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DULUTH. Minn. — Wolves, parasites, infections and other health problems continue to be the largest killers of moose in northeastern Minnesota, according to the most recent data from the state Department of Natural Resources. DNR researchers have compiled an updated assessment of data from a four-year-old study of GPS-collared moose in northeastern Minnesota. The collars, when they work properly, allow researchers to find dead moose within hours so an accurate cause of death can be made in most cases.
DULUTH — The senior adviser to U.S. Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke was in Duluth on Saturday to speak to the annual conference of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Dave Mihalic, a longtime National Park Service official who retired in 2003 as superintendent of Yosemite National Park, spoke to a packed room of outdoor writers, media producers and editors and outdoor recreation industry reps at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.
DULUTH, Minn. — Conservation, hunting and angling groups are battling back against U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan's effort to undo a moratorium on mining on federal land near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Groups such as the Izaak Walton League of America and Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters kick-started a campaign this week for supporters to call Nolan's offices and tell the Democrat from Crosby to leave the two-year mining ban and a proposed environmental review in place.
DULUTH — An effort by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to relax standards for drainage ditches that aren't public waterways has also led to miles of rivers and creeks losing their status as public waters. That was the claim made Friday by the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, which has filed an appeal with the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
DULUTH, Minn. — Two Northland residents, including one with a history of pollution violations, have been ordered by the Minnesota Court of Appeals to pay more than $1 million in fines and fees for pollution violations. The decision upheld a lower court ruling that Dale Cich, his partner Diane Anderson and their company J & D Services must pay a civil penalty of $677,072 for environmental violations and reimburse the state $316,000 for waste cleanup and another $67,000 in attorney's fees.
DULUTH — Twenty northern Minnesota residents and tribal members will try to join environmental groups as parties directly impacted by the proposed Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project. The 20 have filed paperwork to join the contested case hearing set for November in the Twin Cities, a quasi-legal process that's part of Minnesota's public utility regulations.
AUOROA, Minn. — A 40-year-old Aurora man has been charged with stealing more than $3,400 worth of birch trees off state and county land near the Iron Range. A criminal complaint has been filed in St. Louis County District Court against David Allen Lawrence for timber theft from state land. It's believed to be the first criminal charge in Minnesota connected to the recent rash of illegal cutting of small Northland birch trees sold into the decorative knickknack market first reported by the Duluth News Tribune in March.
DULUTH, Minn. — With a new building at a new location on Arrowhead Road in Duluth, it's the same old story and then some: Injured wild animals just keep pouring in to Wildwoods Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. On a fairly quiet afternoon at Wildwoods last week, there were three baby squirrels that needed feeding; a chipmunk that had recovered enough to chew its way out of its cage and was roaming free in its room; a Bohemian waxwing that was feeling better and wanted to fly north; a big brown bat recovering from dehydration; and a flying squirrel waiting for a new home.
Residents along one of Minnesota's most remote stretches of road are accustomed to helping neighbors in need, whether it’s truck trouble or a forest fire or a white pine down across the road. On Monday Gunflint Trail residents added moose rescue to their resumes. A young moose walked onto the ice of Hungry Jack Lake, hit a soft spot and fell through, unable to get out on its own.
DULUTH, Minn.—Law enforcement officials in northern Wisconsin and northern Minnesota say there's been a recent rash of illegal cutting of small birch trees that are smuggled out and sold as decorations in stores and online. It's not just a few trees, but thousands of small birch cut, bundled and carted away off public and private forests without any payment or permits.