Rare Western Minnesota Moose Sighting Occurs in Unfortunate Place

Categories: Accidents, Animals
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Minnesota's moose range (left); a moose (right).
A rare moose sighting in western Minnesota, near the town of Barnesville, ended tragically for the animal, which died after it was smoked by several vehicles around 4:45 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Less than 100 moose live in the northwestern part of the state, but they don't usually make it as far away as Barnesville, which is actually a bit south of the Fargo-Moorhead area.

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Moose dying in Minnesota at alarming rate; climate change cited as cause


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Humane Society Receives the Cutest Letter From Little Girl [PHOTO]

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Yesterday, the Animal Humane Society received the most adorable letter ever from a little girl named May. In fact, it's enough to bring tears to a grown man's eyes.

Humane Society workers scanned May's letter and uploaded it to Facebook, where it quickly went viral, as things this cute are wont to do on the internet.

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Feisty, the flood-freed Duluth seal, is still chilling at Como Zoo [PHOTO]


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Lynn Rogers Says State Is Out to Get Him as DNR Bars Bear Den Cams

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Rogers and one of his beloved bears.
Lynn Rogers, subject of last month's feature story, "How bear expert Lynn Rogers went from scientific pioneer to pariah," has officially lost his battle with the DNR over whether he can put cameras in bear dens and radio collars on the animals.

In a decision announced earlier this week, the DNR upheld an initial ruling made last year to deny Rogers's permits.

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DNR explains why wolf hunt will expand this season


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Dognapper Strikes Outside St. Paul SuperAmerica [IMAGES]

Categories: Animals, Crime
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-- Update at bottom --

St. Paul police are asking for help finding Kika, a white poodle-Yorkie mix that was stolen outside a SuperAmerica at 970 W. University Ave. in St. Paul just after 5 p.m. Saturday.

Paul Paulos, spokesperson for the St. Paul Police Department, tells us Kiko's owners tied her up to a trashcan outside the gas station before going inside. When they returned less than five minutes later, she was gone.

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Audubon Society to deliver 77k signatures to guv calling for fritted glass on Vikings stadium

Categories: Animals, Vikings
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According to Audubon, birds like this Canada Warbler often perish when they collide with glass buildings.
At about 10 a.m. today, the Minnesota Audubon Society will deliver a petition with about 77,000 signatures -- 6,000 or so of them from Minnesotans -- to Gov. Mark Dayton calling for the installation of fritted glass on the new Vikings stadium.

"'The People's Stadium' shouldn't be killing the people's birds," Matthew Anderson, executive director of Audubon Minnesota, tells us.

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Despite Mpls pressure, Vikings, MSFA still pleading poverty on bird-safe glass

Categories: Animals, Vikings
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The new Vikings stadium will feature about 200,000 square feet of glass, and the Audubon Society says birds won't be able to see any of it.
On Friday, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a resolution calling on the Vikings and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Authority to spend the money it would take to bird-proof the new Vikings stadium.

"Upgrading to bird-safe glass would add an estimated $1.1 million to the cost of the stadium, or 0.1% of the overall project budget of over $975 million," the resolution says.

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Paul Trott says cop who shot his dog told him, "This is what we do and I would do it again"

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Tito (left); Tito and one of his owners, Josh Lyczkowski (right).
During my regular Friday appearance on AM 1130's Up and At 'Em show last week, yours truly and hosts Jack Tomczak and Ben Kruse talked about the sad story of Tito, the dog that was recently shot to death by a Minneapolis cop on the North Side.

During the discussion, one of Tito's owners, Paul Trott, called in to share his perspective. Right off the bat, he said this: "The very first thing out of [the officer who shot his dog's] mouth, and the truth is, he said, 'This is what we do and I would do it again.' And that is the honest truth."

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DNR explains why wolf hunt will expand this season

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is upping the number of wolf hunting and trapping licenses available this year to 3,800, an increase of 500 from last year.

Asked why, Dan Stark, a large carnivore specialist for the DNR, cites two factors -- the DNR's most recent estimate of the wolf population, which shows an increase from last year, and the success rate of hunters and trappers trying to nab a wolf.

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Audubon Society says glassy new Vikings stadium will needlessly kill birds

Categories: Animals, Vikings
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The Audubon Society says birds from about half of Minnesota's 250 breeding bird species regularly die from flying into glass buildings.
The Minnesota Audubon Society wants the Vikings and/or the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Authority to spend between $400,000 and roughly $1 million on a glaze that would help birds steer clear of the glassy new Vikings stadium.

But talks recently broke down, so now the Audubon Society is taking its case to the public.

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MPD kills innocent north Minneapolis couple's dog [UPDATES]

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Tito, the Cane Corso killed by the MPD Friday evening.
:::: UPDATE :::: Here's what the MPD incident report says about Tito's shooting: "DOGS RAN AT OFFICER AND WOULD NOT STOP. DOG DISPATCHED BY OFFICER. SUPERVISOR AND ANIMAL CONTROL RESPONDED TO SCENE." The arrested party is a minor, so his name isn't public information.

:::: UPDATE II :::: The MPD sent us this statement about the incident:
Police officers are placed into situations where, at times, they must make immediate decisions based on only the facts that are present at that moment. The officers are mandated to make the decisions to preserve their own safety as well as the safety of others.

The decision to shoot, or harm, an animal is not made lightly, but at times must be made immediately. Officers have no way of knowing the history of the animal, or what the animal may do. Every threat must be taken seriously.

These are very sad and unfortunate incidents and ones that no one wants to occur.
We also asked the MPD for information about the number of dogs that have been shot by officers in recent years, but that data wasn't immediately available.

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