Chronic wasting disease was detected in four harvested samples from farmed deer at a quarantined farm in Crow Wing County. The farm has been under movement restrictions and monitored by the Board since December 2016 when two white-tailed deer tested positive for the disease. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health confirms recent samples were CWD positive in four deer.
During a special firearms hunt to prevent overpopulation of deer and protect resources on Nov. 3-6, Lake Carlos State Park will be partially closed. Visitors are advised to wear blaze orange or brightly colored clothing if they will be in the park while the hunt is in progress. Visitors should also check for hunt-related information at the park office when they arrive.
A 43 1/2 inch pike caught by a member of the Women Anglers of Minnesota on Mille Lacs Lake sets the first northern pike state record in the Department of Natural Resources' catch-and-release category. Angler Maddy Ogg caught and released the huge pike Oct. 6 during what she described as a cold and windy day of fishing. She and companions Mike Buckingham and Jenni Buckingham got an early start that morning, soon landing two fish at the same time.
A deer taken during the opening weekend of archery season in southeastern Minnesota’s disease management zone has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to the Department of Natural Resources. A hunter harvested the adult male deer about 1 mile east of Preston in the center of the CWD management zone. Mandatory surveillance is in effect for the area, which is designated as deer permit area 603.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Barrett Lake in Grant County.
Wildlife managers have begun drawing down the water of Lake Christina in Douglas County to improve habitat and water quality on the popular destination for hunters and wildlife watchers. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will use the lake’s permanent pump system to lower the lake as much as 3 feet below the “normal” water level. The hope is to limit the survival of unwanted fish in the lake and to ensure shallower water for aquatic plants during the growing season next year.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources expects duck hunting to be good when Minnesota's regular waterfowl season opens a half-hour before sunrise this Saturday. "The number of breeding ducks in Minnesota and North America has remained fairly high in recent years, so hopefully that will result in a good duck season," said Steve Cordts, DNR waterfowl specialist. "We also heard favorable reports on the number of duck broods over the summer." Wetland habitat conditions are variable across the state, with some dry conditions in the northern portion of the state.
The 2018 roadside survey for pheasants showed a 19 percent increase in the overall pheasant index from 2017. While the index is similar to the 10-year average, it is still 52 percent below the long-term average.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' area wildlife managers are hosting an open house in Glenwood at the Glenwood DNR Office Conference Room, 23070 N. Lakeshore Dr., on Sept. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Amelia Lake in Pope County. A group of swimmers contacted the DNR after finding a quarter-inch zebra mussel attached to a rock on the north end of the lake. DNR aquatic invasive species specialists found 36 juvenile and adult zebra mussels in three locations during a follow-up survey of Amelia Lake. Another lake user contacted the DNR after finding two additional zebra mussels at the same location as the original report.