Police in Bloomington are warning residents about an increase in coyotes sighted in parts of the Twin Cities suburb. The police department has sent letters warning people about the increase over the last few weeks.
Minnesota wildlife managers plan to hold the number of bear hunting licenses steady this year to help gradually increase the bear population. Minnesota’s bear population was estimated at 17,000 in 2008, but the DNR says trends suggest the population is down to between 10,000 and 15,000.
Wildlife and environmental groups are claiming victory for conservation practices in the new farm bill, where two of their top priorities made it into law. Farmers will be required to use good conservation practices on highly erodible lands and protect wetlands to qualify for crop insurance subsidies. And the law requires “sodsaver” protections to discourage farmers from plowing up native grasslands in several Plains and Midwest states.
eople all over the world are getting a chance to see Minnesota bald eagles up close. The “DNR EagleCam” is in its second year, but this is the first time the eagles laid eggs that hatched into chicks. The live feed, available online, gets thousands of hits a day with people wanting to see the chicks in their natural habitat, according to Lori Naumann, DNR Nongame Wildlife Program information officer.
It is an unmistakable sound in nature. A chorus of voices we don’t often get to hear up close, let alone see in person. But at the Wildlife Science Center in Columbus, visitors can witness this unique melody while learning at the same time. “Our mission is science education for kids that makes it fun,” said Peggy Callahan, the center’s executive director.
Wildlife managers have scheduled a public meeting in northwestern Minnesota to discuss an upcoming revision to the state’s elk management plan.
Great Lakes advocates are meeting in Washington, D.C., this week to lobby for funding of environmental projects and to discuss strategies for dealing with challenges such as invasive species. More than 100 people from the eight-state region are attending the Great Lakes Commission’s semiannual meeting and other activities.
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.
More than 4,000 condoms are being delivered to the country’s “most romantic” cities in an attempt to raise awareness of the world’s endangered species. The condoms feature pictures of animals like polar bears, leatherback turtles and dwarf seahorses.
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.
It’s hard to believe any birds can tough out our Minnesota winters. Swans in Monticello choose to stay through the ice and snow, some even living on ice with only a patch of water nearby. But lately, the Department of Natural Resources has received a lot of calls about birds on ice. Nongame Wildlife Information Officer Lori Naumann says people think they’re stranded, but that’s usually not the case.
Climate change threatens the big game animals that call Minnesota home — from moose to deer to bears — and the state needs to plan for how protect those species and the outdoor recreation economy that depends on them, conservation groups warned Thursday.
The Twin Cities may be an urban environment, but wildlife still surrounds the area. Living in close quarters can sometimes cause injuries to animals, and that’s where the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center steps in – a non-profit that’s having one of its busiest years ever. For more than 30 years, it’s been the healing sanctuary for sick and injured animals from all over Minnesota. Veterinarian Renee Schott says the center takes in a variety of animals.
Wolf experts from 19 nations will meet in Duluth for a major symposium this weekend focused on the future of the animal and its interactions with people.
We are surrounded by wildlife here in Minnesota. Every once in a while you’ll see a sick or injured animal. The Twin Cities is home to one of the largest independent wildlife medical centers in the nation.