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Wildflower Walk at Audubon Refuge

A Wildflower Walk will be held Wednesday, June 25, from 10 a.m. until noon at Audubon National Wildlife Refuge near Coleharbor.

A casual walk through the native grasslands will provide opportunities for viewing and identifying summer wildflower blooms. Approximately 15 species will be identified, with edible and medicinal uses discussed. Following the walk, participants may join in to complete a wildflower nature craft.

Limited spots are available; pre-registration is required by calling 442-5474, ext. 110. Participants should meet at the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, which is located 3 miles north of Coleharbor on U.S. Highway 83 and 1 mile east.

Violations up during paddlefish season

A snagging season that lasted a few more days than last year led to a slightly higher number of citations during the recent paddlefish snagging season.

From opening day May 1 until the season closed May 22, North Dakota Game and Fish Department game wardens issued a record 190 citations as part of an annual saturation effort in Williams and McKenzie counties, according to enforcement chief Robert Timian. Last year, the citation total was 177, with two warnings. In 2012, 82 citations and seven warnings were issued.

The most prevalent violation was fishing without a license, involving 36 nonresidents and 13 residents. Only 14 violations were directly related to paddlefishing.

Wardens also patrol several thousand acres of state wildlife management areas in the two counties. Altogether, 53 citations were issued for WMA rule violations, with 27 for possession of glass beverage containers. In addition, wardens also cited numerous individuals with minor in possession of alcohol, littering and possession of non-prescription drugs and/or paraphernalia.

Game and Fish pays $481,000 in property taxes

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department recently paid more than $481,000 in taxes to counties in which the department owns or leases land. The 2013 in-lieu-of-tax payments are the same as property taxes paid by private landowners.

The Game and Fish Department manages more than 200,000 acres for wildlife habitat and public hunting in 51 counties. The department does not own or manage any land in Traill or Renville counties. Wells County leads the list with $48,678. Ward County is last with $88.