Michigan Department of Natural Resources

HOUGHTON, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources says moose numbers in the Western U.P. appear to be on the uptick.

Wildlife biologists estimate the number of the core population at 378 animals, up from 285 in 2015.

Surveys of moose in the Western U.P. are conducted every two years from fixed wing aircraft. But winter weather conditions prevented biologists from completing this year’s aerial survey. Researchers think if it had been finished, it would have yielded between 420 and 470 moose in the Western U.P.

HOUGHTON, MI--   A Michigan DNR officer has been honored for saving the life of a little boy on Little Day de Noc ice this past winter. 

On February 5 Conservation Officer Patrick Hartsig was notified that a 10-year-old boy with special needs had run away from his Gladstone home and was last seen crossing the bay on the ice. Hartsig launched his snowmobile near Hunter’s Point and found the boy in his stocking feet about a mile out.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   No fishing license? No problem — for this weekend, anyway.

Michigan is holding its annual "free fishing weekend" Saturday and Sunday to promote the many angling opportunities offered by the state's lakes and streams.

You'll still need to observe other fishing regulations.

The Department of Natural Resources says a number of activities have been organized around the state to celebrate the weekend.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   State officials say they're offering a free fishing weekend this month. 

The state Department of Natural Resources says anglers can fish without a license from June 10-11. However, other rules will apply. State officials will also waive the regular entry fee for vehicle access to all of Michigan's 103 state parks and recreation areas.

The state has observed free fishing weekends each year since 1986 as a way to promote the state's resources.

Michigan has more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline and 11,000 inland lakes.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources says seeing moose in the wild is exciting, but people need to keep safety in mind when stopping along roadsides.

DNR District Law Supervisor Lieutenant Pete Wright says he’s had recurring concerns reported about drivers stopping to look at moose and other wildlife.

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LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan officials are planning to expand options for pet lovers who may want to bring their favorite companions on camping trips.

Beginning this November, the state's Department of Natural Resources will open some state park cabins and lodges to people traveling with dogs or cats. Leashed pets are currently allowed in campsites, but cannot stay in state-owned facilities.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has six hatcheries where fish are reared to stock the state's waterways. The department is inviting the public to visit the facilities this summer.

Fish are stocked to restore ecosystem balance, provide diverse angling opportunities, build up depressed fish populations and return species that have disappeared from some waterways.

Fish production manager Ed Eisch says in a typical year, the DNR will stock about 26 million fish, many of which come from the hatcheries.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Crews with four Michigan research vessels are beginning annual surveys of Great Lakes fish populations. 

The Department of Natural Resources says the studies produce information for conserving and managing the lakes' fish, which support a multi-billion-dollar tourist economy.

The agency's newest research vessel is the Tanner, launched last year. Its team focuses on lake trout and walleye in Lake Huron, plus broader fisheries assessments in Saginaw Bay and the St. Marys River.

CEDARVILLE, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources is holding an open house in the Eastern U.P. next week to get public comment on an ORV trail. 

The proposed route would connect Moran, Detour, and neighboring communities. DNR officials say it would use a variety of national forest, county, and state highways and state forest roads, totaling more than 100 miles.

The public meeting will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Clark Township Hall in Cedarville. 

DELTA COUNTY, MI--   An open house and ribbon-cutting event is scheduled to celebrate recent construction projects at Fayette Historic State Park in the Upper Peninsula. 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the program will be held May 27.

The park is located south of the village of Garden in Delta County.

Improvements over the past year include construction of a boat dock at Snail Shell Harbor and a modern restroom building at the park campground.

Supervisor Randy Brown says both will improve the experience for visitors.

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