Environment

Wolf
12:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Concerns Persist About Dogs Tangling with Wolves

Bobbi Rongstad's husband Tom and dog Marley are avid grouse hunters.
Credit B Rongstad

Wisconsin’s first grey wolf hunt closed weeks before its deadline.

However, debate over a component of the new law remains fierce.

Friday a Dane County judge could rule on that contested point – the use of dogs in future hunts.

Some outdoor enthusiasts such as the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association believe using dogs to track wolves is safe and appropriate.

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Drought
2:05 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Study: Midwest Drought Onset Faster Than First Thought

Farmers in the Midwest struggled through an extended drought this season, that researchers now say came on quicker than previously thought.
Credit Scott Olson/Getty Images

New research shows how quickly and dramatically plants in Wisconsin came under stress this year. 

According to the US Department of Agriculture, the drought that has afflicted much of the United States this year has been the most severe in at least 25 years. But the federal agency wants to do more than simply report the bad news.

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Environment
1:02 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Trouble in Paradise - Town of Jackson Still Faces Uncertain Water Future

The Bishop's farm was placed within the drinking water advisory area back in July.

Five months ago Monday, a gasoline pipeline ruptured outside of West Bend and turned life in a small nearby community upside down.

More than 50,000 gallons spilled onto a farm field in the Town of Jackson, seeped underground and contaminated wells.

As the town grapples with finding a long-term solution to their water problem, WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence visited a couple anxiously hoping for light at the end of the tunnel.

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Environment
1:16 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Farm Bill Also Heads Toward a Deadline

A lot is at stake for Wisconsin farms such as this one from the fate of the Farm Bill up for renewal by Congress.
Credit chefranden photo / Flickr

As fiscal cliff negotiations continue, the Farm Bill is also set to expire at the end of 2012.

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Environment
1:31 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

A New Era on the Horizon - Hunting in Wisconsin State Parks

Act 168 will widen scope for deer hunting enthusiasts.

As 2013 begins, Wisconsin will enter a new chapter of hunting and trapping. The DNR is proposing rules regulating outdoor activities in 64 percent of state parks and trails. The Legislature approved Act 168 to boost participation in traditional outdoor sports.

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