Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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    August 18, 2014

    Why a mining accident in British Columbia matters to Minnesota

    The Mount Polley copper and gold mine lies at the head of the Fraser River in Cariboo, British Columbia, a mammoth sight of pits, vehicles and steel infrastructure, designed to extract precious metals from the rocks below. The project is nearly 2,000 miles and two time zones away from Minnesota. B ... More >>

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    July 25, 2014

    DNR explains why wolf hunt will expand this season

    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 >>

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    June 3, 2014

    Injured Savage bear touring the Twin Cities, spotted in Woodbury and Eagan [PHOTO]

    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 >>

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    October 15, 2013

    Moose dying in Minnesota at alarming rate; climate change cited as cause

    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 >>

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    September 27, 2013

    Guns for sale: DNR confiscated firearms auction tomorrow [PHOTOS]

    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 >>

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    August 30, 2013

    There's still an alligator on the loose in Scandia

    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.

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    August 19, 2013

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

    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 >>

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    February 4, 2013

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

    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

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    July 5, 2012

    Minnesota drownings increase this summer

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Craig Staloch killed thousands of pelican chicks

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Hope is dead, hunter confirms

    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 >>

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    September 16, 2011

    Craig Staloch, Minnesota farmer, charged in pelican massacre

    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 >>

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    August 19, 2011

    Please try not to shoot the research bears

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Asian invasion: Silver carp DNA found in St. Croix River

    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 >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Vandals set fire at abandoned Afton State Park

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Sarah the research bear killed by hunter

    Image via Lily The Black Bear/FacebookSarah the research bear and her radio collar​Sarah 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Klobuchar, Oberstar, want Gray Wolf off endangered list, back in hunters' sights

    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.

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    April 27, 2010

    Minnesota elk evade government sharpshooters

    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 >>

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    March 10, 2010
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    November 12, 2009

    DNR says buck with record rack was poached

    A buck that may have had the largest set of eight-point antlers ever measured was taken illegally, authorities say.

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    September 14, 2009

    Minn. man attacked by bobcat while hanging out with pet ducks, goose

    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.

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    August 12, 2009

    When otters attack: Austrian tourist in Wis. gets rabies shots after bites

    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.

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    July 17, 2009

    Dive-bombing hawks killed by Minn. DNR

    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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    July 1, 2009
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    March 16, 2009

    Craigslist babysitter ad murder trial starts this week

    Monday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.

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    March 5, 2009

    It's Minnesota maple syrup season

    It's March, and time to go a'syruping in Minnesota.

  • News

    July 2, 2008

    Your Friendly Neighborhood War Profiteer

    It's not just Alliant Techsystems. Hundreds of small Minnesota companies are cashing in on America's defense industry.

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    March 28, 2008
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    March 26, 2008

    Reporter's Notebook: Artist takes on destructive plant

    You don’t have to be an artist to make a statement. And, you most certainly do not have to spend your time like Jim Proctor, Artist takes on destructive plants

    Jim Proctor's art isn't just engaging, it could save forests

  • News

    July 4, 2007

    Sucked Dry

    In the rush to cash in on ethanol, the Midwest might be giving away its greatest natural resource

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2007

    Doh! A Deer!

    The Department of Natural Resources has a question: What do you think of Minnesota's population of cloven-hooved rats?

  • News

    June 6, 2007

    Never mind the recovery stories. The future may be too hot for walleye.

    Fishery experts worry climate change could make lakes inhospitable to our state fish

  • News

    September 27, 2006

    What's Your Favorite Color: Blue or Lavender?

    is the MPD's psychologist using a gaydar detector on wanna-be cops?

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2006

    Red Lake to DNR: Save a walleye, fire a game warden

    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 >>

  • News

    March 29, 2006

    When Good Science is Bad Politics

    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

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    February 3, 2006

    Our mild January: Winners and losers in the wild kingdom

    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 >>

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    October 17, 2005

    The sixth wave of extinction: the Minnesota edition

    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 >>

  • News

    October 12, 2005

    A Wing and a Scare

    After Katrina, a rough winter lies in store for Minnesota's migratory birds

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    October 12, 2005

    Decline and Fall at the DNR

    Parting shot: A retiring wildlife official laments what's become of his agency

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    April 6, 2005

    Drop the Fish or We'll Shoot

    Cormorants: From the endangered species list to the hit list

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    July 21, 2004
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    October 16, 2002

    Don't Worry, Go Hunting

    Are efforts to allay concerns over mad deer disease driven by good science or vested interests?

  • News

    October 9, 2002

    Let the River Run

    Many years ago, before the locks & dams were built, the Mississippi River ran wild through the heart of Minneapolis. Why not again?

  • Books

    August 14, 2002

    Fish in the Face

    Asian carp threaten the Mississippi's ecosystem and unsuspecting boaters

  • News

    December 8, 1999

    Hot Enough For Ya?

    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.

  • News

    October 1, 1997

    Lone Wolf No More

    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.

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    October 11, 1995