Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Paul A. Smith

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin, United States

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Recent articles by Paul:

The latest Lake Michigan assessment shows alewife remain near a record low

Bottom trawls conducted in 2019 by USGS found the third-lowest level of alewife and third-lowest level of total prey fish since 1973. → Read More

Smith: The sighting of a 'ghost bird' along the Milwaukee River is a double treat

Pileated woodpeckers are uncommon in Milwaukee County, and the coloration of this particular bird is rare. → Read More

Marcy West of La Farge named to Natural Resources Board

Gov. Tony Evers appointed Marcy West of La Farge to the Natural Resources Board. The seven-member citizen board oversees the Department of Natural Resources. → Read More

Smith: Wisconsin bald eagle recovery is impressive, but one milestone remains

Over the last 50 years, bald eagles have undergone an impressive recovery in Wisconsin, and in 2019 were observed nesting in every county but Milwaukee County. → Read More

Want to watch bald eagles in Wisconsin, or maybe even adopt a nest? Here's how.

Several Wisconsin communities host bald eagle watching events in late winter and early spring. → Read More

With bear numbers dipping in Wisconsin, the DNR cuts fall hunting quota again

With black bear numbers declining in three of four management zones, the DNR reduced the harvest quota for the 2020 Wisconsin bear hunting season. → Read More

EPA rule change removes federal protections from large swath of waters and wetlands

In a move designed to benefit business interests, the EPA on Thursday announced a rule to remove federal protections from certain waters. → Read More

The 'no-harvest' rules for Minocqua Chain walleye are likely to extend for a sixth year

Five years of prohibition on walleye harvest in the northern Wisconsin lakes have failed to restore a self-sustaining level of natural reproduction. → Read More

Smith: Unlike Packers' 'Yellow weasel' call, real weasels are actually quite formidable

Weasels are often portrayed as untrustworthy in fiction and popular culture, but in nature they are formidable predators. → Read More

Elk found dead from eating corn in northern Wisconsin

A rapid switch in diet can cause fatal rumen acidosis in elk and deer. The DNR has wildlife feeding guidelines designed to prevent such outcomes. → Read More

Smith: In a first, researchers find CWD prions in deer semen

Researchers have published a report detailing the first finding of CWD prions in deer semen. → Read More

Casey Krueger's dream of being a game warden leads to the top spot in Wisconsin DNR enforcement

Caset Krueger said he made up his mind to be a game warden during a presentation at his Antigo grade school when he was 10. → Read More

A bill that would provide needed billions for conservation has advanced through a House committee

The Recovering America's Wildlife Act would provide $1.4 billion annually to state and tribal efforts to assist animal species of concern. → Read More

Reward offered after bull elk was illegally shot in Sawyer County

The bull elk was found dead Sept. 14 on Highway 77 about 7 miles west of Clam Lake, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. → Read More

The DNR has proposed increases in chinook stocking, and there's still time to weigh in

Fisheries managers with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have proposed increases in stocking of chinook salmon for its 2020-23 Lake Michigan stocking plan. → Read More

Smith: An elk that died on a farm in Burnett County had CWD, so a feeding and baiting ban is imminent

A bull elk at an elk breeding farm in Burnett County tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to state officials. The CWD finding is the first for the county. It will trigger a deer baiting and feeding ban in at least three counties in northwestern Wisconsin. → Read More

Smith: Wisconsin's Live Release fish program is ripe for more records

Initiated in 2017, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Live Release fish record program has records entered for 12 out of the 32 possible fish species. → Read More

Lake Michigan catch featuring heavier salmon and trout

Lake Michigan catch featuring heavier salmon and trout → Read More

Smith: Wisconsin was home to at least 914 wolves last winter. How does that compare, and what's the significance?

The state had a minimum of 914 wolves last winter, indicating the population of the native carnivore may have leveled off, according to the Department of Natural Resources. → Read More

Spring turkey hunters register 38,556 birds, second lowest in 20 years

Wildlife managers say the state's turkey population is healthy and appears to be leveling out after successful reintroduction in the 1970s and subsequent statewide expansion. → Read More