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Minnesota DNR statement regarding USFWS decision to remove the wolf from the endangered and threatened species list

Published on October 29, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is aware of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS’s) decision, announced today, to remove the wolf from the federal endangered and threatened species list throughout the coterminous United States. Prior to this action, the wolf in Minnesota was federally listed as threatened. In our July 2019 comments on the USFWS’s then-proposed delisting, we concluded “all evidence indicates that the gray wolf population in Minnesota has recovered” and federal protection under the Endangered Species Act is no longer warranted in the state. We simultaneously recognized, however, that the situation in Minnesota is not representative of the wolf’s status elsewhere and noted that “a blanket delisting across the United States may not be warranted.”  This continues to be our position with respect to the federal listing status of the wolf, both within and beyond Minnesota.


DNR extends wolf management input period

Published on October 29, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced today it is extending its wolf management public input period until Nov. 20.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on October 26, 2020

A weekly list of news briefs about fish, wildlife, and habitat management.


Deer opener information available

Published on October 26, 2020

Minnesota’s firearms deer season begins half an hour before sunrise on Saturday, Nov. 7, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources expects nearly half a million hunters to participate.


Upper Red Lake walleye regulations change for winter season

Published on October 26, 2020

Anglers fishing during the winter season on Upper Red Lake in northern Minnesota will have a three-walleye bag limit, with only one walleye longer than 17 inches allowed.


Safety precautions key to 2 duck hunters surviving falls into cold water

Published on October 22, 2020

Two Minnesota duck hunters likely are alive today as a result of good choices they made before and after falling into cold water, and because rescue personnel worked quickly with the tools at hand to ensure a positive outcome.


Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee seeks applicants

Published on October 22, 2020

The coordinating partners of the Parks and Trails Legacy Plan, which include the Metropolitan Council, the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, are seeking applicants to serve on the Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee.


4 silver carp fitted with tracking devices on Mississippi River

Published on October 22, 2020

Data will help agencies learn more about invasive carp


DNR Roundtable will go virtual in January

Published on October 21, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host its annual Roundtable event in January using an online format.


Whitefish, tullibee sport-netting to open on select Tower area lakes

Published on October 19, 2020

Whitefish, tullibee netting opening on seven lakes in the Tower area.


New day use area, Miner’s Mountain Road now open at Cuyuna Country SRA

Published on October 19, 2020

A new accessible day use area is now open at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area


DNR and St. Louis County rescue personnel save paddler’s life in BWCA

Published on October 19, 2020

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Sean Williams and members of the volunteer St. Louis County Rescue Squad on Saturday night rescued a man experiencing severe hypothermia in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA).


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on October 19, 2020

A weekly list of news briefs about fish, wildlife, and habitat management.


Second DNR confiscated hunting, fishing equipment auction set for Oct. 24

Published on October 19, 2020

Auction will be held online


DNR welcomes people with disabilities at wildlife management areas

Published on October 19, 2020

Options are available for using mobility devices on WMAs


Field reports: What Minnesota deer hunters can expect this season

Published on October 19, 2020

Nearly half a million firearms deer hunters are preparing for the firearms deer season that opens Saturday, Nov. 7, and offers opportunity to spend time outdoors with friends and family, find adventure outdoors and put venison in the freezer.


Mountain bike trails expanding at Cuyuna Country SRA

Published on October 19, 2020

Mountain bike trails expanding at Cuyuna Country SRA


Public has opportunity to comment on management of Heron Lake

Published on October 15, 2020

Plan for world-class waterfowl destination in Jackson County to be updated. The public is invited to provide comments on the plan.


Zebra mussels confirmed in Big Lake and Mitchell Lake in Sherburne County

Published on October 15, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Big Lake and Mitchell Lake, two adjacent lakes in the city of Big Lake in Sherburne County.


DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Published on October 13, 2020

A weekly list of news briefs about fish, wildlife, and habitat management.


Deer hunters urged to submit samples in chronic wasting disease sampling areas

Published on October 13, 2020

Minnesota deer hunters should be aware of chronic wasting disease regulations and sampling as they plan ahead for upcoming deer seasons


DNR seeks comments on environmental review topics for proposed Grindstone Dam removal

Published on October 12, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comments through Nov. 12 on topics to be included in an environmental impact statement for the proposed removal of the Grindstone Dam in Hinckley.


DNR seeks comments on environmental assessment worksheet for Lock and Dam Pool 2 embankment protective island

Published on October 12, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting comments through Nov. 12 on an environmental assessment worksheet for a proposed project to construct a protective island on the Mississippi River.


Zebra mussels confirmed in Piersons Lake in Carver County

Published on October 8, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in Piersons Lake, near Victoria in Carver County.


Work completed, Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail now fully open

Published on October 8, 2020

A six-mile stretch of trail between Waterville and Elysian is now open after summer construction wrapped up. The upgraded segment has new pavement and 10-feet wide trails.