Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

  • Agency: Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
  • Address: 512 SE 25th Ave, Pratt, 67124 KS
  • Chief:
Phone: (620) 672-5911

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks is located at 512 SE 25th Ave, Pratt, 67124 KS. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks phone number is (620) 672-5911.

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks News

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The trout season opens Thursday, November 1, and trout are being stocked statewide, except for three waters in southwest Kansas that won't get stocked until next week. Read more: https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/Trout-Season-Opens-November-1-at-Most-Trout-Waters/Trout-Season-Opens-November-1-at-Most-Trout-Waters

The sandhill crane migration is in full swing and is a spectacle to see: https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/Celebration-of-Cranes/Quivira-National-Wildlife-Refuge-To-Host-Celebration-of-Cranes-Nov.-3

For Halloween, and the last day of #BatWeek, let's scare up some common bat myths. No tricks here, just #BatFacts as treats! Happy Halloween! #BeABatHero

Here’s a #BatFact to share with friends on this fine #TacoTuesday: Bats pollinate many plants, including 🥑 trees. That means guacamole is made possible by, you guessed it – 🦇🦇🦇! Enjoy this scary-good guac recipe from our friends at BatWeek.org. #BatFacts #BatWeek #BeABatHero

Clark State Fishing Lake Update: The lake level has dropped 37 inches since the first gates were opened. The 24-inch gate will be opened on Wednesday, Oct. 31 to ensure the target water level is reached in time for spillway repair to begin in December. Stay tuned for more updates.

Check out this awesome 360-degree photo captured at Wilson Lake! Thanks, Sam, for sharing with us. #KsStateParks

Did you just gain a bat as a roommate? Try these “exclusion” methods (methods that prevent entry or reentry) to get it safely out of your home. Be sure to check around your home annually for small holes and crevices that bats, and other animals, could enter through. Then, board up or fill in the holes and crevices to prevent entry. For other tips, visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Services/Wildlife-Damage-Control/Bats-in-Houses or http://www.batcon.org/resources/for-specific-issues/bats-in-buildings. #BatFacts #BatWeek #BeABatHero NOTE: Should a person or pet come into contact with a bat inside the home, please call the KDHE Epidemiology Hotline at (877) 427-7317.

Fall can be the best time of the year to fish in Kansas. Read more here: https://www.travelks.com/blog/post/easily-caught-fish-uncrowded-waters-welcome-to-kansas-fall-angling/

Channel catfish update: Fall harvest is underway at the Farlington Fish Hatchery! These 4-6” fingerlings will be sent to the Milford Fish Hatchery and stocked late next summer as 8-12” intermediates. #FishKS

BATS EAT HOW MUCH?! A mother bat can eat anywhere from one-half to her entire body weight in insects per day! That’s the equivalent of a 100 lb. person eating 50 to 100 lbs. of food! (The average human eats 3 to 5 lbs. of food per day.) #BatFacts #BatWeek #BeABatHero Shutterstock/buddhawut photo

Have you ever wondered what our biologists and ecologists jobs entail? We bet you didn’t guess this. Here, staff are seen swabbing bats in an effort to detect the fungus that causes White-nose Syndrome. This type of research work is done between late February and late April, when bats are least active. #BatFacts #BatWeek #BeABatHero

White-nose Syndrome (confirmed in KS) is a disease that causes infected bats to prematurely wake up during hibernation, putting them at risk of freezing and starving to death. In the last 8 years, more than 6 million bats in the US and Canada have died from it. View a time-lapsed map of the spread of this disease via the link below. #BatFacts #BatWeek #BeABatHero https://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/spreadmap

Much like birds benefit from bird houses, bats can benefit from bat houses! But just any design won’t do. Check out plans for “single chamber” bat houses and others below, and consider building one today. #BatFacts #BatWeek #BeABatHero http://www.batcon.org/files/BCI_Single_Chamber_Bat_House_Plans-3.pdf http://batweek.org/wp-content/uploads/BCI-Bat-House-Builders-Handbook.pdf

A new program we've been working on, "Adaptive Sportsmen of Kansas (ASK)," will make getting into the field a little easier for those with disabilities. (And did we mention these bad boys will be outfitted with firearm and fishing rod holders?!) Thanks KSN for helping spread the word! https://ksoutdoors.com/Outdoor-Activities/Track-Chairs-ASK-Program

A whopping 387 kids (from 51 different communities) attended the 13th Annual Northcentral Kansas "Outdoor Youth Fair" this year. While they learned about hunting and fishing, the kids also got to experience rope making, canoeing, astronomy, mountain biking, dog training, tomahawk throwing, and even taste some wild game meat! Way to #PassItOn!

It’s Bat Week, fellow humans! That means for seven days, we’re getting batty! Did you know that bats are the only mammals with “true” flight? And, that a bat’s wing resembles a human hand (just a little modified). Check it out! #BatFacts #BatWeek #BeABatHero Shutterstock/ANP photo

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Shark week, schmark week. BAT WEEK (Oct. 24-31) starts in 3... 2...

Check out how we're partnering with PSU! The students gain valuable experience, while the scientific community gains valuable data – and it's all for our winged friend, the bat.

Visit Kanopolis State Park Oct. 27-28 to experience the sounds, sights and smells of an era long gone... The Prairie Long Rifles are holding their 39th annual mountain man fall rendezvous! More here: https://www.travelks.com/blog/post/experiencing-the-early-1800s-at-kanopolis-state-park/

5,000 walleye, anyone?! #KansasWalleyeInitiative #ChristmasCameEarly #FishKS

Southeast KS anglers: The newest Pittsburg District Fisheries Newsletter is out now! From black bass sampling results and info on gizzard shad in Neosho, to a "hello" from your new district fisheries biologist, you won't want to miss this issue. https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Past-Newsletters

The Cheney Lake Shooting Range will be temporarily closed 10/12/18–10/14/18 due to flooding. Here are some pics of the area currently.

Do you have a project in mind that could benefit native non-game species or one that focuses on wildlife diversity? Consider applying for one of our Chickadee Checkoff small grants and bring your idea to life! Proposals will be accepted until Nov. 15, 2018. More here: https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/News/Weekly-News/Chickadee-Checkoff-Small-Grants-10-9-18/Chickadee-Checkoff-Small-Grants-Proposals-Due-November-15