St. Cloud Professor Accused Of Smuggling Ivory From Elephants, RhinosA 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.
2 states, US Appealing Judge's Ruling On Great Lakes WolvesMichigan is joining the federal government in appealing a decision that restores legal protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region.
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."
Wolf Hunting Opponents To Gather At Minnesota CapitolOpponents 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.
Feds: Sampling Finds More Asian Carp DNA Near Lake MichiganA 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.
Wolf Hunting Banned In MinnesotaA 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.
Crews Building Power Lines Near Frozen Miss. Battle WinterThe 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.
Wild Moose Illegally Killed In NW MinnesotaFederal wildlife officials are asking for the public's help in finding whoever illegally killed a wild moose in northwestern Minnesota.
Feds Not Worried About Wisconsin Wolf Decline Federal wildlife officials say they're not concerned about the decline in Wisconsin's wolf population.
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.
Long-Eared Bat Could Be EndangeredA 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.
Panel Says Federal Wolf Plan Used Unproven ScienceA 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.
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.
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.
Report Looks at Wildlife Refuge Economic BenefitsThe 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.