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Outdoors Notebook: DNR to offer webinar Wednesday, July 13, on draft of updated wolf plan

The draft plan also sets out a framework for future decisions about whether to hold a wolf hunting or trapping season.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will take input on the draft of its updated wolf management plan through 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, and has scheduled a webinar for 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, to provide information on the plan.
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ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host a webinar beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, to provide information on the draft of its updated wolf management plan. The webinar is free but registration is required. Participants will have an opportunity to pre-register to ask questions and comment during the webinar.

The updated plan includes summary information about Minnesota’s wolf population and history of wolves in the state. It details the diverse and changing public attitudes about wolves, the legal status of wolves, tribal perspectives on wolves and ways to support a healthy and resilient wolf population while minimizing conflicts between humans and wolves. The draft plan also sets out a framework for future decisions about whether to hold a wolf hunting or trapping season.

The DNR will take comments on the draft plan through 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, and expects to finalize the wolf plan later this year.

– Herald staff report

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Minimize conflicts with bears this summer

ST. PAUL – Is your yard or campsite attractive to bears? In the absence of human-created attractions, bears rely on small, scattered patches of natural foods: specific types of young green vegetation in spring, certain species of ants and ant pupae in June, berries in summer and nuts in fall. But if bears can get access to concentrated, high-calorie, easily accessible foods around people’s homes and campsites, they are quickly enticed away from their natural food sources.

It is important to secure anything that a bear would consider food, the Minnesota DNR said in a news release. Don’t condition bears to associate your home or campsite with an easy meal by leaving out unsecured garbage, birdseed or pet food. Learn more about how to reduce property damage, and the chance of human-bear conflicts, on the DNR website at mndnr.gov/LivingWith_Wildlife/Bears and BearWise online resources at BearWise.org.
– Herald staff report

DNR fishing webpage offers variety of info

ST. PAUL – Anglers with fishing questions can find answers on the DNR’s fishing page at mndnr.gov/Fishing. The page answers questions such as: For which species can I fish? What kind of bait is legal? What kind of fish can I keep? It also is a mobile-friendly destination for information on when, where and how to fish. Users will find links to LakeFinder, which provides maps and detailed information on lakes throughout the state, and the new StreamFinder tool that provides a description, species list, regulations and access information for trout streams throughout Minnesota. The DNR fishing page also includes an online version of Minnesota fishing regulations plus an online version of the 2022 Minnesota Fishing Regulations booklet, which is available in print anywhere DNR licenses are sold.

– Herald staff report

NDGF: Put garbage where it belongs

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds outdoor recreationists to keep it clean this summer by packing out all trash.

All garbage, including used fireworks, should be placed in a proper trash receptacle. If trash cans are full or not available, dispose of trash at home.

It is not uncommon to see garbage piling up around full trash containers. Styrofoam containers are not biodegradable but are often found wedged in cattails, drifting or washed up on shore.

Tires, mattresses and kitchen appliances also have found their way to public use areas. This illegal dumping is costly to clean up and takes a significant toll on the environment. Not only does it spoil the beauty of the land, it destroys habitat, has the potential to pollute North Dakota waters and can injure wildlife.

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– Herald staff report

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