Department Of Natural Resources
Now that one of the worst winters in decades is over, the Department of Natural Resources wants to remind us that summer awaits in Minnesota’s State Parks.
After the long, cold, snowy winter it would be hard to blame anyone for avoiding weekend chores and picking up a fishing pole, and that’s what thousands of eager Minnesota anglers did on Saturday. The annual trout fishing season got underway Saturday under cloudy, yet mild conditions.
While it may appear to be a postcard perfect morning in the woods just north of McGregor, Minn. the long, tough winter has taken a toll on woods and the state’s whitetail deer. “There’s over three-feet of snow still in the woods,” volunteer Dan Guida said.
The troublesome fish currently known as Asian carp may get a new name in Minnesota over concern that the current one casts people from Asian cultures in a negative light.
Wildlife managers have scheduled a public meeting in northwestern Minnesota to discuss an upcoming revision to the state’s elk management plan.
Regulators say they won’t extend the 90-day comment period for the environmental review for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine beyond March 13.
A couple of bald eagles are sitting on eggs in a Twin Cities nest and you can watch it all happen from your computer.
Snowy owls are showing up in large numbers this winter, frequenting areas far from their normal arctic habitat. On a light pole in Ramsey Monday sat a snowy that has become somewhat of a star, posing for all kinds of incredible nature photographs.
Wildlife managers have estimated Minnesota’s moose population at 4,350. While that’s higher than last winter’s figure, they say there’s been no significant change in the population trend. Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager for the DNR, says the new estimate is very close to 2012′s estimate of 4,230.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources plans to hold two public meetings this month on how best to manage deer populations in southeastern Minnesota.
Minnesota state parks officials say their efforts to connect people with the outdoors are paying off in permit sales and visits.
Researchers plan to collar 52 adult moose in northeastern Minnesota starting this week in the second year of a high-tech study to determine why the iconic species is disappearing from the state. The radio collars use GPS to transmit alerts when a moose dies.
Fisheries officials say walleye anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will likely see regulations similar to last year despite its struggling walleye population. The Department of Natural Resources says the safe harvest level has been set at 60,000 pounds for the upcoming season.
United States Steel Corp. has now received the state permits it needs to expand its Minntac mine at Mountain Iron but is waiting on one remaining federal permit.
Minnesota wildlife managers say fewer wolves are being shot or trapped for predator control.