From the Star Tribune in Minnesota:

Deep in the woods of Voyageurs National Park, on the remote Kabetogama Peninsula just south of Rainy Lake, a small and isolated moose population is surviving, even as others in Minnesota have been cut in half or wiped out.

The moose inside the park have been dealing with the same challenges as those outside it, from disease to predators to warming temperatures, yet their numbers today are almost identical to what they were in the early 1990s. The question is, why?

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From The Ely Timberjay in Minnesota:

REGIONAL— A new survey commissioned by the Department of Natural Resources finds that Minnesotans agree by a wide margin that it is important to maintain Minnesota’s gray wolf population. The survey, which found results in line with previous surveys, sampled attitudes from more 9,000 Minnesotans representing three distinct groups, including average residents, Minnesotans who hunt deer, and livestock producers living in wolf count

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From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources:

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the University of Minnesota through the Minnesota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, conducted a survey of Minnesota residents to support the 2020 update to the Minnesota Wolf Management Plan.

The study focused on three groups: Minnesota households, resident adult firearms deer hunters and livestock producers that operate in the 2019 wolf range. The main purpose of the study was to collect baseline information on these three groups’ attitudes and values for wolves and wolf management. Importantly, these data were collected using scientific survey methods, and are representative of the populations.

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For the past several years, University of Minnesota researchers have studied wolves in Voyageurs National Park to learn how they spend their summers.

They’ve uncovered some fascinating details. Wolves are often thought of as bloodthirsty carnivores that hunt large mammals. But in the summers, the researchers tracked them catching freshwater fish — and even feasting on wild blueberries.

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From the International Falls Journal:

The Voyageurs National Park Wolf Project is in jeopardy should the Minnesota Senate follow through with the idea it will not pursue an bill allocating money from the state’s Environment and Natural Resource Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources.

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From the Duluth News Tribune in Minnesota:

The caribou of the Lake Superior region, which once numbered in the thousands across a wide swath of three states and Ontario, are surviving on just two islands and a small herd on the mainland as their future continues to be uncertain.

After a dramatic airlift operation in 2018, an estimated 23 caribou seem to be doing well on Ontario’s Slate Islands on Lake Superior, with maybe 10 on Caribou Island on the big lake. About 20 survive on the North Shore mainland east of Marathon, Ontario.

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From the StarTribune in Minnesota:

Within a couple of weeks, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to once again remove the gray wolf from federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. In most similar cases, this action would be considered definitive and conclusive. Not so with wolves.

That’s because, notwithstanding the science and, many would argue, common sense upon which the service’s delisting is founded, lawsuits from those opposing delisting — among them the Center for Biological Diversity headquartered in Arizona — are likely, if not guaranteed.

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From the StarTribune in Minnesota:

Studying elusive wolves in northern Minnesota is always challenging, but tracking their eating and movements has typically been easier in winter.

Wolves travel in packs this time of year, hunting large prey such as deer and moose. With bare trees and a blanket of white spread over the ground, it’s easier for observers to watch the wild canines and spot evidence of carcasses left from their meals, even from the air.

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From MinnPost in Minnesota:

Every year, gray wolves kill dozens, if not hundreds, of farm animals in Minnesota.

It’s not just wolves – coyotes also known to sometimes prey on livestock for food. But with wolves it’s different: If a coyote is after an animal, a farmer is well within their right to shoot it. Wolves, on the other hand, are federally protected under the Endangered Species Act, which means only government agents can legally kill them unless they’re threatening a human life.

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From the Grand Forks Herald:

The Department of Natural Resources has contracted with a federal trapper to capture and radio-collar gray wolves in Red Lake Wildlife Management Area and adjacent lands in northwest Minnesota this winter as part of a routine wolf population estimate the DNR conducts every year.

The goal of the effort now underway is to collar four to six wolves in separate packs, said John Erb, wildlife research scientist for the DNR’s Forest Wildlife Populations and Research Group in Grand Rapids, Minn. The DNR uses data from the collared wolves to compile information on average pack size and average territory size, Erb said.

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