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Minnesota DNR rejects ban on lead ammunition, tackle

ST. PAUL, Minn. –  Minnesota wildlife officials have rejected a request from environmental groups to ban the use of lead in rifle bullets, birdshot and fishing tackle. The Minnesota DNR denied the petition Monday. DNR officials say restrictions on the use of lead ammunition and tackle should instead be considered by Minnesota lawmakers. Minnesota Public Radio News reports environmental groups…

Turkeys in the northwest: conservation success or nuisance?

SPOKANE, Wash. — Fifty-five years ago, Jack Adkins was frustrated. A biologist for Washington’s Department of Game, Adkins was trying to catch turkeys in Stevens County using a 90-by-40-foot net propelled by “three projectiles (shot) from a small cannon.” It wasn’t working. “We’ve had all sorts of problems,” Adkins told The Spokesman-Review in January 1964. “But the main one is…

Monarch butterflies arriving late in Mexico

(Photo by Dorthy Baker, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Association)MEXICO CITY — Environmentalists and officials in Mexico say they expect this year to see a strong turnout of monarch butterflies, millions of which make the 3,400-mile (5,500-kilometer) migration from the United States and Canada each year to small patches of forest in central Mexico. The protected wintering grounds have long been…

Vendors scramble as fresh perch supply shrinks

Because Great Lakes perch is so hard to come by, some businesses are turning to European perch, or Zander, he said, which comes from Poland and other areas in Europe with bodies of fresh water. The fish comes to the U.S. frozen and is not as tasty as yellow perch.