DAILY WISCONSIN

Ecology

How much water, for whom?

At virtually the same time wealthy potato growers hosted a fundraiser for Governor Scott Walker, Portage County Executive Patty Drier was calling for better stewardship of groundwater. In her state of the county address, Drier noted the impact of both municipal and agricultural high-capacity wells on water supplies. It was a remarkable speech, one of…

DNR wolf-cull target dips below scientifically recommended level

As hunters prepare for Wisconsin’s wolf hunt, some scientists are warning that a proposal to sharply cull the population could destabilize it — just two years after wolves were removed from the federal endangered list. At issue is a plan, favored by some members of a reconstituted state Department of Natural Resources committee, to maintain…

State released hundreds of thousands of trout afflicted with virus

“It’s a big unknown,” said Susan Marcquenski, a fish health specialist for the state Department of Natural Resources. “There’s very little information about the effect of the virus on cool-water species.” Despite the uncertainty, state authorities confirm that they released 270,000 brown trout this year from hatcheries where fish tested positive for the cutthroat trout…

Hundreds of wolves dead since hunt

It’s not just licensed hunters: The final numbers show hunters and trappers killed 117 wolves statewide, one more than the DNR’s quota of 116. Wydeven said that besides the 117 wolves killed legally during the hunting season, 123 additional wolves were also killed — hit by vehicles, killed by government agents as part of depredation…