Indiana DNR has launched a new website for public reporting of sick or dead wildlife.
The new online tool is designed to collect information about Indiana wildlife that appears sick or has died without an apparent cause. Reports are added to an active database that helps DNR track wildlife health over time and detect disease outbreaks.
The form can be found at on.IN.gov/sickwildlife.
Indiana Fish and wildlife area (FWA) hunting and trapping draws will look different this season.
FWAs will conduct draws according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. Property visitors will be required to wear a mask or face covering while inside a property office or while near other people. If you feel sick, please stay at home.
For most draws, visitors will have limited access to FWA offices. Due to the likelihood of people being asked to wait outside during the draw process, visitors should dress for the weather and be prepared for draws to take longer to conduct than in previous years.
Public seating areas will be removed to limit people congregating in certain areas. If you are participating in a draw and require seating accommodations, please bring a portable lawn chair.
If property offices are closed to public access due to coronavirus concerns, property hunting draws will still take place at FWAs according to each property's specific draw plan. Property draw plans are written based on property accommodations to ensure social distancing practices are being followed.
Property-specific information for how the draws will be conducted can be found at www.wildlife.IN.gov/10443.htm. You can also contact the property directly to find out more details. Contact information for each property can be found at on.IN.gov/dfwproperties.
By Louie Stout
The St. Joseph Valley Bassmasters announced it will not be conducting its annual youth fishing derby at Worster Lake in Potato Creek State Park.
Officials said the decision was made due to uncertainty with the corona virus.
“We hated to do it, but we felt it was the best decision given the current situation,” said club spokesman Blaine Pickavet. “We hope to resume it next year.”
The youth derby, one of the oldest in Indiana, has been held for 43 years and averaged hosting 175 youngsters a year. Winners took home bicycles, televisions, fishing gear and every kid went home with a goodie bag.