Department of Natural Resources

Lake Michigan
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State government in Michigan is stepping up efforts to boost environmental sustainability by using energy saving efforts at prisons, converting state parks and fish hatcheries to renewable energy, and taking other steps.

Whitetail deer photo
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State regulators are continuing a ban on baiting and feeding deer in Michigan's Lower Peninsula in an effort to prevent spread of chronic wasting disease.

Mackinac Bridge
Amanda Barberena / WKAR-MSU

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is requiring large vessel operators to verify they're not dragging their anchors on the bottomlands when passing through the Straits of Mackinac.

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State funding is available for local efforts to control or get rid of invasive plants in Michigan’s inland lakes.

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Officials say the moose population in Michigan's western Upper Peninsula continues to inch upward.

Female gray wolf photo
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Authorities say two men confessed to illegally killing wolves in separate poaching incidents in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

ring-necked pheasant
michigan.gov

Michigan lawmakers have agreed to spend $180,000 to buy pheasants to promote hunting.

Whitetail deer photo
pixabay

Legislation heading to Gov. Rick Snyder would prohibit the sterilization of deer but let Ann Arbor proceed with its program to control what city officials say is an overpopulation problem.

Chronic Wasting Disease deer
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State officials say deer in two additional Michigan counties are suspected of having chronic wasting disease.

Black bear in a meadow
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Bear hunting season is getting underway in Michigan.

Whitetail deer photo
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Michigan officials want Congress to approve legislation that would boost funding for fish and wildlife conservation.

Park
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The union representing Michigan state park officers says they should be allowed to have guns and bulletproof vests to handle unruly visitors.

Water Warrior Island
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Water parks are scheduled to open May 25 at three Michigan state parks.

Sackrider Hill in Jackson County
WLNS-TV Lansing (WKAR media partner)

A large white cross that's been in Jackson County for nearly 70 years has been taken down after a complaint over the religious symbol standing on state-owned land.

Japanese stiltgrass
Michigan.gov

State agencies in Michigan are inviting requests for funding of projects intended to prevent and control invasive species.

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