Is the bald eagle still an at-risk species? The DNR wants your take

The bald eagle would be among animals taken off the list under a new proposal.
The bald eagle would be among animals taken off the list under a new proposal.

Should a bald eagle remain on Minnesota's list of species at risk from disappearing? How about the gray wolf?

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold three public hearings this week to get input on these and 300 more proposed changes to the list, which includes species identified as endangered, threatened, or special concern.

Originally established in 1984, the list hasn't been updated since 1996. Rich Baker, endangered species coordinator for the DNR, says an enormous amount of data has been collected on Minnesota wildlife in the meantime.

"It took us a number of years just to assimilate and study and decide what actions to take on this new information," he says

Hearings will be held in Bemijdi Tuesday, Duluth Wednesday, and Plymouth Thursday. Check the DNR website for times and locations.

A few other changes to the list under consideration:

  • Moose, Big Brown Bat, and Canada Lynx to be added to the list under special concern.
  • Trumpeter Swan and Peregrine Falcon to be downgraded from threatened to special concern.
  • Loggerhead Shrike and Horned Grebe to move from threatened to endangered.
  • Hairy-necked Tiger Beetle to jump from special concern to endangered.

    Baker says updating the list is a lengthy process, but predicts the changes will go into effect by midsummer. Read the full list of 302 species here.

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