News release: Fish and Wildlife Almanac, Dec. 18

December 18, 2023

Hunters can find CWD test results online

Hunters can check the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website for chronic wasting disease test results on the deer they’ve harvested. The site also shows statewide CWD test results, summary statistics and mapped locations of deer that tested positive. Any additional deer harvested during Minnesota deer seasons that test positive for CWD will be reported on the CWD results page. The DNR also will directly notify any hunter who harvests a deer that tests positive. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources relies on hunters’ participation in providing samples to help with disease surveillance and appreciates all those who submitted samples.

Minnesota DNR webinars focus on mudpuppies and the northern lights

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites people interested in wildlife and outdoor skills to check out the winter program schedule for the Minnesota Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series.

In a webinar on Wednesday, Dec. 20, DNR biologists Jeff LeClere and Krista Larson will discuss the ecology of mudpuppies, the unique aquatic salamanders that become more active in wintertime and are sometimes unintentionally caught by ice anglers.

In a webinar on Wednesday, Dec. 27, Jesse Gates, dark sky educator from Voyageurs Conservancy, will discuss the science behind the northern lights and tips on where to see them and Travis Novitsky, photographer and author, will discuss indigenous peoples’ connection to the night sky, and photographing the northern lights.

The Minnesota Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series webinars are free and offered year-round, though registration is required. Visit the Outdoor Skills and Stewardship webpage of the Minnesota DNR website for the registration portal, more information about upcoming webinars and recordings of past webinars.

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