Fewer deer plus more wolves equals … If you guessed a greater volume of livestock depredation, you get a star. John Hart, district supervisor and wildlife biologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services, based in Grand Rapids, Minn., said earlier this week that the number of calls received regarding gray wolves killing livestock (mostly cattle) has been the highest since 2020. There have been, to date, 196 such reports. There were 139 a year ago.
When Minnesota’s inland game fish season began last Saturday, the open season for both largemouth and smallmouth bass opened, too. But outside the Northeast Zone, the bass season was catch and release only until May 27, when anglers are allowed to keep bass across the rest of the state.
But in a couple of years, under a proposal from the state DNR, things could change on the bass-fishing front.
Legislation that would give a state park in southern Minnesota to a local Dakota Indian band and prompt the DNR to find replacement recreational land is now part of a massive environmental bill recently passed by the House.
The legislation is yet to be considered by the Senate. The House omnibus environment bill also contains $5 million for land-replacement purchase and other expenditures.