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		<title>State&#8217;s official Christmas tree harvested from General C.C. Andrews State Forest</title>
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		<pubDate>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:10:37 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[A 30-foot-tall white spruce, selected as the state’s official Christmas tree, was cut down today in the General C.C. Andrews State Forest, near Willow River.  The tree will be set up at the governor’s residence, 1006 Summit Ave., St. Paul, &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/17/states-official-christmas-tree-harvested-from-general-c-c-andrews-state-forest/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>A 30-foot-tall white spruce, selected as the state’s official Christmas tree, was cut down today in the General C.C. Andrews State Forest, near Willow River. <span id="more-20227"></span></p>
<p>The tree will be set up at the governor’s residence, 1006 Summit Ave., St. Paul, around 9 a.m., Monday, Nov. 20. The tree will be lit Monday, Nov. 27.</p>
<p>DNR staff and the Conservation Corps of Minnesota cut the tree on the Friday before Thanksgiving each year from one of 59 state forests. However, the search for just the right tree begins months before. DNR foresters keep an eye out for a tall tree that’s nicely shaped and well filled out. It also needs to be in a location where it will not be damaged when dropped and then easily pulled out and loaded onto a trailer.</p>
<p>Minnesota’s state forests provide clean air and water, recreational opportunities, wildlife habitat, timber and special forest products. This year, small businesses are making 150,000 wreaths with balsam boughs harvested from state forest lands.</p>
<p>The estimated annual sales for Minnesota companies producing holiday wreaths exceed $23 million and Minnesota’s public lands support a large share of this economic activity.</p>
<p>Each holiday season, half a million Christmas trees are harvested from private tree farms in Minnesota, contributing about $30 million to the state’s economy. For each tree harvested, one to three trees are planted. Real Christmas trees store carbon during their lifespan. They can be chipped for mulch when the season is over, making them an environmentally friendly choice.<br />
More information and details on viewing the tree is on the state <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/forestry/state-christmas-tree.html">Christmas tree page</a>.</p>
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		<title>DNR to host employment seminar for military veterans</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/16/dnr-to-host-employment-seminar-for-military-veterans/</link>
		<pubDate>Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:02:44 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting a veteran employment seminar Jan. 3 in St. Paul. Many veterans want to work in a natural resources environment, and many military skills translate into DNR positions.  “If you’ve served in the &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/16/dnr-to-host-employment-seminar-for-military-veterans/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting a veteran employment seminar Jan. 3 in St. Paul. Many veterans want to work in a natural resources environment, and many military skills translate into DNR positions. <span id="more-20224"></span></p>
<p>“If you’ve served in the military, you probably have a lot of experience in many of our professional areas,” said Don Matthys, DNR management resources regional supervisor and U.S. Army retired.</p>
<p>At the seminar veterans will have the opportunity to talk to DNR staff who work in the areas of logistics, fisheries and wildlife, informational technology, GIS and mapping, forestry, operations, communications, safety, real estate forestry, enforcement, human resources, engineering and landscape architecture and more. It’s a chance to find out from those who work it every day what the different job responsibilities include, education requirements, and how military work experience translates.</p>
<p>Human resources staff will provide information on how to apply for DNR jobs, set up job searches, and receive job posting notifications.</p>
<p>Veterans will also be on hand to answer questions about how to successfully juggle military – civilian commitments. Information on DNR veteran support resources will also be available.</p>
<p>“I can’t imagine a more military friendly employer,” said John Peterson, DNR emergency planner and currently serving with the 2-135th Infantry MN National Guard. “The DNR has always been incredibly supportive of my service in the National Guard.”</p>
<p>This event is free and will be at the DNR Headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55101. Space is limited so, registration is required. Register for a time slot between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Go to: <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTcxMTE2LjgxMDI2NTUxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE3MTExNi44MTAyNjU1MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDY4MjE5JmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;102&amp;&amp;&amp;http://tinyurl.com/dnrvets2018?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">http://tinyurl.com/dnrvets2018.</a></p>
<p>Veterans will receive a welcome packet with additional information when registration is confirmed.</p>
<p>The DNR is Yellow Ribbon Company – a veteran friendly employer.</p>
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		<title>DNR releases draft Little Rock Creek Area plan for public review</title>
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		<pubDate>Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:01:36 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Comments accepted through Dec. 22 The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released a public review draft of a five-year action plan for the sustainable use of groundwater in the Little Rock Creek Area, in central Minnesota, south of Little &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/16/dnr-releases-draft-little-rock-creek-area-plan-for-public-review/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
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<p>The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released a public review draft of a five-year action plan for the sustainable use of groundwater in the Little Rock Creek Area, in central Minnesota, south of Little Falls. <span id="more-20222"></span></p>
<p>The plan and a feedback survey are available on the DNR <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTcxMTE2LjgxMDI2NTUxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE3MTExNi44MTAyNjU1MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDY4MjE5JmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;100&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/littlerock?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">Little Rock Creek Area webpage</a> at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTcxMTE2LjgxMDI2NTUxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE3MTExNi44MTAyNjU1MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDY4MjE5JmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;101&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/littlerock?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">www.mndnr.gov/littlerock</a>. Comments will be accepted through Dec. 22.</p>
<p>The DNR launched the planning process in response to evidence that groundwater use was affecting the quality of Little Rock Creek, a designated trout stream. Well pumping tests in the area indicated that groundwater use was depleting the stream.</p>
<p>A statewide watershed health assessment indicated that water appropriation in the Little Rock Creek Area was high. Additionally, a Minnesota Pollution Control analysis found that cumulative groundwater use across the area was reducing stream flow.</p>
<p>The DNR’s draft plan is designed to ensure that groundwater use in the Little Rock Creek Area will continue to support local economies, be protective of the environment and provide for continued outdoor recreation. The DNR created an advisory team that included local irrigators, residents and government officials so the agency could hear and consider different perspectives as the plan was developed.</p>
<p>The DNR will host a public meeting Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Little Falls Community Middle School Commons, 1000 1st Ave. NE, Little Falls. DNR staff will answer questions and provide opportunities for comment on the draft plan. More details will be available closer to the event.</p>
<p>“The DNR recognizes the importance of groundwater to agricultural irrigators, livestock operators, small businesses, municipalities and individual families in the Little Rock Creek Area,” DNR project manager Mark Hauck said. “Groundwater is the source of domestic water for nearly 6,000 local residents. As the area’s economy and population continue to develop and grow, groundwater will become even more important.”</p>
<p>The draft action plan lays out the steps that the DNR will be taking over the next five years to better understand the relationship between groundwater use and the ecosystems of Little Rock Creek and work with people from the area on ways to manage water use in the future. No permit modifications will be made during this period.</p>
<p>In addition to the public meeting, questions may be addressed to Mark Hauck at <a href="mailto:mark.hauck@state.mn.us">mark.hauck@state.mn.us</a> or 320-223-7846.</p>
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		<title>7 deer test presumptive positive  in southeast&#8217;s CWD management zone</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/15/7-deer-test-presumptive-positive-in-southeasts-cwd-management-zone/</link>
		<pubDate>Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:09:46 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Final results for area 603 expected this week Preliminary tests show that seven deer harvested in southeastern Minnesota&#8217;s disease management zone during the first firearms deer season may be infected with chronic wasting disease.  Hunters harvested three of the seven &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/15/7-deer-test-presumptive-positive-in-southeasts-cwd-management-zone/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><em>Final results for area 603 expected this week</em></p>
<p>Preliminary tests show that seven deer harvested in southeastern Minnesota&#8217;s disease management zone during the first firearms deer season may be infected with chronic wasting disease. <span id="more-20212"></span></p>
<p>Hunters harvested three of the seven suspect deer near Preston in deer permit area 603, where 11 other deer tested positive during last year’s CWD surveillance efforts. Three others were harvested in Forestville-Mystery Cave State Park, which is still within area 603 but west of the core disease area. The remaining deer was harvested east of Wykoff and north of the park.</p>
<p>Test results from deer permit areas surrounding 603 aren’t yet available and must be analyzed to assess the full extent of the disease and whether or not it has spread outside of the disease management zone.</p>
<p>Once all sampling is completed and test results received, the Department of Natural Resources will follow its CWD response plan and determine next steps, which may include boundary changes to area 603 and additional deer hunting opportunities for the public or landowners.</p>
<p>Lou Cornicelli, DNR wildlife research manager, said it isn’t clear whether the additional positives indicate a westward expansion of the disease or individual deer movements, given all the presumptive positive deer were adult males.</p>
<p><strong>Testing continues on suspect deer and in 603 </strong></p>
<p>CWD testing is a two-step process.  The initial tissue sample is analyzed to determine if the animal is presumptive positive.  A final test is completed on all presumptive positive samples to confirm if the animal is infected with the disease.</p>
<p>The DNR expects final test results and disease confirmations for all seven deer soon. Those results and any future positives in area 603 will be posted on the DNR website at <a href="http://mndnr.gov/cwdcheck#results">mndnr.gov/cwdcheck</a>.</p>
<p>Since the archery deer season began in mid-September, 700 samples have been collected in area 603. Hunters brought in 499 of those samples during the first firearms deer season, which began Nov. 4 and concluded Nov. 12. Results are pending on 40 of those deer.</p>
<p>“The DNR wants to thank hunters who submitted samples over opening weekend,” said Jim Leach, DNR Fish and Wildlife Division director. “Compliance was very high, suggesting hunters view this as a very important issue.”</p>
<p>Hunters are reminded that mandatory testing of all adult deer harvested in area 603 continues throughout the 3B season (which starts Saturday, Nov. 18 and concludes Sunday, Nov. 26), as well during the remaining archery, muzzleloader and late seasons. Check stations are located in Preston and Chatfield.</p>
<p>The DNR also will open voluntary surveillance stations from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 18-19 in Rushford and Houston.  The DNR encourages hunters who harvest deer around the disease management zone, in deer permit areas 343, 345, 346, 347, 348 and 349, to participate in voluntary sampling at these locations in order to collect as many samples as possible.</p>
<p>Check the DNR’s website, <a href="http://mndnr.gov/cwd">mndnr.gov/cwd</a>, for specific information on check station locations, additional CWD information and DNR efforts to keep Minnesota deer healthy.</p>
<p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, to date, there have been no reported cases of CWD infection in people. However, the CDC advises people not to eat meat from animals known to have CWD. Go to <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/prions/cwd/">www.cdc.gov</a> for more information.</p>
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		<title>Hunters register 145,054 deer through  second weekend of season</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/14/hunters-register-145054-deer-through-second-weekend-of-season/</link>
		<pubDate>Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:53:38 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Harvest up 10 percent Minnesota firearms hunters registered 145,054 deer through the second weekend of deer season, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Preliminary results through the second weekend show that the number of deer registered was up 10 &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/14/hunters-register-145054-deer-through-second-weekend-of-season/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><em>Harvest up 10 percent</em></p>
<p>Minnesota firearms hunters registered 145,054 deer through the second weekend of deer season, according to the Department of Natural Resources. <span id="more-20210"></span></p>
<p>Preliminary results through the second weekend show that the number of deer registered was up 10 percent from 2016. Of the deer harvested, 54 percent were bucks, compared to 63 percent during the same period in 2016.</p>
<p>In Zone 1, in northeastern Minnesota, total firearms harvest was up 25 percent. In Zone 2, which covers the majority of the state and runs from Canada to Iowa, harvest was up 6 percent and Zone 3, in southeastern Minnesota, was down 12 percent.</p>
<p>“It appears as though deer harvest improved substantially since the first weekend,” said Steve Merchant, wildlife populations and regulations manager. “Getting more corn out of the fields and a bit drier weather likely helped.”</p>
<p>Based upon the number of antlerless permits available and the number of permit areas that allow multiple deer to be taken, the DNR is projecting the 2017 total deer harvest to be around 200,000. The 2016 total harvest was 173,213.</p>
<p>In much of Minnesota, the firearms deer season ended Nov. 12. Additional deer will be harvested during the northern rifle zone season, which continues through Sunday, Nov. 19; the late southeast season, which runs Saturday, Nov. 18, through Sunday, Nov. 26; and the muzzleloader season, which begins Saturday, Nov. 25, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 10. More information on deer management can be found at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/deer?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/deer</a>.</p>
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		<title>DNR seeks designs for Minnesota&#8217;s 2019 turkey stamp</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/13/dnr-seeks-designs-for-minnesotas-2019-turkey-stamp/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:14:24 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2019 Minnesota Wild Turkey Stamp from Monday, Dec. 4, through 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15. The cost of a turkey stamp is included in a turkey license, but pictorial stamps are sold as &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/13/dnr-seeks-designs-for-minnesotas-2019-turkey-stamp/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2019 Minnesota Wild Turkey Stamp from Monday, Dec. 4, through 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15.<span id="more-20208"></span></p>
<p>The cost of a turkey stamp is included in a turkey license, but pictorial stamps are sold as collectables. In the contest, the eastern wild turkey must be the primary focus of the design.</p>
<p>Artists are prohibited from using any photographic or other electronic product as part of their finished entries. Winning artists may issue limited edition prints of the artwork and retain proceeds.</p>
<p>Final judging is open to the public and will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at DNR headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road, in St. Paul. The public is welcome to come and view the winning design 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Dec. 22.</p>
<p>Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to wild turkey habitat management. Extirpated from Minnesota around 1900, wild turkeys now thrive throughout nearly all of Minnesota but the extreme northern forested portions of the state.</p>
<p>For more information on stamp contests, guidelines for submitting work, and to sign up to receive regular email updates on stamp contests, visit <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTcxMTEzLjgwNzk5OTMxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE3MTExMy44MDc5OTkzMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDY3MDY0JmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;102&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/stamps?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/stamps</a>. Contest guidelines are also available from the DNR Information Center by calling 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367.</p>
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		<title>Hunters reminded of whole carcass importation ban</title>
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		<pubDate>Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:13:10 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters who harvest deer, elk, moose or caribou outside of Minnesota that whole carcasses cannot be brought into the state.  The restriction is part of efforts to minimize the opportunity for chronic wasting disease &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/13/hunters-reminded-of-whole-carcass-importation-ban/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters who harvest deer, elk, moose or caribou outside of Minnesota that whole carcasses cannot be brought into the state. <span id="more-20206"></span></p>
<p>The restriction is part of efforts to minimize the opportunity for chronic wasting disease to become established in Minnesota.</p>
<p>Only the following cervid parts may be brought into Minnesota:</p>
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<li>Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached.</li>
<li>Meat that is boned-out or that is cut and wrapped (either commercially or privately).</li>
<li>Hides and teeth.</li>
<li>Antlers or clean (no brain tissue attached) skull plates with antlers attached.</li>
<li>Finished taxidermy mounts.</li>
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<p>Meat and trophy handling already are part of the trip planning process so taking the additional steps to minimize CWD risk can be added to that process. Another item to consider is the mount itself, and hunters should make those arrangements in the destination state and have the animal caped before leaving.</p>
<p>Alternatively, hunters can view a video at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTcxMTEzLjgwNzk5OTMxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE3MTExMy44MDc5OTkzMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDY3MDY0JmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;100&amp;&amp;&amp;https://vimeo.com/188542058?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">http://bit.ly/capeyourdeer</a> on how to cape a deer. The same technique can be used on elk or moose. The video also includes helpful information on the carcass importation ban.</p>
<p>Nonresidents transporting whole or partial carcasses on a direct route through Minnesota are exempt from this restriction.</p>
<p>Carcass import information is available at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTcxMTEzLjgwNzk5OTMxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE3MTExMy44MDc5OTkzMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDY3MDY0JmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;101&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.mndnr.gov/deerimports?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/deerimports</a>, in the 2017 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook on page 65 and the questions and answers section on the back cover.</p>
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		<title>Zebra mussels confirmed in  Medicine Lake in Hennepin County</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/09/zebra-mussels-confirmed-in-medicine-lake-in-hennepin-county/</link>
		<pubDate>Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:54:12 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Medicine Lake, northwest of Minneapolis in Hennepin County.  A lakeshore property owner notified the DNR and Three Rivers Park District staff, when a lake service provider business found one &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/09/zebra-mussels-confirmed-in-medicine-lake-in-hennepin-county/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Medicine Lake, northwest of Minneapolis in Hennepin County. <span id="more-20204"></span></p>
<p>A lakeshore property owner notified the DNR and Three Rivers Park District staff, when a lake service provider business found one adult zebra mussel on a dock they were removing from the lake. DNR invasive species staff confirmed two more adult zebra mussels attached to docks at separate locations, indicating a lake-wide presence.</p>
<p>“After at least six years of reports of zebra mussels on Medicine Lake that turned out to be negative, it’s disappointing to make this confirmation,” said DNR invasive species specialist Keegan Lund. “Most people have been highly vigilant in practicing ‘Clean, Drain, Dispose’ to keep zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species out of this and other lakes.”</p>
<p>“The DNR has had several other reports on Minnesota lakes that turned out to be negative in just the past few weeks,” Lund said. “We appreciate the increased engagement of Minnesotans in not only keeping watercraft clean and drained, but also checking docks and boat lifts and letting us know if they see something suspicious.”</p>
<p>Fall is an important time to check for zebra mussels, when docks and boat lifts are being removed from lakes at the end of the season. Look on the posts, wheels and underwater support bars of docks and lifts, as well as any parts of watercraft or equipment that may have been submerged in water for an extended period.</p>
<p>Minnesota law requires that docks and lifts be allowed to dry for at least 21 days before being placed in another body of water, whether aquatic invasive species are present or not.</p>
<p>Whether or not a lake is listed as infested, Minnesota law requires boaters and anglers to:</p>
<ul>
<li><strong>Clean</strong> watercraft of aquatic plants and prohibited invasive species<strong>.</strong></li>
<li><strong>Drain</strong> all water by removing drain plugs and keeping them out during transport<strong>.</strong></li>
<li><strong>Dispose</strong> of unwanted bait in the trash.</li>
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<p>Some invasive species are small and difficult to see at the access. To remove or kill them, take one or more of the following precautions before moving to another waterbody, especially after leaving infested waters:</p>
<ul>
<li>Spray with high-pressure water.</li>
<li>Rinse with very hot water (120 degrees Fahrenheit for at least two minutes or 140 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 10 seconds).</li>
<li>Dry for at least five days.</li>
</ul>
<p>Zebra mussels can compete with native species for food and habitat, cut the feet of swimmers, reduce the performance of boat motors, and cause expensive damage to water intake pipes.</p>
<p>People should <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/ais/contacts.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">contact an area DNR aquatic invasive species specialist</a> if they think they have found zebra mussels or any other invasive species that has not already been confirmed in a lake.</p>
<p>More information is available at <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/aquatic/index.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/ais</a>.</p>
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		<title>Hunters register 70,724 deer  during first weekend of season</title>
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		<pubDate>Tue, 07 Nov 2017 22:15:07 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Harvest up by less than a percent Minnesota firearms hunters registered 70,724 deer during the first two days of deer season, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Preliminary numbers from opening weekend show that the number of deer registered &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/07/hunters-register-70724-deer-during-first-weekend-of-season/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><em>Harvest up by less than a percent</em></p>
<p class="gdp" style="margin: 0in 0in 7.5pt 0in;"><span style="font-family: 'Calibri',sans-serif; color: black;">Minnesota firearms hunters registered 70,724 deer during the first two days of deer season, according to the Department of Natural Resources. </span><span id="more-20202"></span></p>
<p class="gdp" style="margin: 0in 0in 7.5pt 0in;"><span style="font-family: 'Calibri',sans-serif; color: black;">Preliminary numbers from opening weekend show that the number of deer registered was essentially the same as from 2016. Of the deer harvested, 57 percent were bucks, compared to 67 percent of the first weekend harvest of 2016.</span></p>
<p class="gdp" style="margin: 0in 0in 7.5pt 0in;"><span style="font-family: 'Calibri',sans-serif; color: black;">In Zone 1, in northeastern Minnesota, total firearms harvest was up 16 percent. In Zone 2, which covers the majority of the state and runs from Canada to Iowa, harvest was down 5 percent and Zone 3, in southeastern Minnesota, was down 20 percent.</span></p>
<p class="gdp" style="margin: 0in 0in 7.5pt 0in;"><span style="font-family: 'Calibri',sans-serif; color: black;">“We expected to see an increased harvest this year, and that appears to be so in Zone 1. In the other zones where the first weekend harvest is off, it could be that the amount of standing corn negatively affected deer harvest,” said Steve Merchant, wildlife populations and regulations manager. “If that is the case, we should see improved deer harvest as more corn is harvested.”</span></p>
<p class="gdp" style="margin: 0in 0in 7.5pt 0in;"><span style="font-family: 'Calibri',sans-serif; color: black;">Based upon the number of antlerless permits available and the number of permit areas that allow multiple deer to be taken, the DNR is projecting the 2017 total deer harvest to be around 200,000. The 2016 total harvest was 173,213.</span></p>
<p class="gdp" style="margin: 0in 0in 7.5pt 0in;"><span style="font-family: 'Calibri',sans-serif; color: black;">In much of Minnesota, the deer season continues through Sunday, Nov. 12. Additional deer will be harvested during the northern rifle zone season, which continues through Sunday, Nov. 19; the late southeast season, which runs Saturday, Nov. 18, through Sunday, Nov. 26; and the muzzleloader season, which begins Saturday, Nov. 25, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 10. More information on deer management can be found at <a style="-ms-word-break: break-all; word-break: break-word; -webkit-hyphens: none; -moz-hyphens: none; hyphens: none;" href="http://www.mndnr.gov/deer?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term="><span style="color: #0062b2;">mndnr.gov/deer</span></a>.   </span></p>
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		<title>DNR seeks applications to serve on Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/06/dnr-seeks-applications-to-serve-on-aquatic-invasive-species-advisory-committee/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 06 Nov 2017 19:47:31 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving on the statewide Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Advisory Committee. The committee was established in January 2013 to help guide the department’s AIS activities. Members provide advice &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/06/dnr-seeks-applications-to-serve-on-aquatic-invasive-species-advisory-committee/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving on the statewide Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Advisory Committee.<span id="more-20199"></span></p>
<p>The committee was established in January 2013 to help guide the department’s AIS activities.</p>
<p>Members provide advice and a diverse perspective to the DNR invasive species program. Responsibilities include reviewing reports, preparing comments and participating in eight meetings a year in a central Minnesota location. Applications are due by Nov. 21.</p>
<p>Aquatic invasive species are one of the state’s most pressing natural resource issues. Preventing the spread of zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil, invasive carp, starry stonewort and other invasive plants and animals is of critical environmental, recreational and economic importance.</p>
<p>DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr seeks to continue building strong relationships with AIS stakeholders. The insights and perspectives of individuals, citizen organizations and local governments have been very helpful in guiding DNR AIS activities.</p>
<p>The DNR AIS Advisory Committee comprises 15 individuals appointed by the commissioner for terms of up to four years. Questions in the brief application reflect the DNR’s desire to have a well-rounded committee. Members have a range of personal and professional experience with AIS issues, including prevention, decontamination, public awareness and control activities. Similarly, the DNR seeks representation from different parts of the state, as well as a diversity of ages, genders, ethnicities, recreational interests and education. The committee also reflects the range of private, nonprofit and public sector organizations that are actively engaged in AIS issues.</p>
<p>The DNR commissioner determines all appointments. Appointees may request mileage reimbursement, but they are not paid or eligible for per diem. They must abide by requirements pertaining to potential conflicts of interest. Advisory committee work can be a significant time commitment. Applicants should be prepared to make a four-year commitment.</p>
<p><strong>HOW TO APPLY</strong></p>
<p>Applications will be accepted <a href="http://survey.mn.gov/s.asp?k=150974359669">online.</a></p>
<p>Advisory committee data are classified as private under Minnesota Statutes, section 13.601, subd.3, except for what is specifically listed in statute as public.</p>
<p>For more information, contact Heidi Wolf, 651-259-5152, <a href="mailto:heidi.wolf@state.mn.us">heidi.wolf@state.mn.us</a>; or Ann Pierce, 651-259-5119, <a href="mailto:ann.pierce@state.mn.us">ann.pierce@state.mn.us</a>.</p>
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		<title>New benefit helps military personnel, vets combat stress with nature therapy</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/06/new-benefit-helps-military-personnel-vets-combat-stress-with-nature-therapy/</link>
		<pubDate>Mon, 06 Nov 2017 19:45:59 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Active military personnel in any branch or unit of the United States armed forces and veterans with a service-related disability are now eligible to receive a free year-round vehicle permit, providing unlimited access to all 75 Minnesota state parks and &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/06/new-benefit-helps-military-personnel-vets-combat-stress-with-nature-therapy/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Active military personnel in any branch or unit of the United States armed forces and veterans with a service-related disability are now eligible to receive a free year-round vehicle permit, providing unlimited access to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas. <span id="more-20197"></span></p>
<p>“If you’re wondering how to say ‘thanks for serving’ to a veteran in your life, consider inviting him or her to spend time outdoors with you,” said Erika Rivers, director the Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division. “Visiting a Minnesota state park can provide a healthy dose of nature therapy.”</p>
<p>These new benefits were approved by state lawmakers during the 2017 Minnesota Legislative session (Minnesota statutes, section 85.053, subdivisions 8 and 10).</p>
<p>Studies done by the <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTcxMTA2LjgwNDYwOTMxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE3MTEwNi44MDQ2MDkzMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDY1Mjk1JmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;101&amp;&amp;&amp;http://warriorinstitute.org/?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">Warrior Institute</a>, <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTcxMTA2LjgwNDYwOTMxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE3MTEwNi44MDQ2MDkzMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDY1Mjk1JmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;102&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.outwardbound.org?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">Outward Bound</a>, <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTcxMTA2LjgwNDYwOTMxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE3MTEwNi44MDQ2MDkzMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDY1Mjk1JmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;103&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/military?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">Sierra Club</a> and others show that outdoor recreation enhances a person&#8217;s emotional, physical and physiological well-being.</p>
<p>Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the leading injury for American veterans. An estimated 30 percent of Vietnam War veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime, and 20 percent of the veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom have PTSD in a given year, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It is estimated that less than 30 percent of veterans with mental health issues, however, will seek help.</p>
<p>“For whatever reason—the stigma, the expense, or something else—people in general find it difficult to seek treatment for mental health issues,” said Kacie Carlson, northeast region naturalist for the Parks and Trails Division. “They may, however, willingly visit a park or trail, which can help combat stress and improve well-being.”</p>
<p>Carlson recently attended a conference on nature-based resiliency-building for members of the armed forces, veterans and their families. She hopes to see more veterans take advantage of the health benefits available to them in the outdoors.</p>
<p>“We as outdoor recreation managers hold the recipe for a very effective prescription for wellness: the outdoors,” she said.</p>
<p>There will be a special program on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Whitewater State Park (near Winona) about the <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTcxMTA2LjgwNDYwOTMxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE3MTEwNi44MDQ2MDkzMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDY1Mjk1JmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;104&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/event.html?id=52830&amp;utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">POW camp</a> at the park that was once home to German prisoners of war. (What did they do here? Where did they go? What was life like being a prisoner? Did they cause mischief?)</p>
<p>To see all of the licenses, permits and passes that are available to military personnel and veterans, and the form of identification that an individual needs to show, visit <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTcxMTA2LjgwNDYwOTMxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE3MTEwNi44MDQ2MDkzMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDY1Mjk1JmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;105&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/military/index.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">www.mndnr.gov</a>.</p>
<p>The DNR is recognized as a <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTcxMTA2LjgwNDYwOTMxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE3MTEwNi44MDQ2MDkzMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDY1Mjk1JmVtYWlsaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9anVsaWUuZm9yc3RlckBzdGF0ZS5tbi51cyZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;107&amp;&amp;&amp;http://mnbtyr.ng.mil/Pages/Yellow-Ribbon-Companies.aspx?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">Yellow Ribbon Company</a> for its support of active and retired military personnel and their families.</p>
<p>For more information, contact the DNR Information Center at <a href="mailto:info.dnr@state.mn.us">info.dnr@state.mn.us</a> or 888-646-6367 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday).</p>
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		<title>Upper Red Lake winter walleye regulations announced</title>
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		<pubDate>Mon, 06 Nov 2017 19:44:18 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Anglers fishing Upper Red Lake in northwestern Minnesota this winter will be able to keep four walleye of which only one may be longer than 17 inches, the Department of Natural Resources said.  This same regulation has been in effect &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/06/upper-red-lake-winter-walleye-regulations-announced/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Anglers fishing Upper Red Lake in northwestern Minnesota this winter will be able to keep four walleye of which only one may be longer than 17 inches, the Department of Natural Resources said. <span id="more-20195"></span></p>
<p>This same regulation has been in effect since the walleye fishing opener in May, but this will be the first winter season with the combination of a four fish bag limit and one over 17 inches allowed.</p>
<p>“Harvest under a three fish bag limit last year resulted in approximately 109,000 pounds for the winter season,” said Gary Barnard, DNR area fisheries supervisor in Bemidji. “Total harvest for the past winter and summer seasons combined was below the target harvest range so there is room for additional harvest this year.”</p>
<p>Red Lake walleye harvest is managed under a joint harvest plan, revised in 2015 by the Red Lakes Fisheries Technical Committee.</p>
<p>“The new harvest plan recommends a more aggressive approach when spawning stock is in surplus, as it currently is,” Barnard said. “The extra fish in the daily bag this winter is expected to increase winter harvest, and allowing one fish over 17 inches meets our harvest plan objectives by spreading harvest over a wide range of sizes and removing some of the surplus spawning stock.”</p>
<p>More information on Red Lake fishing regulations are available at the fishing regulations <a href="http://mndnr.gov/regulations/fishing">webpage</a>.</p>
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		<title>Mille Lacs winter anglers allowed 1 walleye</title>
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		<pubDate>Fri, 03 Nov 2017 20:26:25 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Annual fall surveys support conservative harvest decision Mille Lacs Lake walleye fishing will open on Friday, Dec. 1, with no bait restrictions and a limit of one walleye 20-22 inches or one longer than 28 inches.  “We’re glad results of &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/03/mille-lacs-winter-anglers-allowed-1-walleye/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
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<p>Mille Lacs Lake walleye fishing will open on Friday, Dec. 1, with no bait restrictions and a limit of one walleye 20-22 inches or one longer than 28 inches. <span id="more-20193"></span></p>
<p>“We’re glad results of fall population survey show Mille Lacs anglers will be able to keep some walleye during the winter walleye season,” said Don Pereira, fisheries section chief for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “We know this is important to resorts and businesses because the ice fishing season contributes a lot to the local economy.”</p>
<p>The DNR selected the size regulations to protect Mille Lacs’ walleye spawning population, which is largely comprised of walleyes hatched in 2013 (also known as a year class). Those fish currently range from 15 to 19 inches in length and represented about 40 percent of the walleyes sampled during this fall’s population survey.</p>
<p>Since the 2013 year class now is nearly fully mature, the DNR determined anglers could keep older and larger fish, something some anglers have been suggesting and requesting. In recent years, conservative regulations on Mille Lacs have protected the younger spawners to-be so they can replace the older spawners, which is necessary to sustain the population.</p>
<p>The DNR and members of the Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee did discuss setting the large fish limit at 26 inches. But feedback suggested that keeping those fish in the lake was preferred because the possibility of catching walleye 26 to 28 inches makes Mille Lacs an attractive destination. There also was concern that a 26-inch limit could result in a higher harvest level that would count against the 2018 allocation.</p>
<p><strong>Insights from annual fall surveys</strong><br />
Mille Lacs fall walleye population survey, known as an “assessment,” showed that the 2013 year class continues to dominate the population. The catch of walleye hatched in 2014, 2015 and 2016 was below average. Fish hatched this spring were caught in good numbers but it’s uncertain if those numbers will remain as the 2017 year class progresses through its first, second and third years.</p>
<p>“During the past 15 years, our studies show fewer and fewer young walleye surviving to their third year,” Pereira said. “Young fish not surviving has put Mille Lacs’ walleye population in the unfortunate situation it is now. Whatever is causing that mortality is the root problem.”</p>
<p>The assessment also looks at food abundance and walleye health. Perch 1-2 years old were caught in low numbers and the number of young-of-year perch was above average. The number of young-of-year tullibee caught was near average.</p>
<p>Perch and tullibee are the primary food source for Mille Lacs’ walleye, which are showing negative effects from a lack of adequate food. That shortage may be driving the hot walleye bite anglers have experienced on Mille Lacs.</p>
<p>Complete winter regulation information for Mille Lacs Lake is available on the DNR website at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/millelacslake?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/millelacslake</a>.</p>
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		<title>Whitefish, tullibee sport-netting to open on Shagawa, Bear Island, Ojibway lakes</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/03/whitefish-tullibee-sport-netting-to-open-on-shagawa-bear-island-ojibway-lakes/</link>
		<pubDate>Fri, 03 Nov 2017 19:24:42 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Dates have been set for recreational netting for whitefish and tullibee (cisco) on Shagawa, Bear Island and Ojibway lakes in the Tower fisheries work area, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. These lakes are Schedule I Lakes, which &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/03/whitefish-tullibee-sport-netting-to-open-on-shagawa-bear-island-ojibway-lakes/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Dates have been set for recreational netting for whitefish and tullibee (cisco) on Shagawa, Bear Island and Ojibway lakes in the Tower fisheries work area, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. <span id="more-20191"></span></p>
<p>These lakes are Schedule I Lakes, which are more susceptible to sudden changes that impact water temperatures, and are opened and closed on a 48-hour notice posted at lake accesses, other public places, and the DNR website.</p>
<p><strong>Schedule I Lakes (48 hour notice)</strong></p>
<ul>
<li>Shagawa, open to netting Sunday, Nov. 5  through Monday, Nov. 27, 2017  (minimum 3.5 inch mesh size)</li>
<li>Bear Island &amp; Ojibway lakes, open to netting Saturday, Nov. 18 through Saturday, Dec. 18, 2017 (minimum 1.75 inch mesh size)</li>
</ul>
<p>Shagawa Lake is designated as infested with spiny waterflea so netters are encouraged to review rules that help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.</p>
<p>Fishing regulations require that:</p>
<ul>
<li>Netters purchase both a whitefish netting license and angling license.</li>
<li>A person may use only one gill net, not exceeding 100 feet in length and 3 feet in width.</li>
<li>One end of net must have a pole, stake, or buoy projecting at least two feet above the surface of the water or ice.</li>
<li>Nets must have an identification tag attached near the first float of the end that is projecting from the surface of the water or ice.</li>
<li>Identification tags must be a minimum of 2 ½ inches by 5/8 inch permanently bearing the name and address of the owner. Identification tags for marking nets are provided by the owner.</li>
<li>Nets may not be set after sunset or raised before sunrise.</li>
<li>All gill nets must be set and lifted by the licensee only. Anyone assisting in the taking of whitefish or ciscoes must have proper licensing.</li>
<li>Nets must be tended at least once every 24 hours and all gamefish and non-target species must be immediately released from the net.</li>
<li>A net may not be set in any water deeper than six feet.</li>
<li>A net may not be set within 50 feet of another net.</li>
<li>Minimum gill net mesh size shall be no less than 1-3/4 or 3-1/2 inch stretch measure depending on the lake (see full list of lake and size regulations online).</li>
<li>Nets used in designated infested waters must be dried for a minimum of 10 days or frozen for 2 days before using in a different water body. Nets should be dried for 10 days or frozen for 2 before moving from any lake to another.</li>
<li>Nets used in spiny water flea and/or zebra mussel infested waters should be not used in any other waterbody</li>
<li>Nets should be transported in sealed container.</li>
<li>Whitefish and ciscoes taken by sport gill-netting may not be bought or sold.</li>
<li>Whitefish and ciscoes taken by sport gill-netting may not be used as bait.</li>
<li>Within the Leech Lake Reservation boundaries, the possession limit for whitefish taken by sport gill-netting is 25, and the possession limit for ciscoes taken by sport gill-netting is 50.</li>
<li>Net placement should not inhibit use of the lake by other boaters.</li>
</ul>
<p>About 700 people obtain special permits to net for whitefish-tullibee each year. The DNR bases netting schedules on expected water temperatures, fish abundance and vulnerability of game fish. As the water temperature cools, game fish head to deeper water and whitefish-tullibee come to shallow water for fall spawning.  Netting is allowed when there is little chance that game fish populations would be negatively impacted by recreational netting in shallow water.</p>
<p>Find information about sport netting by lake, minimum mesh sizes, and fishing regulations at</p>
<p><a href="http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/rlp/regulations/fishing/whitefish-tullibee.pdf">http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/rlp/regulations/fishing/whitefish-tullibee.pdf</a> or contact the DNR’s Tower area office at 650 Highway 169, Tower, MN 55790, or call 218-300-7802.</p>
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		<title>Zebra mussels confirmed in  Stearns County&#8217;s Knaus Lake</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/02/zebra-mussels-confirmed-in-stearns-countys-knaus-lake/</link>
		<pubDate>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 18:58:34 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Knaus Lake, southwest of St. Cloud in Stearns County.  DNR invasive species specialists confirmed two adult zebra mussels on a dock and an adjacent water intake pipe in Knaus &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/02/zebra-mussels-confirmed-in-stearns-countys-knaus-lake/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Knaus Lake, southwest of St. Cloud in Stearns County. <span id="more-20187"></span></p>
<p>DNR invasive species specialists confirmed two adult zebra mussels on a dock and an adjacent water intake pipe in Knaus Lake, and three more attached to docks at the Lions Park public access to the Sauk River, downstream of Knaus Lake in Cold Spring. The DNR will continue monitoring the area next spring and summer.</p>
<p>Fall is an important time to check for zebra mussels, when docks and boat lifts are being removed from lakes at the end of the season. Look on the posts, wheels and underwater support bars of docks and lifts, as well as any parts of watercraft or equipment that may have been submerged in water for an extended period.</p>
<p>Minnesota law requires that docks and lifts be allowed to dry for at least 21 days before being placed in another body of water, whether aquatic invasive species are present or not.</p>
<p>Whether or not a lake is listed as infested, Minnesota law requires boaters and anglers to:</p>
<ul>
<li><strong>Clean</strong> watercraft of aquatic plants and prohibited invasive species.</li>
<li><strong>Drain</strong> all water by removing drain plugs and keeping them out during transport.</li>
<li><strong>Dispose</strong> of unwanted bait in the trash.</li>
</ul>
<p>Some invasive species are small and difficult to see at the access. To remove or kill them, take one or more of the following precautions before moving to another waterbody, especially after leaving infested waters:</p>
<ul>
<li>Spray with high-pressure water.</li>
<li>Rinse with very hot water (120 degrees Fahrenheit for at least two minutes or 140 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 10 seconds).</li>
<li>Dry for at least five days.</li>
</ul>
<p>Zebra mussels can compete with native species for food and habitat, cut the feet of swimmers, reduce the performance of boat motors, and cause expensive damage to water intake pipes.</p>
<p>People should <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/ais/contacts.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">contact an area DNR aquatic invasive species specialist</a> if they think they have found zebra mussels or any other invasive species that has not already been confirmed in a lake.</p>
<p>More information is available at <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/aquatic/index.html?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/ais</a>.</p>
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		<title>DNR names acting big game program coordinator</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/02/dnr-names-acting-big-game-program-coordinator/</link>
		<pubDate>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:32:34 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Erik Thorson, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Park Rapids area wildlife supervisor, has accepted a temporary assignment to oversee the agency’s while-tailed deer and other big game programs.  Thorson officially begins his new position on Wednesday, Nov. 15, but &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/02/dnr-names-acting-big-game-program-coordinator/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Erik Thorson, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Park Rapids area wildlife supervisor, has accepted a temporary assignment to oversee the agency’s while-tailed deer and other big game programs. <span id="more-20182"></span></p>
<p><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-20183" src="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/-4-197x300." alt="" width="197" height="300" srcset="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/-4-197x300. 197w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/-4-49x75. 49w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/-4-768x1171. 768w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/-4-393x600. 393w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/-4 1343w" sizes="(max-width: 197px) 100vw, 197px" />Thorson officially begins his new position on Wednesday, Nov. 15, but will begin handling some responsibilities, including media contacts, immediately preceding the opening weekend of this year’s deer season on Saturday, Nov. 4.</p>
<p>The big game program leader manages deer and elk populations and harvest seasons, and works with groups and individuals to manage seasons and populations to address the expectations of a diverse public.</p>
<p>He has been a member of the DNR’s Deer Management Committee since 2005. Thorson led the DNR’s deer goal-setting process for north-central Minnesota in 2006 and was a DNR liaison during the 2015 goal-setting process. As a wildlife supervisor and assistant supervisor, he has been involved in deer season setting each year.</p>
<p>He coordinated chronic wasting disease sampling efforts in the DNR’s northwest region in 2004 and has assisted with bovine tuberculosis control and sampling in northwestern Minnesota. Thorson will be overseeing a CWD sampling station during mandatory firearms season testing this coming weekend.</p>
<p>“Eric will be a valuable asset to the big game program given his experience managing deer, his membership on the deer committee and the knowledge gained from his work with DNR,” said Paul Telander, DNR wildlife section chief.</p>
<p>Thorson began his DNR career in 2001 as a private lands specialist. He served as Park Rapids assistant area wildlife manager from 2001-2006 and regional forest wildlife coordinator from 2006-2014. He has been acting Park Rapids area wildlife supervisor since March 2014.</p>
<p>This is the second time Thorson has served as acting big game coordinator. He also filled the post from February to June 2012.</p>
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		<title>Celebrate National Bison Day at Blue Mounds and Minneopa state parks</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/02/celebrate-national-bison-day-at-blue-mounds-and-minneopa-state-parks/</link>
		<pubDate>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:28:37 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[The public is invited to participate in National Bison Day events on Nov. 4 at two Minnesota state parks, according to the Department of Natural Resources.   DNR naturalists will be on hand to answer questions during events at Blue Mounds &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/02/celebrate-national-bison-day-at-blue-mounds-and-minneopa-state-parks/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The public is invited to participate in National Bison Day events on Nov. 4 at two Minnesota state parks, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  <span id="more-20177"></span></p>
<p><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-20180" src="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/-3-300x121." alt="" width="300" height="121" srcset="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/-3-300x121. 300w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/-3-75x30. 75w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/-3-768x309. 768w, http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/-3-600x241. 600w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />DNR naturalists will be on hand to answer questions during events at Blue Mounds and Minneopa state parks.</p>
<p>In May 2016, Congress adopted the bison as the national mammal of the United States. National Bison Day is celebrated the first Saturday of November to recognize this important animal.</p>
<p>“This is a great opportunity to celebrate the Minnesota Bison Conservation Herd,” said DNR regional naturalist Alexander Watson. “Visitors can learn about North America’s largest mammal, and also our efforts to protect it.”</p>
<p>Visitors at Blue Mounds State Park have a chance to see the newest addition to the Minnesota Bison Conservation Herd. A bull was recently introduced to the herd at the park. The two-year-old bull is a descendent of the herd at Yellowstone National Park. That herd has highly sought-after genetics.</p>
<p>Getting a bull from Yellowstone is difficult since the National Park Service does not allow the removal of bison that live there. To obtain this bull, researchers at Colorado State University in Fort Collins used artificial insemination, resulting in the birth of this bull.</p>
<p>“The addition of the Yellowstone bull is another large step for the Minnesota Bison Conservation Herd,” Watson said. “Genetics from the Yellowstone population are not currently represented in our herd. Diverse genetics allow for healthier populations. The introduction of this breeding bull’s genetics will reinforce the mission of the Minnesota Bison Conservation Herd, which is to preserve the bison for future generations.”</p>
<p>The Yellowstone bull’s genetics are desirable for three reasons. First, Yellowstone genetics are mostly missing in the Minnesota Bison Conservation Herd. Secondly, the Yellowstone herd is not known to have cattle genes. And finally, the Yellowstone herd is one of the few bison herds where nature has shaped its genetics, not human breeding programs.</p>
<p>Less than 1 percent of all American plains bison tested so far have been found to be free of cattle genes. Genetic testing on Minnesota’s bison herd between 2011 and 2014 found them to be largely free of any genetic material that would have come from cross-breeding cattle.</p>
<p>The bison at Blue Mounds and Minneopa state parks are part of the Minnesota Bison Conservation Herd, which is managed through a formal agreement between the DNR and Minnesota Zoo. The partners are working together to preserve American plains bison and plan to grow the herd at several locations including Blue Mounds State Park, Minneopa State Park and the Minnesota Zoo. The goal is a 500-animal herd at multiple locations.</p>
<p>Schedule of events:</p>
<p><strong>Blue Mounds State Park:</strong><br />
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.</p>
<ul>
<li>Viewing platform across from cart-in camp sites.</li>
<li>Self-guided tour, but park naturalist will be available for questions.</li>
<li>Park will have limited number of binoculars for guests to borrow.</li>
<li>Parking available at cart-in sites.</li>
</ul>
<p>More information is on the <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/event.html?id=54750">event page</a>.</p>
<p><strong>Minneopa State Park:</strong><br />
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.</p>
<ul>
<li>Naturalist to give talk on efforts to save bison and the MN Bison Conservation Herd.</li>
<li>Meet at group campground on campground side of park.</li>
<li>Wear clothing and shoes appropriate for outdoor hiking.</li>
</ul>
<p>More information on the <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/event.html?id=54575">event</a> webpage.</p>
<p>The events are free to the public, but a vehicle permit ($7/one-day or $35/year-round) is required to enter the park.</p>
<p>Find more information on the Minneopa State Park bison herd at <a href="http://mndnr.gov/minneopa-bison?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/minneopa-bison</a>.</p>
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		<title>Minnesota carbon monoxide law receives national recognition</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/02/minnesota-carbon-monoxide-law-receives-national-recognition/</link>
		<pubDate>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:20:33 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Fueled by the tragic loss of a young girl’s life, Minnesota now sets new standards when it comes to carbon monoxide safety while boating. Sophia’s Law requires marine carbon monoxide detectors and warning stickers to be on motorboats with specific &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/02/minnesota-carbon-monoxide-law-receives-national-recognition/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Fueled by the tragic loss of a young girl’s life, Minnesota now sets new standards when it comes to carbon monoxide safety while boating. Sophia’s Law requires marine carbon monoxide detectors and warning stickers to be on motorboats with specific features, while boating on Minnesota waters. The Minnesota law, passed last year, has been receiving national attention for its innovation and multi-agency craftsmanship.<span id="more-20175"></span></p>
<p>With a nomination from the Department of Natural Resources, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators’ (NASBLA) awarded Sen. Melisa Franzen of Edina and Rep. Jerry Hertaus of Greenfield with the William Garner Leadership Award for their efforts in crafting and guiding legislation which gives the state the most stringent carbon monoxide laws in the nation.</p>
<p>“This law will save lives,” said Stan Linnell, the DNR’s boating law administrator. “Sophia’s Law creates awareness to the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning while boating.”</p>
<p>The William Garner Leadership Award recognizes the efforts made by Minnesota lawmakers who worked with Sophia’s parents and the DNR to raise the level of safety on Minnesota waters.”</p>
<p>Sophia’s Law requires motorboats with specific features to install a functioning marine carbon monoxide detection system before operating on Minnesota waters. Three warning stickers are also required on motorboats that have an enclosed occupancy space. Minnesota is the first state in the nation to elevate safety requirements to this level. The law takes effect May 1, 2018.</p>
<p>On the two-year anniversary of his daughter’s death, Ben Baechler, Sophia’s father, thanks those accepting the award and NASBLA for recognizing the importance of Sophia’s Law.</p>
<p>“This is make-sense legislation which helps protect boaters in Minnesota and gives further meaning to the short but complete life of our daughter, Sophia,” Baechler said. “We’re so grateful to everyone who participated in the law making process and look forward to this law expanding in Minnesota and around the country to keep people, especially our children, safe while boating.”</p>
<p>According to NASBLA, the leadership award recognizes the outstanding efforts and achievements of those “who have elevated state or federal policy to heights not previously attained.”</p>
<p>For more information on Sophia’s Law, visit <a href="mndnr.gov/boatingsafety">mndnr.gov/boatingsafety</a>. Additional information about the award is on NASBLA’s <a href="https://www.nasbla.org/nasblamain/about-nasbla/awards/garner-leadership?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">website</a>.</p>
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		<title>Excellent conditions and record hunter success at Camp Ripley</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/02/excellent-conditions-and-record-hunter-success-at-camp-ripley/</link>
		<pubDate>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:19:21 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Archers took 263 deer during this year’s archery hunts in October at Camp Ripley Military Reservation near Little Falls, representing a 132 percent increase from last year’s total harvest.  There were 2,570 permits issued, with 2,011 hunters participating. Although participation &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/02/excellent-conditions-and-record-hunter-success-at-camp-ripley/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Archers took 263 deer during this year’s archery hunts in October at Camp Ripley Military Reservation near Little Falls, representing a 132 percent increase from last year’s total harvest. <span id="more-20173"></span></p>
<p>There were 2,570 permits issued, with 2,011 hunters participating. Although participation declined this year, harvest increased 132 percent from last year’s total take, and participants experienced a record-high success rate of 13.1 percent.</p>
<p>The Central Lakes College Natural Resources Program coordinated morning check-in and provided deer registration services at the hunts, which took place Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 28-29.</p>
<p>“We have a strong partnership with Central Lakes College and the event is a great opportunity to train students pursuing a career in wildlife management,” said Beau Liddell, wildlife manager at Little Falls for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “We also received excellent cooperation from hunters to test their deer for chronic wasting disease that will assist with meeting sampling goals for deer permit area 248.”</p>
<p>Additional CWD testing within the area will occur this coming weekend during the firearms seasons at designated sampling stations, with more information at <a href="http://www.mndnr.gov/cwd?utm_content=&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_name=&amp;utm_source=govdelivery&amp;utm_term=">mndnr.gov/cwd</a>.</p>
<p>The archery hunt at Camp Ripley is an annual event. The DNR coordinates the hunts in collaboration with Central Lakes College Natural Resources Department, and the Department of Military Affairs, which manages the 53,000-acre military reservation.</p>
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		<title>Hunters and other recreationists asked to report bear den locations near Grand Rapids</title>
		<link>http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/01/hunters-and-other-recreationists-asked-to-report-bear-den-locations-near-grand-rapids/</link>
		<pubDate>Wed, 01 Nov 2017 21:32:00 +0000</pubDate>
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				<category><![CDATA[Bear]]></category>
		<category><![CDATA[Bemidji]]></category>
		<category><![CDATA[Grand Rapids]]></category>
		<category><![CDATA[Region 2-NE]]></category>
		<category><![CDATA[Wildlife]]></category>

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		<description><![CDATA[Hunters and other recreationists spending time outdoors this fall are asked to report the locations of occupied bear dens they encounter in and around the Chippewa National Forest, north of Grand Rapids. Bear researchers with the Minnesota Department of Natural &#8230; <a href="http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2017/11/01/hunters-and-other-recreationists-asked-to-report-bear-den-locations-near-grand-rapids/">Full Story</a>]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Hunters and other recreationists spending time outdoors this fall are asked to report the locations of occupied bear dens they encounter in and around the Chippewa National Forest, north of Grand Rapids. Bear researchers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are studying bears in this area using GPS tracking collars and would like to add more animals to the study, to replace those killed in the hunt.<span id="more-20171"></span></p>
<p>The study area is bounded by Lake Wabana on the south, Turtle Lake on the north, Little Bowstring Lake on the west, and Balsam Lake on the east. “If someone comes across a bear in a den in this general area this fall or winter, we’d like to collar it,” said Dave Garshelis, DNR bear project leader. “We also may be potentially interested in an occupied bear den found close to Bemidji.”</p>
<p>The purpose of the study is to examine how bears have responded to changes in the forest since the 1980s. Bear research provides a better understanding of factors that cause populations to change, and in this way enables the DNR to better manage and conserve this species.</p>
<p>Anyone finding a den within the study area is asked to call Andy Tri in Grand Rapids at 218-328-8879, or Laura Gilbert at 218-328-8872.</p>
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