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Nov 1, 2019
  • Wildlife
The Illinois Feral Swine Damage Management Program – What is the Current Feral Swine Population Status in our State?
By Brad Wilson

An invasive species, feral swine, also known as wild hogs, can cause damage to diverse resources wherever they are found. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources team up to manage feral swine populations in Illinois.

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Nov 1, 2019
  • Wildlife
Of Bats and Etymology
By Patty Gillespie

From just a scientific name and a bit of etymological knowledge, we can garner much about the nature of a creature.

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Nov 1, 2019
  • Research
  • Wildlife
Dispersal Behavior Among White-tailed Deer in Central and Northern Illinois
By Charles Nixon

A common belief among deer hunters is that deer remain within a mile or two of their birth area throughout their life. Tagging studies in east-central (Piatt County) and northern (DeKalb County) Illinois have, however, shown that for many deer this is not the case.

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Nov 1, 2019
  • Recreation
  • Wildlife
2019–2020 Waterfowl Hunting Overview and Outlook
By Dan Holm, Randy Smith

Gearing-up for the upcoming waterfowl hunting season? Check out the insights gathered on habitat and populations of Canada, snow, and white-fronted geese along with ducks by IDNR Division of Wildlife Resources Waterfowl Project Manager Dan Holm and IDNR Division of Wildlife Resources Wetland Wildlife Program Manager Randy Smith.

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Nov 1, 2019
  • Wildlife
Black Bears: Rare Visitors in Illinois
By Laura Kammin

How popular would it be if black bears once again made their home in Illinois? That’s an issue that wildlife biologists are getting out in front of because, after more than a century of being gone from the landscape, black bears are becoming very rare visitors in Illinois.

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A message from Director Chris Young

Welcome to the November 1, 2019 edition of the online magazine OutdoorIllinois Wildlife Journal, featuring timely, seasonally based stories about the Prairie State’s wildlife resources.

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