The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is upping the number of wolf hunting and trapping licenses available this year to 3,800, an increase of 500 from last year.Asked why, Dan Stark, a large carnivore specialist for the DNR, cites two factors -- the DNR's most recent estimate of the wolf pop ... More >>
The black bear that was apparently shot by city of Savage police more than a week ago probably won't escape his predicament alive, but at least he's taking time to travel. (Read our original post about him here.)On Sunday, the roughly 200-pound bear was spotted in Burnsville near 134th Street and Pa ... More >>
A New York Times piece published this week takes a look at rapidly declining moose populations across the country, with particular attention paid to Minnesota.SEE ALSO: Grand Rapids police chase cute black bear cub [PHOTO] Minnesota has two geographically distinct moose populations, one in the far n ... More >>
Over the past year, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers have busted a lot of hunters and anglers up to no good, and in certain cases, they've confiscated their gear.Now, those lawbreakers' mistakes can be your gain: The seized items are hitting the auction block tomorrow, ... More >>
Wanna go alligator hunting this weekend? Head on up to Goose Lake in Scandia.SEE ALSO: Schoep, the famous Lake Superior dog, dies at age 20 A few days after the DNR killed an alligator named Clyde with a shotgun blast to the head, his crocodilian friend, Bonnie, remains on the loose.
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. See Also: ... More >>
Should a bald eagle remain on Minnesota's list of species at risk from disappearing? How about the gray wolf? SEE ALSO: Wolf hunting season opposed by 80 percent of DNR survey respondents
Minnesota has seen one of the highest rates of drownings across the state in a decade, reports the Pioneer Press.At least 25 people have died of drownings not related to boating, according to data the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources collected through July 1. Eight of these deaths were in t ... More >>
Craig Staloch killed thousands of pelican chicks this May, in violation of federal law, his lawyer admitted in court Thursday. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials arrived at his Minnesota Lake farm to check on a pelican colony May 17. He called back to ask what his "options" wer ... More >>
Hope was killed by a hunter who didn't recognize her.Hope, the black bear whose live birth online captured animal lovers' hearts, has died by the hands of a Minnesota hunter. Hope, daughter of internet celebrity bear Lily, had been missing for some time, and researcher Lynn Rogers feared she migh ... More >>
WikipediaThe American White Pelican is not endangered -- unless it's on Craig Staloch's land.Craig Staloch had a bird problem. Now he has a legal problem.Staloch's facing a single misdemeanor charge of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act for his bird massacre, which left a flock-full of Ame ... More >>
Try not to kill this female, the oldest known black bear in North America.If you see a black bear with a red necklace, know two things: You are not hallucinating, and you probably shouldn't shoot it. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking bear hunters to not kill about 35 bears t ... More >>
WikipediaSilver carp: If you see this, it's already too late.The apocalypse is nearly upon us, bio-spherically speaking. The leaping, terrifying, invasive Asian Carp has reached the St. Croix River. The invasion was announced this afternoon by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which ... More >>
WikipediaAfton State Park was empty during the shutdown.Eleven people vandalized Afton State Park over the weekend, taking advantage of the empty park during the state shutdown to wreak havoc, police say.The group is alleged to have torn off the roof of a cabin, started a fire and causing u ... More >>
Image via Lily The Black Bear/FacebookSarah the research bear and her radio collarSarah the research bear had brightly-colored ribbons tied to her radio collar as she wandered the northern Minnesota woods. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources posted pictures of bears wearing collar ... More >>
The politicians from MN say the gray wolf should be removed from the federal Endangered Species List. Those pesky wolves keep attacking pets and livestock, and farmers aren't allowed to shoot them now.
Photo: ATKRSmarter than an elk?You want gangster government? Let's talk about the $37,000 hit job ordered up by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on a herd of big but maybe-not-so-dumb elk roaming the countryside Up North in Kittson County. DNR hired its hit men -- sharpshooters ... More >>
DNR vs. Minnesota Deer Hunters Association
A buck that may have had the largest set of eight-point antlers ever measured was taken illegally, authorities say.
A 52-year-old Hermantown man wasn't expecting much out of his Friday evening. Just a relaxing night hanging out in his garage with his 11 pet ducks and one goose.
An Austrian woman visiting a Wisconsin lake got quite a surprise when she saw several otters swimming near her. Before she knew it, the cute and seemingly innocent animals were attacking her.
Burnsville residents can safely leave their homes and stop looking toward the sky after the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources took out two hawks caught terrorizing one neighborhood.
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It's not just Alliant Techsystems. Hundreds of small Minnesota companies are cashing in on America's defense industry.
Jim Proctor's art isn't just engaging, it could save forests
In the rush to cash in on ethanol, the Midwest might be giving away its greatest natural resource
Fishery experts worry climate change could make lakes inhospitable to our state fish
is the MPD's psychologist using a gaydar detector on wanna-be cops?
Last month, Gary Spaulding, a veteran game warden with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, mailed an unusual letter to Floyd "Buck" Jourdain, the chairman of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa. In his missive, Spaulding explained that he had been researching the question of whether the Red Lak ... More >>
A troublesome family of synthetic chemicals called PFCs—many of them produced in Minnesota—is turning up in the bodies of people and animals worldwide. So why did the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency force its leading PFC researcher, Dr. F
February 1 marked the tenth anniversary of the coldest temperature ever recorded in Minnesota. The minus 60 degree reading (measured in the Arrowhead town of Tower) produced a weird sort of provincial glee. If memory serves, one enterprising television reporter demonstrated the extremity of the cold ... More >>
Among biologists, other scientists and anyone else who bothers to pay attention, it's no secret that plants and animals are vanishing from the earth at an appalling pace. The sixth wave of extinction, as the trend is referred to, is occurring far more rapidly than five extinction waves that preceded ... More >>
After Katrina, a rough winter lies in store for Minnesota's migratory birds
Parting shot: A retiring wildlife official laments what's become of his agency
Cormorants: From the endangered species list to the hit list
Are efforts to allay concerns over mad deer disease driven by good science or vested interests?
Many years ago, before the locks & dams were built, the Mississippi River ran wild through the heart of Minneapolis. Why not again?
Asian carp threaten the Mississippi's ecosystem and unsuspecting boaters
Back when no one believed in global climate change, local meteorologist Bruce Watson sounded the alarm. Now that everybody's predicting disaster, he's bucking the trend again.
The timber wolf, along with baby harp seals, was an environmental-movement poster child. But biologists have found wolves don't need wilderness to prosper. They need, simply, something to eat and to be more or less left alone.