Michigan's deer season began Thursday and wildlife experts say prospects are good for an uptick in the harvest. The Michigan DNR says relatively mild winter and spring weather appears to have boosted the deer herd's health.
A new report by the Wisconsin Policy Forum says the number of deer hunting licenses sold in Wisconsin has dropped, raising concerns about funding for the state's conservation efforts. The state uses funds from license sales to support conservation work.
The U.S. Senate has approved a new policy on ships that dump ballast water in coastal ports and the Great Lakes. The EPA would continue setting rules requiring ships to treat ballast water before it's discharged. The Coast Guard would enforce them.
An environmental group has filed a lawsuit seeking to preserve federal protections for gray wolves. The suit also seeks to force the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop a national recovery plan for the species, rather than the current regional approach.
Mitchell Trubisky threw for two touchdowns, Eddie Jackson ended Aaron Rodgers' NFL-record streak without an interception and the Chicago Bears clinched the NFC North with a 24-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
Dalvin Cook had a career-high 136 yards and two touchdowns on a season-high 19 carries for Minnesota as the Vikings recommitted themselves to running the ball. They stayed in control of a spot in the playoffs with a 41-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.