Environment

In the longer term, warmer waters that come with a warming climate may make it more expensive to combat sea lampreys, longtime predators of Great Lakes fish.
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Nearly 60 years after gray wolves were considered extinct in Wisconsin, the population has rebounded dramatically. But the conservation success story has turned into a nuisance for hunters, farmers and others whose animals are increasingly encountering wolves.
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With Wisconsin's wild elk population numbering only in the hundreds, wildlife managers are keeping tabs on the threat chronic wasting disease may pose to the animal. WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses work to reintroduce elk in the state and assess its risk to CWD.
Hardly more than a century ago, deer were not to be found across broad swaths of southern and eastern parts of Wisconsin, with their dwindling ranks limited to its northern stretches after decades of mass hunts for hide and meat markets in the latter half of the 1800s.
The threat of chronic wasting disease to Wisconsin's booming whitetail deer herd is motivating efforts to track and research its spread, but this deadly ailment also imperils efforts to reintroduce wild elk to the state.
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The 2019 gun deer season marks the 18th since the discovery of chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin's herd. Four hunters explain why they do and do not get their harvest tested for CWD. Meanwhile, researchers are using a depopulated deer farm to investigate how the disease is spread.
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The American Public Health Association is calling on federal, state and local governments to halt approval of large livestock farms until more is known about their impacts to public health.
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As communities are under threat from more frequent, intense storms, a report by the nonprofit Pew Charitable Trusts found Wisconsin is among 13 cities and states that have been able to reduce their vulnerability to flooding.
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Lafayette County officials proposed a resolution threatening to prosecute journalists if they did not quote county news releases verbatim. Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council President Bill Lueders discusses freedom of the press and the Lafayette County Board's activities.
Large livestock and poultry farms generate complaints for the stenches they can produce. But do any stink more than the others?