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Timber sale at Pokagon to address ash borer problem

A northern Indiana park will conduct the first logging operation in its history to remove trees devastated by the emerald ash borer.

Pokagon State Park plans to remove dead and dying ash trees from picnic areas, campgrounds and other public places this winter to ensure they don’t damage buildings or pose a risk to the public.

READ MORE:  Timber sale at Pokagon to tackle ash borer woes – 13 WTHR.

Deer hunters could be charged after bobcat kill

 Two hunters — one from Linton — may face charges of illegally killing a bobcat in southwestern Greene County near the old Hawthron coal mine property.

Joe Whitehead, 48, of Linton, and Andy Dyers, 28, of Indianapolis, both face a possible class C misdemeanor charge for the illegal harvest of a protected furbearer following an investigation by Conservation officers with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).

During the investigation, the Conservation officer determined a bobcat might have been killed and ditched on a nearby roadway.

“One of them (the hunters) came across them (a bobcat) while they were out hunting. They were deer hunting, but one of them shot a bobcat,” Indiana Conservation Officer Mike Gregg, of rural Bloomfield, told The Greene County Daily World.

READ MORE:   Greene County Daily World: Local News: Two deer hunters could be charged after bobcat kill 11/22/11.

Don’t call the DNR to ask about pig hunting

PLEASE NOTE: To view an update story on Indiana wild hogs, please visit here

After mention last week in the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Wild Bulletin, the topic of wild pig hunting is generating a huge amount of interest right now.

In looking at our own statistics here at WildIndiana.com, this pig hunting article has suddenly become the most-viewed story on the entire website.

Now the Associated Press is jumping on the bandwagon with a story that appeared in the Indianapolis Star.   In it, DNR officials are trying to discourage hunters and request that they not be bothered with questions about secret hog-hunting-hotspots:

“I can tell you from my own nearly 20 years’ experience … that providing location information is counterproductive to … control measures, and that impacted landowners are very adamant in their desires not to have the locations made known,” Steven Backs, a DNR wildlife research biologist, told The Star Press of Muncie. “For many of them, the hog hunter problem is sometimes worse than the hogs themselves.”


Hunters this week sent numerous requests to the DNR asking where they can hunt wild pigs after an agency newsletter reported on new regulations.

“The wild hog problem is being addressed directly by the impacted landowners themselves or by … working with the USDA/DNR in trapping groups of wild hogs — the most effective way to control wild hog numbers — or through landowners’ shooting wild hogs,” the agency informed hunters in a follow-up notice.

 Read more:

Indiana DNR says wild pigs nuisance, not sport | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com.

Two-day workshops on improving monarch habitats

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

The DNR’s Natural Resources Education Center is offering two chances to take part in a two-day workshop on improving monarch butterfly habitats.

The workshops will also teach participants how to do monarch-related science projects at homes, schools or parks.

Activities will include handling live monarchs and larvae, identifying monarch larvae on milkweed outside, and exploring monarch curriculum for grades K-8.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

* Describe the life cycle of an individual monarch traveling from Indiana to the mountains of Mexico then back to the United States.
* Identify the monarch life cycle stages.
* Raise healthy monarchs in a classroom or at home.
* Understand the habitat needs of monarchs and identify at least one action step to improve their yard, school or park for monarchs.
* Demonstrate the skills necessary for participation in the Monarch Larva Monitoring Program, to include milkweed identification, site selection, butterfly tagging, and data collection.

July 21, 22

Muscatatuck NWR, Seymour, IN
July 21, 9 a.m. — 4 p.m.

July 22, 9 a.m. — 3 p.m.
Registration deadline: July 11

July 27, 28
Pokagon State Park, Angola, IN
July 27, 9 a.m. — 4 p.m.

July 28, 9 a.m. — 3 p.m.
Registration deadline: July 18

A materials fee is due in advance. For Muscatatuck the fee is $30 and for Pokagon it’s $32.

To register, contact the Natural Resources Education Center at (317) 562-1338 or nrec@dnr.in.gov. For details, visit the NREC online at www.in.gov/dnr/nrec.


Photo: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Hogs going wild in Indiana

PLEASE NOTE: To view an update story on Indiana wild hogs, please visit here


After talking to friends who have done hog control hunting in Texas and Louisiana, watched television programs such as “Hogs gone wild” on the Discovery Channel and heard rumors of a growing wild hog problem in southern Indiana, we received further confirmation of the issue via the latest issue of the  Wild Bulletin email newsletter from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

The issue from Monday, July 11, discussed the regulations passed by the Indiana Natural Resources Commission last year to help prevent agricultural, livestock and environmental damage from the rapidly-breeding four-legged bulldozers.

As many people don’t happen to be on the Wild Bulletin mailing list, we will reprint the entire article below:

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Wild Bulletin:

In order to help control and reduce environmentally destructive wild hog populations in Indiana, regulations were passed by the Indiana Natural Resource Commission in November 2010. The regulations include the following:

• It is illegal for a person to import or possess a live wild hog in Indiana, except under stringent exemptions.
• Resident landowners or other individuals with written permission can take (capture or shoot) wild hogs on the landowner’s property at any time without a permit.
• The regulation removes the ability for giving economic or any other type of compensation for providing recreational opportunities to hunt wild hogs and requires captured wild hogs to be killed immediately or transported, in a container of sufficient strength preventing escape, to where they will be killed immediately.

“Wild hogs” are called many different names such as wild pigs, wild boar or feral pigs. The names all refer to non-native swine and various hybrids that have either been illegally released or were formerly domestic pigs that were allowed to become feral. They pose problems in many states, including Indiana.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services and the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH), is working with landowners impacted by wild hogs by providing technical information to control wild hog populations.

The DNR, BOAH, and USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services; however, as policy, do not provide information on where to hunt wild hogs in Indiana. This practice is part of the DNR’s cooperative work with landowners.
To help control this environmental threat, if you see feral or wild hogs, report the approximate location and number of hogs observed by contacting one of the following:

• USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services, (765) 404-0382; joe.n.caudell@aphis.usda.gov
• DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife, dfw@dnr.IN.gov
• BOAH at (877) 747-3038; animalhealth@boah.IN.gov
• Individuals observing the illegal possession, importation, or release of wild hogs should contact DNR Law Enforcement at 1-800-TIP-IDNR.

Wild hogs cause extensive damage to agricultural crops, are a source of disease for domestic livestock, and will prey on young livestock and small animals. Wild hogs may carry a number of diseases that can also infect people, and contaminate human food sources and water supplies. Wild hogs have also been known to destroyed residential lawns, landscaping, golf courses, and rural cemeteries.

Wild hogs also threaten native wildlife and their habitats.

• They eat the eggs and young of ground nesting animals, including many songbirds, quail, wild turkey, and rabbits.
• They destroy wetlands and water resources, including amphibian and reptile habitat.
• Their habit of rooting causes serious damage to habitat management practices to develop nesting cover and annual food plots.
• Their rooting and wallowing destroys native plants, flowers, and mushrooms.

A coordinated effort will help control this environmental threat.



photo: NASA