On Sept. 3, 2019, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources received a petition from a number of environmental and conservation groups requesting that the DNR initiate rulemaking to:
- Ban the possession and use of lead or other toxic fishing tackle on Minnesota waters located within the common loon range;
- Prohibit the taking of wild animals within Minnesota while possessing or using bullets containing lead or other toxic materials; and
- Prohibit the taking of wild animals within Minnesota with shotshells other than those loaded with steel shot, copper-plated shot, nickel-plated shot, zinc-plated steel shot, or shot made of other nontoxic materials approved by the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
After careful consideration of the petition and review of more than 20 years of data and stakeholder input related to this subject, the DNR issued a decision Nov. 4, 2019, denying the petition.