While many North American residents see possums as overgrown rats, I argue that this opinion is an insult to these uniquely beautiful creatures. Most know the United States’ only marsupial for its ability to play dead in the presence of predators or, say, an incoming motor vehicle. However, their dramatics should not be held against them, as possums unfortunately cannot control when they play dead, as it is an involuntary stress response. Imagine if you dropped to the floor every time you had a pop quiz!
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A mysterious avian illness appears to have spread from the eastern coast of the United States to the Midwest and southern US. While there have been no cases identified in Wisconsin, the illness has continued to spread west as far as Ohio and Indiana.
The bugling calls of sandhill cranes are now common in the early spring mornings of Madison, but they have a long history that remained uncertain in Wisconsin for decades.
Shots rang out across Wisconsin on Monday, Feb. 22, as the state’s first wolf hunt in seven years took place. Packs of dogs raced across the fresh snow as hunters quickly overshot the harvest quota of 119. The hunt was closed just two days after it had begun as the DNR continued to receive reports of successful kills.
As of Thursday, 216 wolves had been killed in just three days by non-tribal members in Wisconsin’s 2021 season, surpassing the quota of 119 set by the Department of Natural Resources.
'These are our brothers': Native Americans, experts stood in opposition to efforts to rush a wolf hunting season in Wisconsin
Following the federal delisting of wolves by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Jan. 4 under the Trump Administration, Republican legislators, their rural constituents and hunting groups alike have called for the state’s first wolf hunt since 2014.