DNR

Pandemic Boredom Brings Michiganders Outdoors, But Is It Sustainable?

Apr 14, 2021
Fishing
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Hunting and fishing have trended up during the pandemic, but what happens next remains in flux.

Cougar walking over fallen tree
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

More than a 100 years ago, native cougars, or mountain lions, disappeared from Michigan.

Since then, the big cats have occasionally been spotted by residents as they wander in from states like the Dakotas.


White-Throated Sparrow
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During the pandemic, Michiganders have turned to new hobbies to keep themselves busy, like birdwatching.

According to USA Today, Google searches for “birds” reached an all-time high in the U.S. in early May and searches for “the best binoculars for birdwatching” increased 550%.


cougar
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

State officials say the 40th cougar report in Michigan since 2008 has been confirmed.

WKAR File Photo

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is taking public comments on proposed changes in its inventory of forest roads.

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Registration has opened for the winter "Becoming an Outdoors Woman" program in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has approved plans to expand the Petersburg State Game Area in southeastern Michigan.

Whitetail deer photo
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Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials plan to present recommendations to a state commission on how to stop the spread of a deadly disease among deer.

An angler speaks with a DNR creel clerk.
Courtesy / Michigan DNR

If you like to fish in Michigan’s lakes, you could be a help to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. WKAR’s Katie Cook reports.

 


New Class of DNR Recruits Graduates Thursday

Dec 20, 2017
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

On Thursday afternoon, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources graduates 22 new conservation officers. 


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