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Families of fallen officers could continue to receive health insurance

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — While serving as a conservation officer for 30 years, Sen. Michael Crider saw friends die in the line of duty and immediately wondered what would happen to their families. “Early in my career, a DNR officer died in a plane crash at 27,” Crider said to the Interim Study […]

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Activists rally to protect old growth forests

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hundreds of Hoosiers wearing green and carrying signs with sayings like “Let the forest be forest” rallied at the Statehouse in support of protecting old growth trees. Participants at Monday’s Stand Up for Your Forests rally ranged from preschoolers to Sen. Mark Stoops, D-Bloomington. They advocated for Senate Bill 420, […]

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Eagle Creek Park considering hosting fall managed hunt

By Jackson Hughes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— As hunting season approaches, Eagle Creek Park officials in Indianapolis are considering a second controlled hunt to regulate the rising deer population. Indy Parks implemented a long-term plan known as the White-tailed Deer Management Plan for Eagle Creek Park, provided by U.S. Department of Agriculture. The goal there is to reduce […]

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Black bear spotted in Indiana

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– For the first time in 140 years a black bear has been confirmed inside the border of the state. Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists confirmed on Friday the presence of a wild black bear in northern Indiana and said the bear had moseyed its way in from Michigan. The DNR […]

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Early treatments seem to be keeping invasive plant at bay

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS —The Department of Natural Resources is testing out an herbicide treatment in LaGrange County in an attempt to stop an invasive plant that can ruin a boating or fishing trip. Most natural lakes in Indiana have Eurasian watermilfoil. It starts growing early in the season and often starves native species forming […]

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New law: Budget authorizes new state park lodge

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Potato Creek could be the first Indiana State Park in nearly 80 years to get a new inn. Gov. Mike Pence has proposed building a $25 million lodge to be called the Bicentennial Inn at the property in North Liberty. It will be named for Indiana’s 200th birthday coming […]

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Free fishing, programs available this weekend

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State officials are trying to get Hoosiers hooked on fishing. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will hold free-fishing weekend June 6 and 7 with many programs and locations to go fishing. Clint Kowalik, coordinator of the GoFishIN in the City program said, “It’s a good chance for the […]

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State appeals fenced hunting case; Zoeller appeals for legislative action

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The attorney general has asked the Indiana Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that says the state can’t regulate fenced deer hunting under current law. But Republican Greg Zoeller said his first choice is for lawmakers to step in and resolve a long-running dispute over whether the operations are […]

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DNR stocked a record number of fish in 2014

By Adam Lee                                                                                                         […]

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House sends fenced hunting bill to Senate

By Aubrey Helms & Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House passed a controversial bill Tuesday that will legalize and regulate fenced deer hunting preserves, despite concern among opponents that hunting captive animals is unethical. House Bill 1453 now moves to the Senate. The bill’s author, Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, called the proposal “common […]

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