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White-nose syndrome has spread to four additional counties from 2014 to 2015.

White-nose syndrome has spread to four additional counties from 2014 to 2015.

MADISON – Winter surveillance in 2014-15 for white-nose syndrome in bats has been completed, with 75 bat hibernacula visited for disease surveillance throughout Wisconsin.

In total, 14 sites in eight counties have been confirmed with either the disease-causing fungus or white-nose syndrome. Bats at sites in Grant, Crawford, Richland, Door and Dane county have tested positive for white-nose syndrome, while the fungus known to cause the disease has been confirmed at sites in Iowa, Dodge and Lafayette counties.

The original point of infection in Grant County has experienced an overall population reduction of 70 percent from pre-WNS estimates. At this time, this is the only affected location with a noticeable difference in population resulting from white-nose syndrome.
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Tennessee Sets Two Buck Limit

Posted May 23, 2015 By NewsEngine

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC) has voted to reduce the white-tailed buck limit for the 2015-16 seasons. Deer hunters will now be able to take a total of two bucks throughout the deer hunting seasons.

After months of discussion and consideration, the action came during the TFWC’s May meeting which concluded Friday at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Ray Bell Region III Building.

The TFWC also approved the motion to extend the season for antlerless deer in Unit L counties for five days following the conclusion of the regular deer season in January. The hunting opportunities for antlerless deer will now extend through the day before the Young Sportsman Hunt.
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The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) opened eight provisional trawl areas within state waters to commercial trawlers at 8 a.m., May 19.

These special areas typically open to the state’s commercial fleet in years when DNR biologists deem the local population of overwintering white shrimp to be large enough that limited harvest within the provisional areas will not jeopardize the potential for the next year’s white shrimp crops. White shrimp begin spawning in late April, with the bulk of the spawning occurring in mid to late May.
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