DNR Reports

‘Moose not recovering in northeastern Minnesota’

DNR Reports Moose estimate up, but increase isn’t “statistically significant” St. Paul — Minnesota’s moose population remains low despite a slowing population decline during the past five years, the Minnesota DNR said. Results from the 2016 aerial moose survey indicate the population change from an estimated 3,450 in 2015 to 4,020 in 2016 is not statistically significant. Northeastern Minnesota’s current…

White perch, black buffalo are new state records in Michigan

Lansing — The Michigan DNR recently confirmed two new state records, a black buffalo and a white perch. This marks the second and third state-record fish caught in 2015. The state record for black buffalo was broken by a fish caught by Sage Colegrove, of Muskegon, on the Grand River in Ottawa County on Sunday, April 12, at 1 a.m….

DNR seeks to expand dialogue about Minnesota’s pike problems

St. Paul — Excited to catch a big northern pike at the cabin near Brainerd, an angler casts a lure all week. Yet day after day, the angler has success only in reeling in skinny, snake-like pike.  In the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a large pike strikes a bait not far from the rocky shore of an island. With…

Will 2015 muskie season produce new record from Green Bay?

Green Bay, Wis. — While size and bag limits are the subject of frequent discussion among many anglers, there’s one group of fishing enthusiasts who are relatively unaffected by such matters: muskie hunters. A glance at online fishing forums indicates most muskie anglers would never keep a muskie unless they believed the fish was unlikely to survive or it was…

Effort under way to increase knowledge of Red River fishery

St. Paul — Anglers who fish the Red River this year may see fisheries management work under way as the Minnesota DNR and North Dakota Game and Fish Department conduct a fish population assessment and an angler creel survey.  “The population assessment will target channel catfish, but will provide valuable information on other species, as well,” said Jamison Wendel, DNR…

Grocery store receipt is key to elk-poaching case

Lansing — A Jackson County man has confessed to the illegal killing of a small bull elk during the firearms deer season in Otsego County, according to Michigan DNR conservation officers who investigated the incident. A passerby discovered elk parts dumped along a rural road Nov. 29, 2014. A conservation officer investigating the scene located a grocery store receipt among…

White-nose syndrome reportly killing bats this winter

Mohawk, Mich. — DNR officials last month received the first reports this winter of bats dying from white-nose syndrome. Members of the public found dead bats outside the opening of an abandoned copper mine near Mohawk in the Upper Peninsula’s Keweenaw County and reported it to DNR field staff. White-nose syndrome was first discovered in Michigan in late winter 2014…

At least $3.6 million available to fight land and water invaders

Lansing — A handbook has been released outlining the scope and guidelines for the new Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program, made possible through funding in Gov. Rick Snyder’s fiscal year 2015 budget. The program is a joint effort of the Michigan departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, and Agriculture and Rural Development. The grant program will devote at least $3.6…