Happening This Month - April 2016
Garbage is irresistible to a hungry black bear. The presence of available garbage encourages bears to change their normal movement patterns and “hang out” in non-traditional range areas. What can you do? One of the first, and most important, things to do is to stash your trash to resolve potential human-bear conflicts.
Georgia lakes, rivers and ponds are waiting and what better time to get outdoors than during National Fishing and Boating Week, June 4-12, 2016, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
Fishing together with your child can build some powerful memories, so make this a summer to remember! Don’t know how to fish? No problem. Visit one of the many upcoming kids fishing events scheduled for spring and summer!
Beginning June 1, sportsmen and women can apply electronically for quota hunts including adult/child, deer, alligator, waterfowl, dove and many others, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
Another five manatees fitted with GPS transmitters are being tracked in Georgia, the second year of a project providing insight into how these rare mammals use estuarine waters near Kings Bay submarine base and along the rest of Georgia’s coast. The health of the manatees is also being documented.
The disease that has killed some 6 million bats in North America hasn’t spared Georgia. Since white-nose syndrome was found here in 2013, the number of bats has declined sharply in caves and mines DNR surveys show.
Twelve elementary-school children have been named statewide winners in the annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest, the Department of Natural Resources and State Botanical Garden of Georgia announced today.
Two years ago, bait shops were quiet…eerily quiet. Why? Because the cricket bins were empty. That year marked one of the best fishing seasons ever on the Satilla and other South Georgia rivers. 2016 looks to rival that year for anglers seeking sunfish, so start stocking up on crickets now.
Wildlife have an inherent fear of people with no interest in coming close to us. However, animals such as deer, coyotes, bears, raccoons, foxes and skunks often get labeled as a nuisance due to their sometimes intrusive and destructive habits in suburban settings, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. Why? Because of easy access to “food.”
The loggerhead sea turtle nesting season in Georgia has started on time and, as the last two years, on Cumberland Island.
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