International Falls area wildlife
Hunters, trappers and wildlife watchers in Koochiching and St. Louis counties benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' International Falls area wildlife staff.
Area Supervisor Larry Petersen and one full-time assistant oversee an area that totals 3 million acres of public and private land. Of these, about 1,600 acres are within three state Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). This area contains vast private industrial forests and 1.8 million acres of public land. It is home to many of Minnesota?s iconic game and non-game species, including moose and wolf.
At work for you
A wire shelter protects a white cedar seedling.
- Managing selected stands of timber to increase the amount of conifer tree species within the stand to benefit a variety of wildlife species.
- Making hunting season recommendations for six deer permit areas, two bear permit areas, small game, furbearers and waterfowl.
- Managing specific sites for blueberry and oak mast production through burning, planting and removal of brush and tree competition.
- Managing habitat and facilities on three WMAs, covering 1,600 acres and administering two waterfowl refuges.
- Managing three regional open land priority units for sharp-tailed grouse and other brush land wildlife.
- Assisting with state or national wildlife surveys for moose, sharp-tailed and ruffed grouse, woodcock, bear food and predators throughout the work area.