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Weekly ODNR Report

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  1. DIVISION OF WILDLIFE
    Weekly Report
    February 10, 2005

    Division Objectives:
    Biologists have completed the 2004 black bear observation report.
    Ninety-one sightings involving an estimated 34 individual black bears
    were received in 2004. Thirteen of the estimated 34 bears were observed
    at least twice. Three nuisance bears were captured and relocated during
    2004. Bear sightings were reported in 21 Ohio counties, most occurring
    in northeastern and southeastern Ohio. Trumbull County led the state
    with 17 sightings.
    A total of 14 verified bobcat sightings were reported in 2004, including
    4 sightings by Wildlife personnel, and 8 road kills. Verified reports
    represent positive identification of the bobcat, usually as a result of
    the animal being killed on the road or incidentally trapped. Fifty-two
    unverified sightings were recorded in 2004, including first time reports
    from Butler, Huron, Mahoning, Shelby, and Warren counties. Since 1970
    there have been 84 verified reports of bobcats, an Ohio endangered
    species.
    Last weekend ice anglers were successful fishing Lake Erie west of the
    Bass Islands, around Catawba Island, off of Camp Perry, around Kelleys
    Island, and on Sandusky Bay. Many walleye were caught, but most were
    near or under the 15" minimum size limit on the main lake, with limited
    reports of yellow perch being caught on Sandusky Bay. Recent warm
    weather is expected to deteriorate ice conditions on the lake and
    anglers are urged to use caution.
    Dan Shroyer, Carroll County Wildlife Officer, will be presented the
    Wildlife Officer of the Year Award from Ohio Bowhunters Association at
    their annual banquet on Saturday.
    The long reach of the Turn-in-a-Poacher (TIP) Program was recently
    witnessed when an U.S. soldier in Iraq emailed the Division of Wildlife
    about deer poaching that was occurring on his land back home in Scioto
    County.
    Training workshops will begin in March for hunter education instructors.
    The workshops will be held at five locations across the state. Ohio
    currently has 1,700 volunteer instructors who train hunters to be safe
    and responsible in the field.
    On March 18, fisheries staff will host a "Fish School" for all division
    personnel and interested parties. The one-day workshop's theme will be
    Lake Erie walleye, how they are managed and what they mean to Ohio.
    Wildlife Management personnel gave two presentations on the success of
    barn owl management in NE Ohio last week. The presentations were given
    to members of the West Cuyahoga Audubon Society at the Rocky River
    Metropark and the Kirkland Bird Club at Cleveland Museum of Natural
    History.
    Division personnel manned a display at the Shelby County Bassmaster's
    Annual Tackle Show. Approximately 850 people visited the three day
    event, which featured tackle vendors, charter boat captains and various
    sportsmen's organizations.
    District One staff will man a display at the annual Columbus Sports,
    Vacation, and Boat Show which starts today and runs through Sunday.
    The large display will feature replicas of several state record fish,
    along with other fishing and hunting information.
     
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