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Landowners experiencing deer damage to crops, forested land or landscaping can get help from hunters through the DNR's Hunters Helping Farmers (HHF) program.

In order to minimize such damage, the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife recommends that such landowners start a hunting program during the regular deer-hunting seasons.

Landowners and hunters interested in participating in HHF can apply now through Aug. 30 at www.wildlife.IN.gov/5452.htm.

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Indiana's breeding population of peregrine falcons remains productive, according to DNR's nongame bird biologist.

This spring the DNR banded 40 chicks, up from 32 in 2016, according to biologist Allisyn Gillet of the Division of Fish & Wildlife. Chicks were banded in East Chicago, Fort Wayne, Gary, Indianapolis, Michigan City, Petersburg, South Bend, Terre Haute and Wheatfield.

The number of falcons hatched this year in Indiana is likely even higher. Some of the known nest sites are inaccessible to biologists, and it is possible that nest sites exist that have yet to be discovered, Gillet said.

In Indiana, peregrine falcons nest in urban and industrial settings on man-made structures. At some known nest sites, biologists have built a nest box to provide the birds with additional cover. During falcon recovery efforts in the 1970s, scientists discovered that skyscrapers and other tall structures mimic the peregrine's natural cliff-side habitat.

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Dead Fish Appear at Kosciusko County Lakes

A recent rash of fish kills in several Kosciusko County lakes has residents and anglers looking for possible causes.

In most cases, DNR biologists say the causes are unknown, but the fish kills will not affect the overall health of fish populations or the quality of fishing.

Dead common carp were reported to the DNR at the Barbee lakes, Hoffman, Ridinger, Robinson and Winona lakes and Lake Wawasee. Other species died at Lake Wawasee and Syracuse Lake, including adult white bass, bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass and bullhead catfish.