When a moose goes down in the North Woods, it’s hauled out to a U lab. Researchers are finding hope for saving moose, but with tough tradeoffs.
Story by Josephine Marcotty, photos and video by Brian Peterson Star Tribune
February 7, 2016 — 12:00AM
The death of moose No. 161 was written in the snow.
Emaciated and sick, he had bedded down deep in the North Woods. In his final struggle to rise, he plowed a dark furrow across the white ground before collapsing beneath a towering white pine.
Ordinarily, his carcass would have melted slowly into the earth. But within 24 hours, it was hoisted away by helicopter — one of 47 dead moose that scientists have airlifted, dragged or tobogganed out of the woods in an extraordinary project to find out why the massive animals are disappearing from Minnesota.
Now, answers to that mystery are at last beginning to emerge — as are some of the dilemmas they will present to the state. Continue reading
Tougher penalties would apply to illegal taking of wildlife valued at $2,000 or more.
By Dennis Anderson Star Tribune
January 15, 2016 — 9:06pm
Frustrated by fish and game poachers who get a “slap on the wrist” for serious offenses, Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday proposed that some wildlife crimes be prosecuted as felonies.
“The recently reported instances of wanton and wasteful poaching in Minnesota should offend the sensibilities of all ethical and law-abiding hunters and anglers,” Dayton said at the annual Department of Natural Resources stakeholders meeting in Brooklyn Center.
Dayton made a similar proposal last year to the Legislature, including revocation of hunting and fishing licenses for some offenses for up to 10 years, but the initiative was rebuffed. Continue reading
The 83rd MAFWA Directors’ Annual Meeting will be held Sunday, June 26 – Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at the Chase Park Plaza, Saint Louis, Missouri. For more information, click here.
The MAFWA Directors’ Meeting is for senior level management of natural resources professionals in the fields of wildlife and fisheries management, information and education, licensing and administration, law enforcement, and conservation engineering.
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An experimental vaccine for chronic wasting disease actually increased the likelihood of elk to contract CWD by at least three times.
Hopes for a vaccine to prevent chronic wasting disease (CWD) suffered a severe blow when Wyoming researchers announced in early November that elk inoculated with an experimental serum were at least three times more likely to contract CWD than unvaccinated elk. Continue reading