Push In Progress To Let Great Lakes States Manage Wolves AgainA Minnesota congressman says a push is underway to include language in a catchall spending bill to return responsibility for managing wolf populations in the western Great Lakes region to Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Courts have overturned federal efforts to remove the region's wolves from the endangered list. The legislation would bypass the courts.
Federal Officials Reject Wolf Petition From AdvocatesFederal 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.
State, Federal Agencies Plan Forums On Predator CompensationThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the federal Farm Service Agency will host a series of town hall meetings in northern Minnesota to explain state and federal programs that compensate farmers for livestock losses due to wolves, raptors and weather.
Feds Restore Protected Status For Great Lakes WolvesGray 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."
Authorities: Runaway East Bethel Teen May Be EndangeredThe Anoka County Sheriff's Office is seeking public help in locating a missing 15-year-old girl who ran away from her East Bethel home last week. On June 16, it was reported that Stephanie Anne Rufsholm voluntarily ran away from her home and hasn't contacted her family since that day. She was last seen in Forest Lake with other teens.
Police Ask For Public’s Help In Search For Missing ManMinneapolis police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man who is considered to be in endangered. Jeffrey Viel, 48, has been missing since Thursday, April 24. Police said he was last seen at 4 a.m. on Thursday in the 2700 block of James Avenue North.
MN Zoo Honored For Preserving Endangered African Black RhinoThe Minnesota Zoo landed some international honors this week. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums presented the zoo an award for Significant Achievement in International Conversation for the science-based management of rhino conversation and tourism on Namibia's communal lands program.
Minnesota DNR Debuts Live Eagle Cam The recovery of the bald eagle shows how endangered species laws can work, and now a pair of the iconic birds will be help get more young people and families excited about the outdoors.
ND 'Flooding' Penguins Now At Minnesota ZooThe Minnesota Zoo is welcoming 11 African penguins who had to move from a flooded-out North Dakota zoo.
Feds Take More Comments On Gray Wolf ProtectionsThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is giving the public additional time to comment on a plan to drop gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region from the federal endangered species list.