park Falls, Exeland and Winter in Price, Rusk and Sawyer counties soon may witness something never seen before in Wisconsin; a low-flying helicopter ranging through the skies with a live deer slung underneath. The event is the first stage of a multi-year effort by wildlife researchers to follow and document the causes of death in bucks, does and fawns due to predators, hunters, vehicles and natural events.
Flights are expected to take place beginning Jan. 21 in the Shawano County area and Jan 28 in the Rusk County area. Operations in each area are expected to last 4 to 5 days and will take place on public and privately owned lands in cooperation with landowners who are assisting the researchers.
Researchers will capture 60–90 adult deer each in the Shawano and Rusk County areas with nets from a helicopter, transport each deer to a processing area where scientists, biologists and volunteers will weigh, sex, age, take blood samples, install radio transmitters and ear tags, assess body condition and perform ultrasounds, and release the deer.
Radio transmitters will allow deer to be monitored until the deer dies. Bucks will be monitored mainly for cause of death.
Does will be monitored for cause of death and whether or not they deliver fawns.
Flights will take place during late January/early February in 2011 through 2014. Deer will also be captured with box traps and netted cage traps set out on cooperating landowner properties and monitored by field staff and volunteers.
During mid-May through mid-June of 2011 and 2012, scientists, biologists and volunteers will capture and put radio collars
on 40 fawns each in the Shawano and Rusk County areas and subsequently monitor each fawn for cause of death during their first year until the radio collar falls off as it is designed to do as the animal approaches its first birthday.
“Critical to the success of this effort are landowners in the study areas willing to allow us to capture deer on their properties and volunteers to help us process deer and monitor them through the seasons,” said Chris Jacques, DNR research scientist and lead researcher for this project.
Volunteers may sign up online.
“This is a multi year effort and we will need volunteers throughout the project,” adds Jacques. “This is an opportunity to literally do hands-on research with deer. It’s a real boots on the ground effort. Volunteers are needed to accompany biologists and assist in processing captured deer and in monitoring survival and movements of marked deer. We’re telling folks that we’d like at least a full day of their time each time they participate on deer capture events. You’ll probably come home cold, tired and dirty but you’ll be making a real contribution to our knowledge of white-tails in Wisconsin and helping to support science-based wildlife management.”
Research partners include the
Department of Natural Resources