DNR officials have confirmed that the hide is not from the black bear that had been roaming southern Indiana
Among the lakes receiving funding are Lake Lemon and Lake Monroe.
The DNR says deer-vehicle collisions across Indiana numbered more than 14,000 last year, down nearly 9 percent from 2015.
A 14-year-old Pike County boy and a 7-year-old Posey County girl have died within the past three weeks in separate crashes.
The Department of Natural Resources says the emerald ash borer has been found in at least one tree in each of the state’s 92 counties.
There are now five bald eagle nests in Bartholomew County. Their numbers are increasing across the state while moving closer to urban areas.
Among the biggest trees in Indiana is a 155-foot-tall hickory bitternut in Perry County.
This bear is only the second wild black bear confirmed in Indiana since the 1870s.
The Department of Natural Resources says the Nongame Wildlife Fund's donations fell more than 60 percent last year.
With the addition of the three properties, the Hoosier state now has 277 state-designated sites protected by the Nature Preserves Act of 1967.