DNR: Loon deaths caused by West Nile virus

Two of three dead loons found in northeastern Minnesota earlier this month said to have died from WNV, and wildlife staff are receiving a small but noticeable increase in calls from people finding dead loons in northeastern Minnesota this summer.

Minnesota state parks work to keep the crowds coming back

And it appears to be working: State park visitation has increased 22% since 2003 – that's twice as fast as the state's population has grown – and revenue from state park permit sales, helped in part by a fee increase, has jumped more than 80% in the past six years.

USFWS hearing on wolves' delisting is emotional gathering

Federal officials are weighing impassioned testimony from farmers, ranchers, hunters and wildlife advocates at the only public hearing in the country on the government's latest attempt to take gray wolves off the endangered and threatened species list.

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