Department Of Natural Resources
Minnesota wildlife managers say fewer wolves are being shot or trapped for predator control. Department of Natural Resources wolf specialist Dan Stark told a legislative hearing Tuesday the number of wolves killed because they were preying on livestock fell from 295 in 2012 to 127 last year.
Opponents of the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota charged Thursday new data show that the state’s new draft environmental review for the project underestimates how much contaminated water could flow from the mine, raising serious questions about the long-term costs of treating it.
The Department of Natural Resources issued Tuesday the beginnings of a plan to boost Mille Lacs Lake’s declining walleye population, starting with studies that could lead to tighter regulations for one of Minnesota’s most popular fisheries.
The Department of Natural Resources wasn’t taking chances when it picked a site for the first of three public forums on a proposed copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota: It booked one of the largest venues the region.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Department of Natural Resources have named a mix of local government officials, citizens and industry officials to a new 15-member silica sand advisory committee.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to make it easier for people to find a place to go hiking or hunting. So on Friday, the DNR rolled out a mobile map called the “Recreation Compass,” and it’s available for download on both phones and tablets.
The Department of Natural Resources is closing the wolf hunting season in northwestern Minnesota at the end of Friday’s hunting hours. The DNR reports that 86 wolves have been harvested so far in the northwest wolf zone, which is three wolves short of the harvest target number. The decision was made Thursday evening in anticipation of the target being met by late Friday.
There’s a moose on the loose in Iowa, and officials said they’ve been able to track its every move because of dozens of calls from curious residents spotting the creature. The state Department of Natural Resources said it’s received many calls over several weeks about a male moose making its way from northern Iowa down south.
As Minnesota’s lakes start to freeze, safety officials are warning outdoor enthusiasts to be cautious when venturing out onto any lake that’s covered or partially covered with ice, especially those with aeration systems.
One of Minnesota’s wolf hunting zones has been closed, the Department of Natural Resources says. On Monday, the DNR’s website said the northeastern wolf hunting zone is now closed. The zone’s target harvest was listed at 33 wolves; hunters have killed 31. Thirteen of those harvested were killed on the hunt’s opening weekend.
Regulators are holding a series of open houses around Minnesota to give people the chance to review and comment on a proposed statewide strategy for reducing phosphorus and nitrogen escaping into surface and groundwater.
Minnesota hunters killed around 45 wolves since the opening of its second wolf-hunting season since the animals were removed from the endangered list, the Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday.
Thousands of hunters are gearing up and getting ready to head out in the woods this weekend for the firearms deer hunting opener. More than half a million people take part in the nine-day season, and a growing number of those hunters will be women.
A 26-year-old northern Minnesota man faces a fine of almost $400 after admitting to shooting and killing a tundra swan, a federally protected bird, last month, the Department of Natural Resources says.
Wisconsin’s largest wolf-hunting zone is about to close, leaving only a single zone open just three weeks into the season.