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Congresswoman McCollum Talks Lion Hunt, Biden In Presidential Race

Within hours of the news that Cecil the Lion had been killed in Zimbabwe by a Minnesota dentist, Congresswoman Betty McCollum called for a federal investigation. And an investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is also underway.

08/02/2015

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Palmer Contacts U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Zimbabwe Seeks His Extradition

For years Walter Palmer trophy hunted around the world, with few people outside his circles taking notice. But on July 1, when he shot a male lion outside a Zimbabwe National Park, he became the center of heated protest around the world.

07/31/2015

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Rep For Hunter Who Killed Lion Contacts U.S. Fish & Wildlife

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says that they have established contact with a representative the Minnesota dentist who killed a well-known lion. Bloomington dentist Walter Palmer ignited a storm of controversy by killing the prized lion Cecil in Africa earlier this month.

07/31/2015

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Politicians Speak Out On The Death Of Cecil The Lion

Politicians in Minnesota and across the country are sounding off on the death of a protected African lion at the hands of a Twin Cities dentist.

07/29/2015

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Blanding’s Turtles May Go On Federal Endangered List

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is concerned about a rare turtle that may soon find itself on the list of endangered species. The Blanding’s turtle lives in a small number of states and provinces in the Midwest, New England, and southeastern Canada.

07/06/2015

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Federal Officials Reject Wolf Petition From Advocates

Federal wildlife officials have rejected a petition from advocates who sought to reclassify gray wolves as a threatened species in most of the U.S. Gray wolves across most of the Lower 48 are classified as endangered, which is more protective than a threatened designation.

06/30/2015

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Minnesota Company To Pay $20K For Disturbing Refuge Plants

The U.S. Attorney’s office says a Hugo construction company has agreed to pay $20,000 for allegedly disturbing plants in a national wildlife refuge.

06/22/2015

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Prescribed Burn To Help Eden Prairie Wildlife Refuge

Wildfires normally aren’t good news, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service set fire to a Twin Cities wildlife refuge on purpose on Thursday. About 95 acres of prairie grass burned near Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie Thursday morning to make wildlife areas and forests better homes for animals and birds

04/23/2015

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St. Cloud Professor Accused Of Smuggling Ivory From Elephants, Rhinos

A professor at St. Cloud State University was arrested Tuesday and charged with importing and exporting ivory and rhinoceros horns. The indictment claims Professor Yiwei Zheng smuggled the specimens in and out of the U.S. between 2006 and 2011, ultimately selling many of the items to two individuals in China.

03/31/2015

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2 states, US Appealing Judge’s Ruling On Great Lakes Wolves

Michigan is joining the federal government in appealing a decision that restores legal protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region.

02/27/2015

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Feds Restore Protected Status For Great Lakes Wolves

Gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region are protected by federal law once more. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is publishing a rule Friday designating wolves in Michigan and Wisconsin as “endangered” and those in Minnesota as “threatened.”

02/20/2015

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Wolf Hunting Opponents To Gather At Minnesota Capitol

Opponents of wolf hunting gather at the Minnesota Capitol Thursday to celebrate a court decision that put the region’s wolves back on the endangered list. It’s being organized by Howling for Wolves, which opposes sport hunting and trapping of wolves.

02/05/2015

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Feds: Sampling Finds More Asian Carp DNA Near Lake Michigan

A federal report says genetic markers of Asian carp are still showing up in Chicago-area waterways, which environmentalists say highlights the continuing threat that invasive fish will reach the Great Lakes.

01/15/2015

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Wolf Hunting Banned In Minnesota

A federal judge on Friday threw out an Obama administration decision to remove gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region from the endangered species list — a decision that will ban further wolf hunting and trapping in three states. The order affects wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, where the combined population is estimated at around 3,700.

12/19/2014

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Crews Building Power Lines Near Frozen Miss. Battle Winter

The largest, most expensive upgrade of the region’s electrical transmission system in over 40 years is facing a major challenge. CAPX 2020 is 800 miles of new power lines built at twice the cost of the new Vikings stadium. But there’s one leg of the project south of Wabasha where engineering is beating the elements of old man winter.

12/05/2014

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Wild Moose Illegally Killed In NW Minnesota

Federal wildlife officials are asking for the public’s help in finding whoever illegally killed a wild moose in northwestern Minnesota.

11/24/2014

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Feds Not Worried About Wisconsin Wolf Decline

Federal wildlife officials say they’re not concerned about the decline in Wisconsin’s wolf population.

10/10/2014

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Recovery Plan For Lynx Could Take Until 2018

U.S. wildlife officials revealed Monday that they expect to complete a recovery plan for imperiled Canada lynx in early 2018 — almost two decades after the snow-loving wild cats first received federal protections.

06/09/2014

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Long-Eared Bat Could Be Endangered

A disease infecting the northern long-eared bat could place it on the endangered species list. The disease, called white-nose syndrome, has impacted bats in a number of states. Rich Baker, endangered species coordinator with the Department of Natural Resources, says a large number have died off.

05/13/2014

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Panel Says Federal Wolf Plan Used Unproven Science

A proposal to lift federal protections for gray wolves across most of the U.S. suffered a significant setback Friday as an independent review panel said the government is relying on unsettled science to make its case. Federal wildlife officials want to remove the animals from the endangered species list across the Lower 48 states, except for a small population in the Southwest. The five-member U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service peer review panel was tasked with reviewing the government’s claim that the Northeast and Midwest were home to a separate species, the eastern wolf.

02/07/2014

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Minn. Waterfowl Symposium Set For Saturday

Hunters, outdoor enthusiasts and natural resource managers will gather at the Mall of America Ramada Hotel to celebrate Minnesota’s waterfowl and wetland resources.

02/01/2014

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Charges Dropped Against Some In ‘Operation Squarehook’

A U.S. District Court judge is dismissing charges against five Native American defendants who were accused of poaching walleye from northern Minnesota lakes and selling them on the black market. The five are among the dozens of people charged last spring following an extensive undercover operation by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and tribal fish and game agents. The two-year sting was code named “Operation Squarehook,” in reference to the nets used to capture large numbers of game fish.

11/26/2013

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Report Looks at Wildlife Refuge Economic Benefits

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is a boon to the regional economy. The service says the refuge generated over $161 million in economic benefits for a 19-country area in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois in 2011.

11/07/2013

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Foes Of Wolf Hunt Looking For Allies At T-Wolves Opener

People fighting the state’s controversial wolf hunt appealed to fans of a different kind of wolf in downtown Minneapolis Wednesday night. As Timberwolves fans filed in for the season opener, many of them encountered advocates for real wolves inside Target Center.

10/30/2013

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Federal Lands Closed To Minn. Pheasant Hunters

Minnesota pheasant hunters will find less land available when the season opens Saturday. Due to the federal government shutdown, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has closed 13 national wildlife refuges and eight wetland management districts in Minnesota, totaling more than 489,000 acres of land.

10/10/2013

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