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GRASSTON, Minn. — Our mid-December pheasant hunt was over before it started, we just didn't know it until after our boots filled with snow and swamp water. At one point, Jared Wiklund, the media coordinator for Pheasants Forever, the national upland bird conservation group, simply disappeared from view, like a trap door opened in the snow and swallowed him up. In reality the thin ice beneath his feet gave way and he sunk into the cattail swamp up to his waist.
SOUTH RANGE, Wis. — Quinn and Cade Musch are plunging head-first into a business many people want shut down. The brothers are building a fenced deer farm about 20 miles south of Superior where they will raise trophy bucks with massive sets of antlers and then sell all-inclusive fenced hunts to customers for upward of $4,000 each.
DULUTH -- Three of the five Great Lakes are at or above record high water levels for May and the other two are getting close as a winter of heavy snow and a spring of heavy rains continues to flow downstream. And with wet weather now expected to continue for at least the short term, new all-time record lake levels are possible in late summer or early fall when the lakes hit their usual yearly peaks. Lake Superior sat at 183.8 meters at mid-week, above the record May average of 183.7 set in 1986.
The U.S. Interior Department on Thursday, March 14, said it will publish its plan to remove federal protections for wolves in the Federal Register Friday, giving the public until mid-May to comment on the proposal. The plan, first promised last June and announced again last week, would have the most impact on Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan where established populations of wolves currently exist but where a court order has retained Endangered Species Act Protections for them.
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Wednesday, March 6, said it will act to remove federal endangered species protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, once again opening up the debate over how many, if any, wolves should be killed by hunters and trappers. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service said it will make good on a promise from last June to restart the process by proposing so-called delisting of wolves — removing them from Endangered Species Act protections.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill that would remove gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act list and open them to state hunting and trapping seasons. In the latest act of the ongoing wolf saga, the lame-duck House voted 196 to 180, along heavily partisan lines, to approve H.R. 6784 that would take wolves off the endangered list nationwide and block courts from considering violations of federal law for wolves under the Endangered Species Act.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Wednesday said it has filed a response defending its proposed wild rice sulfate standard that in January was panned by a state administrative law judge. PCA officials say their proposed sulfate pollution standard is a good compromise that protects wild rice in places where sulfate pollution might damage it, but also allows more sulfate pollution in lakes and rivers where it may not harm the plant.
Isle Royale's decimated wolf population will get a lifesaving infusion of 20 to 30 new wolves over the next three years under a National Park Service plan published today in the Federal Register. The Park Service published its final environmental impact statement after studying the potential of wolf reintroduction for two years and deciding on bringing in new wolves over other options, including doing nothing.
DULUTH, Minn. — The maples were too cold to run sap on a bright March morning so Dave Rogotzke didn't mind a walk through his 40-acre sugarbush across a crusty layer of leftover snow. Rogotzke carefully stepped over lines of plastic tubing that carry sap from the trees to his sugar shack boiler, pointing out what happened in the pre-dawn windstorm of July 21.
WASHINGTON — The beleaguered rusty patched bumblebee has received official federal protection after all, thanks to a change of heart by the Trump administration. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday officially listed the effective date of federal protection as March 21. The listing was originally set to occur on Feb. 10.