AN URGENT REQUEST
The DNR Citizens Advisory Council on Captive Cervids (CACCC), met on February 10 & 11, 2004 in Mitchell IN, to recommend a ban on the cruel and unsporting practice of "canned hunts" throughout the state.
Canned hunts violate the hunting community's standard of "fair chase" by confining animals to cages or fenced enclosures and killing them. The animals are often captive-raised and too tame to fear humans. Canned hunts create unsafe conditions for neighboring property owners who are exposed to stray bullets and property devaluation. Many wildlife experts blame game farms and canned hunts for the rise in wildlife diseases such as Chronic Wasting Disease, the cervid (deer and elk) form of mad cow disease.
The CACCC is making final recommendations to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources on captive cervids. Please ask them to recommend that canned hunts be banned in Indiana.
Please do your part and login to The Fund for Animals' Personal Action Center, where you can choose this action for your state and then print, fax, or email your state legislators: http://action.fund.org/action/login.asp
Or go directly to the alert (if you do not first login, you will not have the option of printing and mailing your letters): http://action.fund.org/action/index.asp?step=2&item=10119
WADE INTO A WETLAND WORKSHOP
Wetlands once covered 25 percent of Indiana. Draining and development have reduced marsh acreage to 4 percent of the Hoosier landscape. Far from being the wastelands they were once perceived to be, wetlands are now recognized as critical components of our natural systems and havens for wildlife.
To improve understanding of the complexity and value of wetlands, the Department of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Management and Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge are hosting a day-long wetlands workshop for educators.
Participants will receive materials and activities that they can immediately put to work with students. Biologists will lead educators on a wetland expedition — gathering samples, watching wildlife and discussing threats to Indiana's few remaining wetlands. Activities are correlated to state science standards.
OUTOOOR SKILLS CAMP DESIGNED FOR WOMEN
Online registration is underway for Indiana DNR's outdoor skills camp for women. "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW)" is a weekend-long event offering an opportunity to learn and improve outdoor skills such as canoeing, horseback riding, fly fishing, camping, bird watching, hunting, outdoor cooking, shooting and mountain biking.
The camp is scheduled for May 14-16 at Ross Camp near West Lafayette. "It's a low pressure environment, but it's intense fun. You can try new things, learn new skills and meet new friends," said Kathleen Marshall, past BOW participant. Workshop enrollment is limited. The $160 workshop fee covers lodging, meals and equipment. Some partial scholarships are available for students, single parents and low-income, first-time participants. Participants must be 18 years or older. The workshops are sponsored by the Indiana DNR, Indiana Hunter Education Association, and Galyans. For more information or to register online, visit Indiana's BOW Web site at: http://www.IN.gov/dnr/outdoorwoman/, or contact Dawn Krause at (317) 232-4095.
INDIANA WILDLIFE RESEARCH ONLINE
New reports have been posted to DNR's online wildlife and fisheries research library. The annual Raccoon Road-Kill Survey: a survey DNR biologists use to track statewide raccoon population trends. Check the 2003 methodology and see what raccoons are up to in your area.
The latest Feasibility of a Late Canada Goose Season report: first-year observations of Indiana goose populations indicate 10 Hoosier counties may e able to justify an extended Canada goose season in the near future.
Analysis of the 2001-02 Statewide Trapping Harvest Survey: nearly 50,000 Muskrats and more than 40,000 raccoons continue to account for the bulk of Indiana's fur harvest. Most of these harvested pelts were sold to local fur buyers.
2004 Classified Wildlife Habitat Program report: a county and area chart shows Marshall and Kosciusko counties lead the state in preserving private wildlife habitat through the state's wildlife habitat program.
The 2003 Indiana ring-necked pheasant survey: Indiana's ring-necked pheasant population declines again, and hovers near historic lows of early 1980s. But conservation money is available to private landowners, who control more than 95 percent of the pheasant's northwestern Indiana range.
The North American Waterfowl Management Plan Update: new Indiana land-acquisition and funding figures from North America's most ambitious wildlife conservation plan.
And the 2003 Migratory Waterfowl Banding report includes a chart of 2003 Canada goose neck collar codes.
The DNR wildlife research and fisheries report library can be found at: http://www.IN.gov/dnr/fishwild/publications/notes/notes.htm
I hope to see you out there in the woods or on the waters. Or maybe I'll see you out there camping in one of our many State Parks, State Reservoirs Areas, State Forests, or Fish & Wildlife Management Areas. Look for my little round camping trailer with the Kampfire Kookin' sign. The coffee is always hot.