Minnesota Endangered Species List Part of a Larger Picture

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Carol Pruette has never seen an Indochinese tiger. Until someone mentioned the name, she’d never heard of a Ganges River dolphin.

Pruette, a resident of Marshfield, Missouri, is neither an animal expert nor a biologist so it perhaps comes as no surprise she is a not familiar with two of the many animals species considered endangered on earth.

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Conservative Deer Hunting Season for 2014

DNR Deer Hunting Zone Map 2014

A harsh winter and an abundance of hunter concerns have led Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to reduce the number of deer that will be taken this year. In some areas (like the one I hunt in) the option to buy a second tag (or bonus permit) is no longer on the table; other zones have changed from “hunter choice” (one deer of either gender) to “lottery” (random selection of doe tags for those who apply between August 1st and September 4th). The most notable change however, is the conversion of the entire northeastern part of the state to antler only (with no option, even for archers, to take antler-less).

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Free Admission to State Parks for ‘National Get Outdoors Day’

Minnesota State Parks - Free Admission

Just in time for Father’s Day weekend, the DNR is opening up Minnesota State Parks for free admission this Saturday to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day.

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Black Bear Wanders into Southern Suburb

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A wandering black bear decided to spend its Memorial Day weekend vacationing in the streets of the southern suburb Savage, disrupting holiday campers, slowing traffic and scaring elementary school children.

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Five Animals Invading the Twin Cities

A Glimpse of the Twin Cities - Fort Snelling National Cemetery - Wild Turkeys

Turkeys at Fort Snelling, taken by Bob Roth

Animal talk has been replacing temperature talk in recent weeks. With spring well underway some creatures are on the hunt for food after the tough winter; others are simply migrating through. Even bald eagles have experienced their fair share of drama this season (in one case before our eyes).

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Take a Mom Fishing Weekend

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This Sunday is Mother’s Day and the state of Minnesota has a gift for Minnesota’s Moms. On Saturday and Sunday — May 10th and 11th — it’s official ‘Take A Mom Fishing Weekend.’

But what does that mean?

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What’s in a Name? ‘Invasive’ Carp Explained

Invasive Carp Being Netted

Columbus Day hasn’t been the only thing due for a Minnesotanly-correct makeover this past week. This time it’s happening in the capitol building. On Monday John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin) netted approval from the state Senate on a measure to change the name of ‘Asian Carp’ to ‘Invasive Carp.’

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Deer Feeding Program Comes to an End

MN Deer Hunter Association - 2014 Deer feeding

The good news about this April is that it feels like April. People and animals alike are appearing outside in greater numbers; the deep freeze is over (we hope).

The DNR and its controversial deer feeding program are also adjusting for the changing season. It’s ending this Saturday. With the melting snow the deer can at last get to the vegetation and seeds they need until the fresh buds of spring are available.

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Record Breaking Fish? Or Law Breaking Fisherman? Both.

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How much would you pay for the experience of having a world record-sized fish on the other end of your ice fishing line?

$100? $1000?

On Tuesday, the Pioneer Press reported Crane Lake resident Rob Scott ended up paying $475 for that thrilling opportunity — $400 in fines, plus $75 in court costs.

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DNR’s ‘EagleCam’ is a Must See

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Reality TV is for the birds — in this case, more specifically, it’s for the Bald Eagles.

According to the Star Tribune, over 150,000 people — from all 50 states and 137 countries — have tuned into the Minnesota DNR’s ‘EagleCam.’ As of Wednesday of this week, there had been nearly half a million visits to the website to view real-time camera footage of the nearly 6-foot wide nest.

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