Wisconsin Sturgeon Management Plan Available for Public Comment
Contact(s): Ryan Koenigs, fisheries biologist, 920-303-5450, Ryan.Koenigs@wisconsin.gov
This sturgeon was captured and released as part of a sturgeon assessment of the lower Wisconsin River.Photo credit: DNR
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Sturgeon Management Plan will be available for public comment starting on Oct. 14, and the department will host a public meeting to discuss the plan in Green Bay on Oct. 16 from 6-8 p.m.
The meeting will also be webcast through the DNR Mediasite at dnr.wi.gov, search “sturgeon management.” The public can attend the meeting in person or tune in online to learn more about the management plan. Stakeholders who choose to watch the meeting live via Mediasite will have an opportunity to ask questions to be answered during the comment period.
The DNR will be accepting public comments from Oct. 14 to Nov. 4. Comments can be submitted at the meeting or via email to DNRSturgeonPlan@wisconsin.gov.
“Wisconsin waters are home to some of the strongest populations of lake sturgeon and shovelnose sturgeon in North America,” said Ryan Koenigs, who chairs the DNR Sturgeon Team. “Effective management of these species is critical to sustaining populations and maintaining harvest opportunities into the future.”
Both sturgeon species support unique recreational harvest opportunities, and a commercial fishery persists on the Mississippi River for shovelnose sturgeon. Lake sturgeon management activities are currently guided by a Lake Sturgeon Management Plan that was produced in 2000. Many of the objectives of this plan have since been accomplished, and there is not a plan in place to guide the management of Wisconsin’s shovelnose sturgeon populations and fisheries. The updated plan will guide future management activities of Wisconsin’s unique sturgeon resources.
The Green Bay meeting will be held at the Green Bay DNR Service Center, Lake Michigan Room, 2984 Shawano Ave., Green Bay, WI 54313-6727.
DNR Warns of Hunting License Scam as Multiple Hunting Seasons Commence
Contact(s): Kimberly Currie, DNR director of customer and outreach services, 608-267-7799, Kimberly.firstname.lastname@example.org
To avoid license scams, hunters should purchase their license online through the Go Wild system, at DNR serivce centers, or at license sales agents.Photo credit: DNR
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is once again urging the hunting public to beware of fraudulent online license scams leaving purchasers with an empty wallet and no valid license in sight.
The DNR is aware of at least two websites claiming to offer Wisconsin hunting licenses. After paying a fee, consumers only receive information on how to apply for a license. These sites also collect sensitive personal data as part of their unauthorized transactions.
“You will not receive a valid hunting license from these misleading websites,” said DNR director of customer and outreach services Kimberly Currie. “Don’t fall for imposters. There is only one official online site that sells Wisconsin hunting licenses, and that is our GoWild site.”
Hunters can securely purchase a valid hunting license for the state of Wisconsin in one of three ways:
- From the department’s only official online license sales site, GoWild,
- Through an independent license sales agent authorized by DNR, such as a local sporting goods store, hardware store or large discount stores that use the GoWild point of sale terminal, or
- At a DNR Service Center.
The Wisconsin DNR values users’ online safety and provides links from its homepage to a secure online purchasing site. The DNR also provides information about where to purchase licenses in person, links to free copies of Wisconsin regulations, and helpful tutorials on the DNR website under Licenses & Regulations.
Anyone who thinks they may have already been scammed by one of these sites can file a complaint with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection by calling their hotline at 1-800-422-7128 or email email@example.com.