DNR officials say the islands in Meeker County’s Pigeon Lake have been closed due to discovery of a disease in double-crested cormorants.
In a clear, blue autumn sky, hundreds of American white pelicans soar in a circulating pattern above the Mississippi River flyway. The majestic birds with the eight-foot wingspan are slowly meandering their way along the annual fall migration to the Gulf of Mexico.
The Department of Natural Resources say they have confirmed the presence of adult zebra mussels for the first time in a Bemidji-area lake. Officials say they were found on one of Cass Lake’s most popular beaches.
State officials say they’ve confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in a west metro lake connected to Lake Minnetonka, which has been infested with the invasive species for years.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is holding a land auction on Oct. 9. The DNR says plans to offer 30 parcels, all located in northern Minnesota. The parcels range in size from a half acre to 102 acres and offer opportunities for hunting and recreation, as well as cabin and residential development along prime lakeshore.
Officials have confirmed the presence of the invasive spiny waterflea in another popular lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The Department of Natural Resources says Basswood Lake near Ely will be added to the list of infested waters, as well as three downstream lakes and two connected rivers.
The Department of Natural Resources put a trophy-size rack of antlers on display at their offices in St. Paul on Tuesday, but they’re not exactly happy about it.
Disappointing news on Christmas Lake in Shorewood, Minn. won’t stop efforts to stop the spread of zebra mussels. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed the presence of the destructive mussels on Monday. The invasive aquatic species was discovered at the public boat launch.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of an invasive aquatic species in another metro lake. Staff from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District discovered eight zebra mussels on Christmas Lake in Shorewood, which is just south of Lake Minnetonka.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has decided against opening more of Minnesota’s scientific and natural areas to hunting and trapping. The agency announced Tuesday that it won’t loosen hunting restrictions in 10 of the 159 areas, which are known as SNAs. The areas are protected because they contain rare native plants and undisturbed shorelines.
You’ll be able to pay more for a new critical habitat license plate in Minnesota. The money raised will go to help pay for research into why our moose population is declining.
The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Department of Natural Resources will release an eagle back into the wild Friday morning. According to the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe DNR, employees of the DNR found the eagle a few weeks ago on the side of Shakopee Lake Road.
Minnesota has hundreds of bee species. And now, for the first time, scientists are doing a count of how many bees call our state home. The count allows scientists to study relationships between population changes and pesticide use.
The Department of Natural Resources says invasive species were reported in two Kandiyohi County lakes last month. In mid-July, the DNR confirmed that there was Eurasian watermilfoil in Games Lake, about 7 miles east of Sunburg, Minn. That confirmation came after a lakeshore owner reported the infestation to authorities.
Demonstrators gathered at the Governor’s mansion Saturday afternoon to protest a decision by the DNR to allow the expansion of a certain type of trap to public walk-in-access hunting areas. The conibear, or “body grip,” traps are used to catch bobcats and other wild animals.
Minnesota wildlife managers have announced rules for a “conservative” deer season to rebuild the whitetail population across much of the state. The Department of Natural Resources says only one deer can be harvested in 95 percent of the state, and the harvest of does will be further restricted.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to participate in a lawsuit challenging a Red River diversion project so it can be heard on arguments about state regulation. A group representing upstream townships and counties in North Dakota and Minnesota has filed a federal lawsuit that asks the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to come up with a cheaper project that doesn’t flood farmland.
One of Minnesota’s most popular fishing destinations is missing its fishermen. The DNR says June was very slow on Lake Mille Lacs, with anglers spending half the time fishing that they did the previous year.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says invasive carp have been found in the Mississippi River near Cottage Grove. The agency says commercial fishermen under contract with the DNR netted two adult invasive carp in Pool 2 Thursday.
Despite a record wettest June that kept Minnesotans hunkered down at home, state figures show that more people than ever are getting outdoors to take advantage of Minnesota’s state parks. Officials with the Department of Natural Resources credit the revenue stream from the Legacy Amendment sales tax increase.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will reopen Fort Snelling State Park after a three-week closure due to rains and flooding. The DNR will reopen the park Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. The parked closed June 22 when the main park road flooded.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne will reopen Monday after a monthlong shutdown caused by flood damage. The park in southwestern Minnesota was forced to close June 18. The campground, interpretive center, climbing area and all trails except the Mound Creek Trail will reopen Monday.
A state appeals court ruled Thursday that hunters can train dogs to chase down wolves, rejecting arguments from a group of humane societies that wildlife officials are allowing deadly wolf-dog clashes and cementing one of the most contentious elements of Wisconsin wolf hunting.
If you’re planning on hitting the water this weekend, try not to make any waves. No-wake zones remain in effect on several area lakes because of the high water. On Prior Lake, a wall of sandbags is all that stands between the lake and several neighborhoods.
It’s the first week of July, and WCCO is Goin’ To The Lake! This week, Matt Brickman and Kim Johnson headed a few hours northwest of the metro to Osakis, Minn. The town sits on Lake Osakis, and it’s in the heart of cabin country — about 10 miles east of Alexandria.