Local Students Win DNR Poster Contests for 'Keep Wildlife Wild' Published on 04/02/2024 under News
Students from northern Wisconsin claimed two winning spots in a DNR poster contest.

Each spring, the DNR and their partners take part in in the Keep Wildlife Wild program. Established in 2014, the outreach includes information on the natural behavior of animals, tips on how to determine if an animal is truly orphaned, and what to do if a wild animal actually needs help.

As part of the outreach, the DNR hosts a poster contest each spring for upper elementary students. This year's theme was 'safe in their home.' Most of the winning entries featured young animals in their native habitat.

Among fourth graders, Delaney Darton of Eagle River drew a young deer fawn and was the winning entry. And in the sixth grade contest, it was Paige Rife of Mosinee and her sketch of a young rabbit. The fifth grade winner came from Belle Manula of Sheboygen.

Keep Wildlife Wild takes place in April as it is the time when many newborn animals are observed. In most cases, officials note that these animals should be left alone. We'll have a bit more on the campaign in the coming days.

(Clockwise from top right: 4th grade winner Delaney Darton of Eagle River; 5th grade winner Belle Manula of Sheboygen; and 6th grade winner Paige Rife of Mosinee)

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