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Minnesota's bat population continues to be devastated by white nose syndrome, with now a 90 percent decline in bats at the Soudan Underground Mine near Lake Vermilion and a 94 percent drop at Mystery Cave in southern Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Thursday, March 28, reported the continued bat decline, saying it was expected but not welcome.
FISH LAKE, Minn. — It’s been one tough winter for folks who like to ice fish on northern MInnesota lakes. It’s not that the fishing hasn't been good at times. It’s that, for much of the winter, access to and egress from the lakes has been a nightmare. Slush and snow drifts have been overwhelming. And now anglers face a Monday, March 18, deadline to remove so-called permanent fishing shelters on lakes north of U.S. Highway 2 or face steep fines from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Wednesday, March 6, said it will act to remove federal endangered species protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, once again opening up the debate over how many, if any, wolves should be killed by hunters and trappers. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service said it will make good on a promise from last June to restart the process by proposing so-called delisting of wolves — removing them from Endangered Species Act protections.
Minnesota drivers are slightly more likely to hit a deer on state roadways this year compared to last year, and Wisconsin drivers face about the same odds of a deer collision. That's the report from State Farm Insurance, which complies an annual list of the states where drivers are most likely to hit a deer, moose or elk. Minnesota again placed seventh out of the 50 states, with Wisconsin sixth, South Dakota fifth and North Dakota 11th.