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Minnesota DNR, photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice
Minnesota DNR, photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice
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2012 Was Bad Year for Poachers in Minnesota

2012 was a bad year for poachers in Minnesota. The Department of Natural Resources says a surge in calls to its Turn In Poachers hotline led to a significant increase in poaching arrests.

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Charles & Clint, Flickr
Charles & Clint, Flickr
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Minnesota Deer Harvest Declines 4 Percent

Minnesota's deer harvest declined in 2012 but officials say it was a safe season for people who took to the woods. Final numbers released Monday show that Minnesota hunters killed nearly 185,000 deer, down 4 percent from 2011.

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Minnesota DNR, photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice
Minnesota DNR, photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice
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DNR Says Worker Improperly Accessed License Data

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says it's notifying about 5,000 people after an employee accessed their driving and motor vehicle records without authorization. The agency said in a statement Tuesday that the employee is no longer employed by the DNR. Spokesman Chris Niskanen says he can't elaborate on that.

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DNR to Research Dwindling Minnesota Moose Population

Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources is launching a moose research project in northeastern Minnesota to determine why the state's population of the animal is declining. DNR officials will hold a St. Paul news conference Friday to unveil what they're calling a first-of-its-kind project.

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Minnesota Closing 1st Wolf Season Thursday Evening

Minnesota is closing its inaugural wolf hunting and trapping season in the final remaining zone as of Thursday evening. The Department of Natural Resources says hunters and trappers have now registered 181 wolves killed in the northwestern zone.

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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
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DNR: Ice Still Not Safe on Many Area Lakes

Our recent snow, and colder temperatures, doesn't mean the ice on area lakes is safe. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding you the ice in many parts of the state is still not thick enough for most activities.

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Fisherga, Flickr
Fisherga, Flickr
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Minnesota DNR Proposes Update in Moose Status

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to add moose to the state's endangered species list. The moose population is declining in Minnesota, so the DNR wants to list the animal as a 'species of concern.'

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Cryptowolfe, Flickr
Cryptowolfe, Flickr
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17 Wolves Taken So Far in Late Minnesota Wolf Season

Minnesota hunters killed at least 17 wolves during the opening weekend of the late wolf season, where trappers had their first chance at the animals. According to the Department of Natural Resources, seven wolves were taken in the Northeast Zone as of Sunday evening and 10 in the Northwest Zone.

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Charles & Clint, Flickr
Charles & Clint, Flickr
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Minnesota Deer Kill Drops 7 Percent

Minnesota hunters killed 7 percent fewer deer this firearms season. The Department of Natural Resources says the drop was expected as the DNR increased the number of lottery areas where hunters had to have a permit to shoot a deer without antlers.

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Minnesota DNR
Minnesota DNR
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Burning Restriction Remain for St. Cloud, Area Counties

The DNR has removed burning and campfire restrictions for parts of Minnesota - but not for us. 18 counties in east-central Minnesota remain under the restrictions. The counties include: Benton, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Scherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright.

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