Staff and News Reports

Woman attacked by bear was working on Montana grizzly study

KALISPELL, Mont. — Wildlife officials say a field assistant on a government grizzly bear study suffered serious injuries when she was attacked by a bear while working in a remote northwestern Montana mountain range. Amber Kornak, a Grizzly Bear Wildlife Technician for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), was seriously injured in what is being called a surprise attack…

Minnesota hunting industry mourns loss of John Burgeson

Anoka, Minn. — Wildlife Research Center founder John Robert Burgeson, 66, of Andover, passed away May 19. A native of Arden Hills and later Andover, Burgeson graduated from Mounds View High School in 1970 and went on to study business at Anoka Ramsey College and later Augsburg University. Graduating with a degree in business, Burgeson established Wildlife Research Center in…

Pennsylvania bear harvest solid despite wet, windy opener

Harrisburg, Pa. — Pennsylvania bear hunters weathered heavy opening-day winds and rains and still posted one of the top 10 harvests in the Keystone State’s history, Game Commission officials said. Hunters harvested 3,438 bears in 2017, with the archery harvest of 493 bears and the extended season harvest of 1,083 bears setting records for those seasons. The 2017 harvest was…

Wild Wings outdoors art company announces new owners

Mark Mickelson, left, owner of Art Brand Studios, and Randy Eggenberger, Wild Wings president.Art Brand Studios, a leading publisher, manufacturer, marketer, wholesaler and branded retailer of fine art reproductions, has announced the acquisition of Wild Wings, a company representing 50 of America’s top wildlife and Americana/nostalgia artists. Wild Wings, out of Lake City, Minn., has a long history of specializing…

Sharp-tailed grouse drought to continue in western U.P.

DNR wildlife biologists had planned to capture about 20 birds from the eastern U.P. and re-introduce them to Ontonagon County. However, late winter snowfall and a persistent groundcover of snow have delayed the effort until next spring for the game birds, which haven’t been seen reliably in the area since the mid-’90s.

Six men accused of luring, smuggling 400 protected birds

The birds included cardinals, rose-breasted grosbeaks, indigo and painted buntings, and house finches.Six men are accused of trapping and smuggling over 400 protected birds in the past four years, according to an investigation by the Miami U.S. attorney’s office. The men used solar-powered electronic bird calls to attract the birds to trees that were coated with adhesives, the U.S. attorney’s…

Last caribou herd in Lower 48 ‘functionally extinct’

Recent aerial surveys indicate that efforts to save the sole caribou herd in the Lower 48 have failed. Just three of the so-called gray ghosts remain in the southern mountain caribou herd, making it “functionally extinct,” according to experts. The herd spends part of its time in northern Idaho’s Selkirk Mountains and Washington state, near the Canadian border. It had…

Oregon sees 11 percent growth in wolf population

An anticipated new tally has found 124 wolves in Oregon, an 11 percent increase from last year’s results. Before about two decades ago, wolves had been wiped out in the state. Biologists also counted 13 wolf deaths last year, including four animals that were killed illegally. In addition, they found a 38 percent annual increase in breeding pairs. The annual…

Otter Tail County conservation easement: creating a family legacy for future generations

(Minnesota Land Trust)Nestled amongst three scenic Minnesota lakes, the property of Jim and Joan Burkett is emblematic of the wildlife habitat found in Otter Tail County’s lake country and connects to more than 3,000 acres that have been protected near the Burkett’s land on Spitzer Lake. In order to ensure that their prairie, woodlands and wetlands remain intact, the Burkett’s…

NSSF report: Firearms industry economic impact rises 169 percent since 2008

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The total economic impact of the firearms and ammunition industry in the United States increased from $19.1 billion in 2008 to $51.4 billion in 2017, a 169 percent increase, while the total number of full-time equivalent jobs rose from approximately 166,000 to almost 310,000, an 87 percent increase in that period, according to a report released by…