STATE NEWS ROUNDUP: No Asian carp found from a river that flows into Lake Michigan
New test results show no evidence of the invasive Asian carp from a river that flows into Lake Michigan. The U-S Fish-and-Wildlife Service said yesterday it found no genetic material from the bloated carp in about 200 water samples from the Kalamazoo River in Lower Michigan. The agency is monitoring numerous Great Lakes tributaries for signs of the Asian carp. Michigan’s D-N-R says several tributaries in that state are being tested, and the results will come out before the end of the year. Michigan and Wisconsin are among the states trying to keep the Asian carp out of Lake Michigan. They fear that the carp will eat food for native fish, and ruin the lake’s multi-billion-dollar commercial fishing industry. Meanwhile, the Minnesota D-N-R reports that a dead Asian carp was found on the Mississippi River near Winona. That’s about 20 miles upstream from the previous northern-most siting of the fish.
If last year’s wolf hunt was meant to make people more tolerant of the animals, it didn’t work. That’s what U-W Madison researchers learned, when they studied people’s perception of grey wolves. Back in 2009, just over half of those surveyed in northern and central Wisconsin said they would be more tolerant of wolves if people could hunt them, and reduce their numbers. This year, only 36-percent said a hunt makes people more tolerant of the wolves, which exceeded quotas after the state re-introduced them in the 1970’s. The governor and Legislature rapidly approved a wolf hunt soon after the animal was taken off the federal endangered species’ list. Lawmakers said it would reduce tensions over the wolves, and reduce the damage they cause to crops and farm animals. This spring, the D-N-R estimated the wolf population at up to 831 animals. That was after 117 of them were hunted between last October and December.
A woman died and another person was injured in a two-vehicle crash on the Highway 29 expressway in Shawano County. It happened around 2:30 yesterday afternoon. Authorities said a Tigerton woman turned left onto the expressway from County Trunk “J,” and was hit by an eastbound vehicle also driven by a Tigerton woman. The first driver was later pronounced dead at a hospital. The surviving driver was hospitalized. Her condition was not disclosed. Shawano County authorities continue to investigate. Meanwhile, a man was killed in Kenosha County when his S-U-V left a wet pavement and struck a utility pole. It happened late yesterday morning on a town road in Somers. The names of both fatal victims were not immediately released.
Almost 450 electric customers were still in the dark this morning, after Wednesday night’s thunderstorms in northeast Wisconsin. Over 24-thousand customers lost their electricity at the height of the storms. Alliant Energy said 330 customers in Menominee County were still without power as of 4:30 this morning – and about 80 in Shawano County were still out. We Energies had a dozen outages this morning near Clintonville. Wisconsin Public Service says all its customers are back on. One person died in the storms. Menominee tribal member Marlo King was killed when a tree fell onto the car she was driving on Highway 47 in Keshena. The National Weather Service inspected parts of Shawano County yesterday to see if a tornado landed there. There’s no final word on that yet. About a dozen homes were damaged in the Bonduel area, and lightning started a nursing home fire in which 13 residents were moved to another facility. The storms were caused by a passing cold front which also brought heavy rains to southern Wisconsin yesterday. Parts of the south have dense fog advisories this morning. When that clears, a sunny day is in store statewide with highs of around 80. A chance of rain returns during the weekend, along with warmer temperatures that could hit 90 again on Monday.
A 20-year-old man who drowned in a Madison lake was just about to start his first classes at the U-W. The victim was identified yesterday as Richard De la Cruz of Wauwatosa. Preliminary autopsy results show that he accidentally drowned while swimming with friends in Lake Mendota on Wednesday. Students tried saving De la Cruz soon after he struggled and went under. Rescuers pulled his body from the water over three-and-a-half hours later. De la Cruz had just transferred from Marquette, and was about to start his first semester at U-W Madison. Dean-of-Students Lori Berquam issued a statement that extended thoughts-and-prayers to De la Cruz’s relatives and friends.
The pros won’t be the only football players performing at Lambeau Field tonight. Members of the Waukesha Youth Football League will show off their talents at halftime of the Green Bay Packers’ exhibition game against Seattle. The youth teams will also be on the field for the national anthem, as part of the Packers’ recognition of U-S-A Football Month. The team donated over three-thousand tickets to youth football leagues throughout Wisconsin for the Pack’s two home exhibitions.