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Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

Larger channel catfish stocked for youth to catch

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is giving young anglers in eastern Nebraska an opportunity to catch some “bonus-sized” channel catfish. Game and Parks on Aug. 14 stocked catfish ranging from 2 to 10 pounds in three lakes. There were 270 stocked in Omaha’s Wehrspann Lake, 50 in Lincoln’s Bowling Lake, and 50 in Papillion’s Lake Halleck. “There are very limited numbers of fish this large that can be produced in Nebraska state fish hatcheries, not nearly …

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Lake Wanahoo PATH sites open for reservations

LINCOLN, Neb. – The PATH program mentored youth hunting sites at Lake Wanahoo now may be reserved. Lake Wanahoo, in Saunders County, has seven separate units totaling 1,067 acres available for mentored youth hunting. To locate and reserve a site, and obtain a permission slip, visit OutdoorNebraska.org/PATH/ using the Internet Explorer browser. A mentor must possess a permission slip at all times of the youth hunt. Mentors may enroll for PATH up to five times annually. PATH (Passing Along the …

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Birds of Nebraska Online provides new resource for birders in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. – A new website makes it easier for birders to learn about the birds that inhabit Nebraska. Birds of Nebraska Online, available at birdsofnebraska.org, offers information on status, distribution and temporal occurrence of 512 species that occur regularly or have been reported in Nebraska in a searchable format. Distribution maps are provided for species that occur regularly in the state. In addition, each species account includes detailed information that will be of interest to professional ornithologists and ardent …

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Nebraska classrooms encouraged to participate in Trout in the Classroom Program

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission invites the state’s second through 12th grade classrooms to participate in the Nebraska Trout in the Classroom Program. This interdisciplinary, science-based program invites classrooms and schools to explore aquatic ecosystems, life cycles, water quality and the scientific process through raising trout eggs in their classroom. Participating classrooms set up a cold-water aquarium in their classroom or school, then Game and Parks provides the rainbow trout eggs. Students care for their trout …

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Summer fun planned for Labor Day weekend at Lewis and Clark SRA

LINCOLN, Neb. – Enjoy a Labor Day weekend filled with fun outdoor activities at Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area (SRA) Sept. 1-2. Get out on the water and see the park in a different light with kayaking and a lighted hayrack ride on Sept. 1. Sept. 2’s activities include an introductory archery course, Labor Day-themed arts and crafts, a fun educational program about pollinators, and a family movie in the evening. A park permit is required of each vehicle …

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Enjoy history reenactment Aug. 25-26 at Fort Hartsuff SHP

LINCOLN, Neb. – Enjoy a weekend of history reenactment Aug. 25-26 at central Nebraska’s Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park. The weekend, themed Braves and Bluecoats: Indians and the Army on the Great Plains, will include reenactors portraying roles of the fort in the 1870s. There will be skirmishes, military drills, artillery demonstrations and cannon firing. Activities begin at 9 a.m. each day. The park is located 6 miles southeast of Burwell in Valley County. A vehicle park entry permit is …

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Memphis Lake to be drawn down to facilitate wetland restoration

LINCOLN, Neb. – Memphis Lake in Saunders County will be drawn down 2 feet beginning Aug. 15 to facilitate a wetland restoration project. Construction will begin this fall on the Memphis Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) project, which is expected to improve wildlife habitat, increase wetland management capabilities, and improve hunter access. The project should benefit many species that use the wetland, including waterfowl and shorebirds. The project will include installation of a water-control structure, which will allow the wetland …

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Mountain lion killed north of Hay Springs

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials have confirmed that a female mountain lion was killed by a landowner north of Hay Springs in Sheridan County for depredating poultry. The landowner observed the mountain lion killing his chickens, shot and killed the 10- to 12-month-old mountain lion, and immediately reported to Game and Parks in accordance with state law. Staff wildlife and law enforcement officials collected the carcass. “State law allows livestock owners to kill a mountain lion …

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Arapahoe habitat tour to focus on cover crops

LINCOLN, Neb. – The public is invited to attend a free workshop on the use of cover crops Aug. 21 in Arapahoe. Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host this habitat tour from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Ella Missing Community Center, 411 6th St. The workshop will include topics such as grazing covers, soil health and financial assistance. There also will be a producer panel and field tour. Lunch is provided. Contact Andy …

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Rockford Lake remains on health alert

LINCOLN, Neb. – Rockford Lake in Gage County remains on health alert. During water testing earlier this week, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality detected elevated toxin levels produced by blue-green algal blooms in the lake. Visitors to Rockford Lake State Recreation Area (SRA) should avoid full body contact activities such as swimming, wading, skiing, jet skiing, etc. Non-contact activities such as boating, fishing and camping are OK. Dog owners are urged to keep pets out of the water and …

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