Minnesota Department of Natural Resources researchers are making strides toward figuring out what is killing the state's moose. Preliminary reports suggest it is a combination of health issues and increased predation.
In recent days, as temperatures increased in Minnesota and Wisconsin, millions of ladybugs crept out from hidden crevices to plague homeowners. Although these tiny insects were once considered cute, their huge swarms are causing more people to view them as mere pests.
Fragmented habitat and the fear of humans are the threats against the Massasauga rattlesnake, which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently proposed as a Threatened Species under the Endangered Species Act.
Moose, elk, and the very rarely seen northern bog lemming are some of the animals on Minnesota's "concern" lists and living near or in the 1-million acre expanse of the Boundary Waters on the Minnesota/Canada border.
Minnesota's Grand Portage National Monument (GPNM) is a homage to the state's rich fur-trading past. However, researchers are now finding that this history does not come without consequence, as the monument and areas around it now boast a stunningly high rate of toxic mercury contamination.