Updated: 08/18/2014 6:21 PM
Created: 08/18/2014 6:14 PM WDIO.com
ANTIGO, Wis. (AP) - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials are searching for whoever is shooting federally protected raptors in Wisconsin.
A spokeswoman for the service's Midwest region tells (Wisconsin Rapids) Daily Tribune Media at least one osprey and one barred owl were shot in Bayfield County in recent weeks. Both species are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
She says the adult male osprey was shot in the wing and was eventually euthanized.
Raptor Education Group director Marge Gibson says an osprey chick jumped from a nest into traffic and died. The mother's body was later found decomposing nearby. Gibson says orphaned chicks' options are to starve in the nest or jump.
She says people usually shoot osprey because they think birds are eating fish that people otherwise would catch.
Information from: Daily Tribune Media, http://www.wisconsinrapidstribune.com
(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Licenses, Deer Population Down for Wisconsin Deer Opener
The Wisconsin firearm deer hunting tradition got off to a safe start as Department of Natural Resources officials said they had received no reports of accidental shootings or other injuries by mid-afternoon Sunday on the opener of the state's nine-day gun deer hunt.
Northlanders Give Back in Preparation for Holiday Season
Northlanders gave back on Saturday in preparation for the holiday season. It was Family Volunteer Day at the Duluth Library, and folks participated in several friendly projects.
"By Us, For Us" Meeting to Discuss Vision for Equity in Duluth
Duluth's Native and African heritage communities came together on Saturday to share experiences and ideas at the 1st United Methodist Church. The meeting called "By Us, For Us" invited people of color, African Americans and Native Americans to come together to break bread and learn about each other culturally.
MNsure Enrollments, Renewals Approach 8,000
Minnesota's health insurance exchange says it has enrolled nearly 8,000 Minnesotans in health plans in the first week of open enrollment this fall. The deadline for enrolling in coverage that takes effect Jan. 1 is Dec. 15.
Wisconsin Gun Deer Hunt Begins
The season opened as the sun rose Saturday and will run through Nov. 30. Forecasts for opening weekend called for freezing rain and fog with highs ranging from the upper 30s to the low 40s both days.