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Are Earthworms a Threat to State Forests?
Earthworms make great fishing bait, but recent research has discovered that they are a threat to Minnesota's forests - making them an invasive species. What sort of damage do they cause?

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What do I do about the bears that visit my bird feeder?
Black bears are curious, persistent animals. During the spring and summer, bears must search for food constantly to put on enough fat to survive the winter. Bears travel over large areas in search of food. Once bears find a food source, they remember its location and return regularly...

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02
Should Minnesota property owners be concerned about snakes?
Snakes can be occasionally spotted sunning themselves on driveways. Should property owner be concerned?

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14
How Do I Keep Critters Out of the Garden?

Whether it’s Canada geese in crops, raccoons in gardens or deer in hay stacks, the list is endless. More often than not, those seeking a means of limiting the disturbance of wildlife on their priority issue usually follow up their concern or complaint with this qualifier: “It’s not that I don’t like the (insert species here), I just don’t like that many or all the problems they bring.”...

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07
How can homeowners deal with nuisance squirrels and other critters?

With spring here, wildlife is beginning to become more active, and in some cases, perhaps too active. There have been reports of nuisance squirrels finding their way into homes. How can homeowners deal with these critters?

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20
Why are burning restrictions needed and what are their purpose?
Every spring the DNR imposes burning restrictions for counties throughout Minnesota. Why are they needed and what is their purpose?

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13
What are the new changes in Wolf Management?
Federal rules removing the Great Lakes population of wolves from the endangered species list took effect in Wisconsin and Michigan as well. Wolves will be managed in Minnesota by state statute, rule and under a wolf management plan...

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05
Shed Antlers - Why do buck deer, bull moose and other antlered species shed their antlers?
It is not uncommon to find antlers lying on the forest floor in the spring...

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08
What does the DNR and power companies do to deter birds from striking power lines?

It is not uncommon for swans and other birds to fly into power lines, power poles and radio towers. What does the DNR and power companies do to deter birds from striking these objects?

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Frozen Lakes | What causes the cracking and booming sounds?
People who venture out onto a lake in the winter to fish or enjoy another form of activity may often hear booming and cracking sounds from the ice below them. What causes this? What does that mean?

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03
Minnesota Cross Country Skiing -What is the purpose of a pass?

Cross-country skiers are required to purchase and possess a pass before skiing on state and Grant-in-Aid ski trails. What is the purpose of these passes?

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13
What are the new Minnesota spear fishing rules?
December 1, 2006, brought some important rule changes for Minnesota anglers who spear fish. Under the new law a person may not take fish by angling or use tip-ups while spearing fish in a dark house, except that a person may take fish by angling if only one angling line is in use and any fish caught by angling is immediately released to the water or placed on the ice...

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08
What are landowners doing to address their runoff and soil erosion problems?

In the agricultural areas of the state, farm field runoff can cause water quality problems in the local streams and rivers. What are landowners doing to address their runoff and soil erosion problems?

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01
Minnesota - What happens to wildlife killed by motor vehicles?
A 1987 law shifted most of the responsibility for the pick-up of vehicle-killed deer from DNR conservation officers to local road authorities, and provided for no-cost deer possession. Under the law, DNR conservation officers coordinate the program, and issue six-month possession permits which are...

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01
How do pheasants survive winter?

How do pheasants and other birds survive the long, cold Minnesota winters?

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