The DNR has updated the moose management plan for the state of Minnesota, and there will be five public meetings to discuss protecting the moose, its status concern being due to declining population counts (the Moose Advisory Committee report HERE). Article HERE. The story was covered around the world, similarly to the recent wolf hunt (check out the San Fran coverage HERE). This latter report also says, “The boreal owl would become a species of concern, as would the northern goshawk, both birds of northern Minnesota’s forests.” [Also note the frustrating comment that the wolf population of Minnesota is “doing well” despite the DNR’s own research showing decreased population numbers prior to the new hunt AND despite all this the DNR would not stop moose hunting in the state]
The DNR will hold a series of meetings in late January and early February to collect public comments on its proposed designations. All hearings begin at 6 p.m.
• Tuesday, Jan. 29, Ramada Hotel and Conference Room, 1517 16th St. SW, Rochester.
• Wednesday, Jan. 30, New Ulm Community Center, 600 North German, New Ulm.
• Tuesday, Feb. 5, Sanford Center – Bemidji Regional Event Center, 1111 Event Center Drive NE, Bemidji.
• Wednesday, Feb. 6, Gitchee Gumee Conference Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mid-Continent Ecology Division, 6201 Congdon Blvd., Duluth.
• Thursday, Feb. 7, Best Western Plus Kelly Inn, 2705 North Annapolis Lane, Plymouth.