Is the bald eagle still an at-risk species? The DNR wants your take
Should a bald eagle remain on Minnesota's list of species at risk from disappearing? How about the gray wolf?
Photo: Yathin S Krishnappa. The bald eagle would be among animals taken off the list under a new proposal.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold three public hearings this week to get input on these and 300 more proposed changes to the list, which includes species identified as endangered, threatened, or special concern.
Originally established in 1984, the list hasn't been updated since 1996. Rich Baker, endangered species coordinator for the DNR, says an enormous amount of data has been collected on Minnesota wildlife in the meantime.
"It took us a number of years just to assimilate and study and decide what actions to take on this new information," he says
Hearings will be held in Bemijdi Tuesday, Duluth Wednesday, and Plymouth Thursday. Check the DNR website for times and locations.
A few other changes to the list under consideration:
Baker says updating the list is a lengthy process, but predicts the changes will go into effect by midsummer. Read the full list of 302 species here.