From the Chesterton Tribune:
Keystone Hatcheries—a division of Robinson Wholesale Inc. of Illinois—has been sentenced in federal court to make $35,000 restitution to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and pay a $40,000 fine, after pleading guilty to an indictment charging the firm with selling, or intending to sell, live fish in the State of Indiana, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.
via Illinois hatchery fined in federal court for selling fish here without DNR permit.
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is quickly becoming the most concerning exotic pest in the state. The tiny insect is killing ash trees across the state and is spreading like wildfire due primarily to people transporting firewood.
Here is a story from WRTV in Indianapolis on the problem:
Ash Borer Crisis Causes Widespread Damage – Indiana News Story – WRTV Indianapolis.
DNR Firewood Policies from WildIndiana.com
EAB in Indiana
EAB Indiana distribution map from Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Two important hearings being conducted by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:
The Natural Resources Commission will conduct two public hearings on proposed changes to deer hunting rules. The components of the proposed deer rules changes include modifications to the season structure, bag limits, hunting equipment, and licensing requirements.
The proposed rule language and fact sheet can be found at: www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/2362.htm. Individuals can provide comments at one of the public hearings scheduled as follows:
Monday, July 25
Spring Mill Inn
Spring Mill State Park
3333 St. Rd. 60 East
Mitchell, IN 47446
6 p.m. (EDT)
Tuesday, July 26
Miami County Fairgrounds
1029 W. 200 N.
Peru, IN 46970
6 p.m. (EDT)
Submit comments regarding these proposed changes to the NRC at http://www.IN.gov/nrc/2377.htm by clicking on “Comment on Proposed Rule” next to the “Deer Amendments.” The deadline for submitting comments is Wednesday, July 27.
Comments can also be mailed to:
Natural Resources Commission
Indiana Government Center North
100 North Senate Ave., Room N501
Indianapolis, IN 46204
All comments sent to the NRC regarding these proposed rule changes will be provided to its members and DNR staff, and will be publicly disclosed and searchable on the Internet and in a paper docket as part of the final report.
An Indiana man and two others have been indicted on federal charges of illegal shipment of live alligator gar to Japan. The shipment is the result of the latest Japanese crazy for “monster fish” for enormous display aquariums in offices and homes.
Loren Willis, 62, of Eminence Ind. along with two accomplices caught the fish in Texas and were shipping them to Japan when the shipment was intercepted by U.S Fish and Wildlife Service agents. According to press reports, an 8-foot alligator gar can go for $40,000 in Japan. The arrests were made due to the fact that the men didn’t have proper permits and licenses for the live-gar business.
Alligator gars are the largest exclusively-freshwater fish in America.
Indictments accuse 3 of taking alligator gar fish out of Trinity | Houston & Texas News | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle.
On Monday, the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission voted unanimously to approve a sandhill crane hunting season in the commonwealth.
This would be the first sandhill hunting opportunity east of the Mississippi river.
Read more about the controversy surrounding the (then proposed) season here.
Story Link: State agency approves sandhill crane hunt | The Courier-Journal | courier-journal.com.
Photo: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service