Aug 1, 2022
  • Aquatic Organisms
By Kathy Andrews Wright

Managing the fisheries resources in Illinois has been ongoing for 200 years, and the role of the Division of Fisheries is broad. Staff implement programs and policies to monitor management of fish populations for the protection and restoration of their habitats. Measures are implemented to control aquatic nuisance species. Diverse recreational fishing opportunities are created.

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Aug 1, 2022
  • People
  • Wildlife
By Eric Walberg, Craig Miller

Illinois is approaching the end of the twentieth year of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) management in the white-tailed deer population in the state. In addition to management, the dynamic nature of CWD in Illinois necessitates periodic surveys of deer hunters to monitor hunter perceptions and attitudes toward CWD management actions.

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Aug 1, 2022
  • Research
By Nelda A. Rivera, Nohra Mateus-Pinilla, Jan Novakofski

Reports of hemorrhagic disease in the U.S. date to the late 1800s when residents in the South described a condition affecting deer as black tongue. Read here about the viruses responsible for two of the major vector-borne viral diseases affecting domestic and wild ruminants in the U.S.

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Aug 1, 2022
  • People
  • Recreation
By Alex Davis

Taking up the sport of hunting can be a lot harder for individuals who did not grow up around it or have a place to go. This is particularly true in Illinois, where 97 percent of land is privately owned. For many hunters, even seasoned ones, finding a place to hunt has become more difficult.

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Aug 1, 2022
  • Recreation
By Luke Garver

Although the relentless heat of summer seems to be never ending, the 2022 fall turkey hunting seasons are right around the corner. County permits are available either via lottery or over-the-counter and are very abundant. There are many state sites open to the season as well.

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Welcome to the August 2022 edition of the online magazine OutdoorIllinois Journal, featuring timely, seasonally based stories about the Prairie State’s wildlife resources, with an expansion of content to include a broader range of subjects—including endangered and threatened species and Illinois’ unique, high-quality habitats and the people working to preserve, protect and manage these resources.

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Jul 9, 2022
  • Research
  • Wildlife
By Kathy Andrews Wright

Please join us for the last video in our Salamanders of Illinois video series. Listen in to our conversation with Herpetologist Andrew Kuhns as we discuss the fascinating silvery salamander. Learn more about the research process to study these Illinois-endangered salamanders.

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Jul 2, 2022
  • Research
  • Wildlife
By Kathy Andrews Wright

Please join us for our second video in the Salamanders of Illinois video series where we sit down with Laura Adamovicz, Wildlife Veterinarian with the University of Illinois Wildlife Epidemiology Lab. Learn why it is so important to monitor the health of wildlife.

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