Minnesota’s wild elk population has risen slightly to an estimated 131 animals in three herds that roam the northwest corner of the state.
Since 1960, it’s been an unstoppable population shift, and a new study from the Center for Rural Policy and Development shows a 50-year migration from rural Minnesota to the urban corridor stretching from St. Cloud through the Twin Cities and Rochester.
Now that the weather’s getting nice, Minnesota’s most common pest is popping out. The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District said over the Memorial Day weekend there was an explosion in the mosquito population.
While fisheries managers try to figure out how to restore the struggling walleye population on Mille Lacs Lake, they’re encouraging anglers to consider what had been unthinkable for many: eat bass instead.
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.
Feeling a bit more crowded around town? That’s because more people are calling Minnesota home. A new estimate released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau shows the state’s population is still climbing.
An environmental group said Wednesday that many home gardeners may be unknowingly hurting the bee population, as the insects’ numbers continue to decline. Bees pollinate many fruits and vegetables, including apples, strawberries, blueberries and cucumbers. The Pesticide Action Network along with a well-known University of Minnesota bee researcher said a study found that garden supply stores including Home Depot and Lowe’s are selling plants that are treated with pesticides that kill bees.
Despite all the hoopla surrounding Aug. 1, when gay marriage becomes legal in Minnesota, we wondered: How many gay couples are here? Until 2000, the US Census Bureau didn’t even count same sex couples. Now, the government reports more gay households than ever before, including Minnesota.
Despite a record late ice-out, spring waterfowl surveys show that Minnesota’s breeding duck population has improved from last year. The Department of Natural Resources estimates the state’s breeding duck population at 683,000 compared with 469,000 last year.
New census figures show that minorities are driving the modest increase in Minnesota’s population. Between 2010 and 2012, Minnesota’s minority population grew by about 6 percent — faster than the population as a whole.
Scientists are trying to figure out why the moose population in Minnesota has gone down as much as 65 percent. The answers aren’t good news.
The Minnesota DNR captured 49 moose calves and fitted them with GPS transmitter collars. Days after finishing their work, 22 of the newborn moose had already died.
Minnesota’s homeless youth population is growing. On any given night, 2,500 young people spend the night on couches, car backseats, or worst of all, at city parks across the Metro. More than 10,000 Minnesotans younger than 18 will experience homelessness in some form this year.
A new survey by Gallup says that an estimated 3.9 percent of Minnesotans identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
The stretch of the Mississippi River that flows through the Twin Cities area is in better shape than it was 40 years ago, but a new report warns of some emerging threats.
The mosquito season is in full swing.
The warm weather and lack of snow are having a positive effect on Minnesota’s deer population.
Wildlife managers say Minnesota’s moose population continues to decline, and that’s going to affect their decision on a moose hunting season this fall.
Recent snowfall in northeastern Minnesota is letting researchers finally get going on their annual aerial survey of the region’s struggling moose population.
In a packed state capitol hearing room, Minnesota lawmakers are refining something that hasn’t been done in 40 years.
Fewer deer were harvested in the 2011 hunting season.
Minnesota is the unofficial Norwegian capital of the United States: More Norwegians live in Minnesota than in any other state. So on the eve of the visit of Norway’s king and queen, it seems appropriate to ask: How Norwegian are we?
U.S. Census Bureau figures released Thursday show fewer people are moving to Minnesota.
Pheasant hunters will have fewer birds this year because of last year’s harsh weather.
A survey by the Department of Natural Resources shows the number of breeding ducks and geese in Minnesota is significantly higher than last year.