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Wisconsin DNR and Conservation Congress seek input on fish and wildlife regulations

MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Conservation Congress are asking for input on proposed fish and wildlife regulation changes.

On Monday night, the organizations held hearings across the state. Residents from various counties were asked to share their feedback and opinions on over 80 advisory questions and proposals.

Marcell Wieloch, the Marathon County Conservation Congress Chair, said the meetings are also an opportunity for residents to introduce resolutions.

“If they think there’s something that needs to be changed, this is the place they can do it,” said Wieloch.

The advisories and proposal look at rules for hunting, fishing and trapping.

Kari Lee-Zimmerman, the DNR Liaison to the Conservation Congress, said the congress is asking some questions regarding environmental issues. One question, proposes to ban lead ammunition and fishing gear.

“Lead has some negative impact on people as well as wildlife,” Lee-Zimmerman said. “We’re trying to see if people are supportive of changing what sort of tackle and ammunition is used outdoors.”

Another question, proposed a “pay for positives” program. “Pay for positives” would give monetary rewards to hunters who harvest deer with chronic wasting disease (CWD).

“They’re having trouble getting people to report sick deer,” said Wieloch. “They’re hoping this way they get more of a response from hunters and are able to get a hand on controlling CWD.”

Numerous fishing and trapping questions were also included in the spring hearing.

If you weren’t able to make the meeting in your county, you can also go online to vote and give feedback. To use the online input option, click here.

Online input is open now through April 11th and results will be posted online once they are available.



Sarah McGrew

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