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Bobcats and snowshoe hares in the spotlight, Dec. 3

MARQUETTE — An excellent opportunity to learn more about populations and habitat of bobcats and snowshoe hares is set for Dec. 3, continuing the DNR’s successful “Wildlife Through Forestry” forums.
“This is another offering in our exciting series which explores the connections between forests and wildlife,” said DNR service forester Gary Willis. “Since 2017, all these events in this series have provided great chances to get together to have fun and to learn something new at the same time.”
The free “Snowshoe Hare and Bobcat – Populations and Habitat” forum, open to the public, is from 5:30-9 p.m. EST at the River Rock Lanes and Banquet Center, 1011 North Road, in Ishpeming.
Those arriving an hour early can meet with resource professionals to discuss management of their forest and wildlife resources.
The featured speakers will be Gary Roloff, professor of wildlife biology at the Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Chris Jacques, a professor and researcher at Western Illinois University, and Eric Clark, lead biologist for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
Roloff directs the Applied Forest and Wildlife Ecology Lab at MSU. He is one of the leading authorities on snowshoe hare populations and habitat in the Lake States, while Jacques has done extensive research on bobcat and predator-prey interactions. Clark will discuss the importance of snowshoe hare to the Soo tribe and the use of high-tech tools to conserve the species in Michigan.

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