Tuesday, January 31st, 2023
Tuesday, January 31st, 2023

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Inver Grove Heights, Minn. (AP) — At least 13 bald eagles were likely poisoned by scavenging the carcasses of euthanized animals that were improperly dumped at a Minnesota landfill, and three of the birds have died.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that state and federal wildlife officials are investigating after the eagles were found this month near the Pine Bend Landfill in the Minneapolis suburb of Inver Grove Heights.

Ten of the birds are in intensive care at the University of Minnesota Raptor Center. The center’s executive director, Victoria Hall, said she is optimistic those birds will recover.

Hall said when the eagles were found, some of them were lying motionless, face down in the snow, and Raptor Center workers weren’t sure if they were still alive. Veterinarians suspect that the eagles that died had eaten part of a carcass of an animal that had been euthanized with pentobarbital, and investigators confirmed that some euthanized animals had been brought to the landfill Dec. 2.

Hall said animals that have been chemically euthanized are supposed to be disposed of in such a manner that other animals can’t scavenge on them.

Of the 11 eagles that were brought to the Raptor Center, three also had lead poisoning and one eagle that was found to have bird flu died. Two other eagles were found dead near the landfill.


St. Paul — Deer hunters seeking additional opportunities will have the chance to harvest deer during a late-season chronic wasting disease management hunt in Deer Permit Area 184 near Bemidji, and also in several deer permit areas in southeastern Minnesota and the south-metro area.

This late-season hunt is Friday, Dec. 16, through Sunday, Dec. 18, in DPAs 184, 605, 643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, and 655. CWD sampling is mandatory for any deer 1 year or older harvested during this hunt. Harvested deer must be taken to a sampling station.

Staffed sampling stations will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, through Monday, Dec. 19, and self-service stations will be available any time that Friday through Monday.


Madison, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources requests the public’s help in solving the illegal killings of two cow elk in separate events in Jackson County during the recent Wisconsin gun-deer season.

DNR staff received and responded to a mortality signal from a cow elk’s monitoring collar on Sunday, Nov. 20. The elk was found on private property near Whitney Road in Knapp Township. DNR staff received a second mortality signal from another cow elk’s monitoring collar on Tuesday, Nov. 22. DNR staff found the second elk near the Castle Mound and Brockway Roads in Brockway Township.

Necropsy tests confirmed both animals had been shot. No other case information is available currently as the investigation continues.

“We ask the public to share any information – no matter how small it may seem,” said Conservation Warden Michael Weber.

Elk are found in two distinct ranges in Wisconsin. The largest, and oldest, elk herd in the state is the Clam Lake elk herd. The Clam Lake herd ranges across Ashland, Bayfield, Price, Sawyer, and Rusk counties in northern Wisconsin. The other, the Black River elk herd, is found in the forested region of Jackson County in the central part of the state. Elk were reintroduced in Jackson County starting in 2015.

— Wisconsin DNR


Bozeman, Mont. — This past week, Delta Waterfowl and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding at the NASC Sportsman-Legislator Summit in Bozeman, Mont.

CSF, an advocate for sportsmen and women in the political arena, and Delta, are pleased to announce the formalization of an already successful partnership. Through entrance into this MOU, Delta and CSF will create synergy and collaboration at the state, regional, and national levels between two of America’s leading sporting-conservation organizations.

Representing an opportunity to combine the power of CSF’s legislative leadership with Delta’s mission and membership, this partnership will bring together Delta’s government affairs staff with the CSF Team to facilitate collaboration and communication.


Pierre, S.D. — The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission held its meeting in Pierre, Dec. 8-9, and finalized a rule change allowing people staying in a cabin, lodge, or suite within a state park to have their dog or cat inside designated facilities during their stay. A dog or cat accommodation fee of $10 per reservation per facility also was approved.

The commission also proposed changes to the archery antelope season, including no more than 450 nonresident one-tag archery antelope licenses valid on public and private lands.

And, the commission proposed several changes to the archery deer season, including unlimited nonresident “any deer” licenses (limit of one per hunter) to be issued statewide and valid on private land not leased by the Department of Game, Fish and Parks for public hunting and that no more than 2,200 nonresident “any deer” licenses may be issued statewide on public and private lands.

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