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Broad cuts to EPA could hurt Lake Erie. Panel discusses potential impact

PORT CLINTON — With 30 percent of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s operating budget funded by the U.S. EPA, state EPA officials fear what might happen to Lake Erie and other parts of the Buckeye State if President Trump’s plan to gut national environmental programs ...

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License-fee dispute ousts staff at Ohio Division of Wildlife

There has been a bloodletting at the top of the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Eight senior officials, including the chief, have been removed from their posts after a bid to increase the cost of in-state hunting and fishing licenses divided the Ohio Department of Natural ...

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6 DOC officials cited for poaching Lake Erie walleye

PORT CLINTON, Ohio – Six current and former Wisconsin Department of Corrections officials were fined in Ohio this week for exceeding daily limits during a Lake Erie walleye fishing trip. The officials were among 20 Wisconsin residents cited by Ohio authorities last month for violating ...

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With poaching in the news, how does Ohio set its deer hunting limits?

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio didn’t allow open deer hunting until 1943 because deer had previously been over harvested for their hides, bones and antlers. Hunting was only offered in three counties at first, and then on and off for several decades depending on the state’s ...

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Hundreds of dead fish found in Weathersfield lake

Ohio – Neighbors around Westwood Lake in Weathersfield are wondering what is killing hundreds of fish in the lake. Dead fish have drifted into the shoreline, while others can be seen floating on the lake. A resident says he and his son starting noticing the ...

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Ohio hunters checked more than 21,000 wild turkeys during spring season

Ohio hunters checked a total of 21,015 wild turkeys during the combined 2017 spring wild turkey south zone hunting season; northeast zone hunting season; and the youth wild turkey hunting season, April 22-May 28, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). In 2016, ...

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Governor’s hunting and fishing expert resigns in dispute over fees

SANDUSKY — Mike Budzik, Gov. John Kasich’s advisor on fishing and hunting issues, has publicly resigned, complaining that the governor is no longer paying attention to him or the concerns of Ohio’s sportsmen. Budzik wrote in his resignation letter that while Kasich used to listen, ...

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Help wild animals by leaving them alone

Each spring, wildlife officers, park officials and veterinarians receive calls from people who have “rescued” a wild animal from death or injury. While living in the wild can be perilous, many concerns are misplaced and removing animals from their natural habitat can be illegal. Typical ...

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Fish kill

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tried to kill sea lampreys spawning in the Grand River recently and killed a lot of desirable fish and other fauna. Found in the wake of the poisoning treatment were at least 500 dead fish in a section of ...

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Tick, tick, tick

The menace of Lyme disease, not long ago practically zero, has increased in Ohio with the advance of deer ticks from warmer southern states into formerly inhospitable territory. Another potentially debilitating disease carried by deer ticks has emerged. The Powassan virus, first identified in the ...

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