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Minnesota’s first-ever case of a fatal deer disease was confirmed Wednesday in a captive deer herd in Goodhue County. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health said epizootic hemorrhagic disease was confirmed in six of seven in deer in a captive herd which died earlier this month at a Goodhue County farm.
A giant buck that appears like magic and bolts before a shot can be fired. A silvery lake trout with orange fins that looks like no other. The simple yet incredible pleasure of a shore lunch campfire. A bass bonanza that doesn't end, even with an impaled angler. Here are four special stories from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness that hunters and anglers who visit there have agreed to share as the BWCAW turns 40.
1902 - The U.S. General Land Office sets aside 500,000 acres in what would become the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, keeping it undeveloped by removing it from settlement acreage being offered to homesteaders. 1904 - Congress grants 20,000 acres to the state for the Burntside Forest Reserve. Minnesota forestry officials declare "State Forest Reserves should be devoted not alone to the business of raising timber, but to the pleasure of all the people."
The most recent class of steelhead trout running up the Wisconsin's Bois Brule River to spawn was a little below average, the state's Department to Natural Resources reported last week. Fisheries personnel watched video of steelhead that passed by a video monitoring station and counted 5,469 migratory rainbow trout in the fall of 2017 and spring of 2018.
It passed the U.S. Senate in the last minutes of the last day of a Congressional session that may have been its last chance to pass. Democrats were in power in Minnesota and in Washington, and several Minnesotans were in President Jimmy Carter's administration when the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act passed Congress on Oct. 15, 1978. That included Vice President Walter Mondale and Secretary of Agriculture Bob Bergland, whose department oversaw the U.S. Forest Service that managed what was then the BWCA.
A growing trade war, changing environmental regulations in China and a global oversupply of animal hides nearly killed a longstanding conservation program in Minnesota. The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association's annual Hides for Habitat program appeared doomed earlier this week — just weeks before the state's firearms deer hunting season kicks off — when no wholesale hide buyers offered an acceptable bid. The problem is that Chinese tanneries have been closing due to increasing environmental regulations there.
The effort to relocate wolves to Isle Royale in Lake Superior has ended for the season after just four animals were moved, the National Park Service announced Friday. The effort to bolster the park's depelated wolf population was aiming for at least six animals moved this fall, but bad weather hampered efforts to move trapped wolves from Minnesota and Michigan to the island.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is ringing the safety bell after one person died and three others were seriously injured in firearms related hunting incidents in September. The fatal incident occurred during a youth waterfowl hunting season when one person stood up and another person, still sitting, shot at passing ducks.
Projects to bolster conservation efforts for Minnesota loons will get a huge boost under a settlement agreement announced Tuesday stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The agreement, published Tuesday in the Federal Register, sets aside $16 million from the oil rigs' owner, BP, for fish and wildlife rehabilitation for species impacted by the explosion, fire and spill that killed 11 people, injured 17 others and sent millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf.
Lindsey Edson was running with her dog, Winnie, Tuesday afternoon on the ski trails in Duluth's Piedmont neighborhood when she came across what looked like a deer tied to a tree. The deer was on a thick red rope and was trying to get away, unsuccessfully. "I called 911 and they gave me the game warden's' number to call and he came right out,'' Edson told the News Tribune.