Michigan DNR introduces app to report fish, wildlife observations

App will help gather information about populations

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A new application from the Michigan DNR allows users to report wildlife observations.

A new application from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources allows users to report fish and wildlife observations.

Eyes in the Field has forms to report diseased wildlife, tagged fish, mammals such as cougars and feral swine, fish such as sturgeon, birds such as wild turkeys, and reptiles and amphibians such as eastern massasauga rattlesnakes, the DNR said.

Users select an observation point on a map and submit details about the sighting, such as habitat type and appearance of the animal. Photos, videos and audio can also be submitted.

“Observation is a key part of managing Michigan’s diverse natural resources, and we rely on the public as additional eyes in the field to help in our monitoring efforts,” said Tom Weston, the DNR’s chief technology officer.

The application replaces 15 separate observation forms. It can be accessed here.

The DNR said that the Report All Poaching hotline should still be used to report poaching. The number, which now accepts text messages, is for reporting violations of fish and game laws, as well as other natural resource-related laws. Call 800-292-7800 to report violations.

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