A new Topeka attraction and a Missouri wildlife center are among those leading the vote for a prestigious national tourism award.
Tuttle Creek State Park staff and local experts will host a free, public afternoon trapping and predator-calling workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at the park office, 5800 A River Pond Road in Manhattan.
Pre-registration isn’t required to attend.
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You may remember a brief note in my column last week about a rare badger spotted by Mike and Karen Lietz near Meriden. This week, their daughter-in-law, Debby, submitted several photos to corroborate the story.
Mike Lietz, an old friend of my family, said he had noticed an unusual critter roaming about in his brome field near N.W. 82nd and Topeka Boulevard for several evenings and decided to investigate.
He said the creature would show up around 6 p.m. every evening and had short, stubby legs. Finally, he and his wife decided to get in the truck and go check it out. When they arrived, they found out it was actually a badger.
Josh Rouse is an outdoor enthusiast from Topeka, Kansas. He is the Outdoors Editor for The Topeka Capital-Journal.