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State Outdoors News: Turnout good for DNR public forum on deer management

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says there was a great turn-out for yesterday's public chat on deer implementations.

Coordinator for the DNR’s deer trustee Eric Lobner says topics from crossbows to antlerless deer hunting was discussed in the latest series of scheduled chats with the public. The trustee’s recommendation for a state-wide ban on feeding and baiting deer was also a hot topic – Lobner says it is an issue the state legislature will have to address. The next chat is scheduled for July 24. Transcripts of today’s chat is available on DNR’s website or the Facebook page ( 


The DNR wants to know what people think about moving the location of a future campground at Buckhorn State Park near Necedah in Juneau County. Officials say the location that’s spelled out in the park’s master plan is no longer conducive to quality camping, because oak wilt is killing trees at that spot. Instead, the DNR wants to locate the campground closer to the Castle Rock Flowage on the Wisconsin River. It has a healthy mix hardwood trees and evergreen canopy cover. The new facility would have 60 campsites, showers, and a playground. The DNR is taking public comments through July 10th on the proposed move.


State officials say a virus might have caused hundreds of carp to die in two lakes in southern Wisconsin. The fish started turning up dead in mid-June at Ludden Lake near Mineral Point in Iowa County, and at the Marshall Millpond in Marshall in eastern Dane County. D-N-R fisheries’ supervisor David Rowe said hundreds of carp died in both waters. He said the fish were probably infected with the “koi herpes” virus during spawning – and a secondary bacterial infection may have killed them. The fish are being tested as a state lab, and the results are pending. Rowe is not sure how the virus entered the waters. He advised those cleaning up the dead fish to use gloves and shovels. 


State officials say endangered lizards could be killed by a proposed installation of fiber-optic phone cables – but it would not threaten the state’s population as a whole. The DNR is taking public comments through July 12th on a permit request for the Marquette-Adams Telephone Co-op. It wants to install 36 miles of fiber-optic cables in Adams County. The DNR says slender glass lizards live in the area, and the project could kill some of them. Officials say the impact should be minimal, and an environmental monitor would move as many lizards out of the way just before construction equipment moves in.