Eagle and wolf among 29 species off the DNR's endangered list

The DNR says that this guy is no longer endangered in Minnesota.
The DNR says that this guy is no longer endangered in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today released an update to its list of at-risk species for the first time since 1996. Those 17 years have yielded good news: The DNR has opted to no longer classify a full 29 species, including the bald eagle and the gray wolf, as endangered.

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The list, which was established in 1984, consists of three rungs, and both the eagle and the wolf skipped the middle step -- threatened -- entirely. As of today, they're both classified as species of special concern, the lowest ranking. So are the moose and the Canada lynx, which appear on the list this year for the first time.

While the new list doesn't add any mammals to the endangered category, seven species of birds are now included in that most-at-risk category, as is a type of venomous rattlesnake.

In all, 180 species of plants and animals that appear in one of the categories in the new list for the first time.

In February, the DNR began a review of the list that included five public hearings, an 86-day comment period, and input from a judge. The process looked at 302 species.

Check out the full list here.

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