What do you think of the new endangered species list for Minnesota?

In a 2011 photo, a bull moose grazes on water lilies in the canoe country north of Ely, Minn. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 that it will conduct research aimed at better understanding the sharp decline in the state’s moose population. Moose are now considered a species of special concern in the state. (AP Photo/The Duluth News-Tribune, Sam Cook, file)
“The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has added 180 species to the state’s list of endangered or threatened plants and animals, many of which have struggled to survive as native habitat disappeared. Another 29 species, including bald eagles and wolves, have been taken off the list, writes MPR News reporter Jon Collins

The DNR added eight mammals to the list. Moose, big brown bat and Canada lynx are now considered species of special concern. And one, the Northern pocket gopher, was newly listed as threatened.

DNR endangered species coordinator Rich Baker said many of the species were added to the list due to new information collected by the agency.

“We have spent the last couple decades gathering an enormous amount of new information about where plants and animals are in the state,” Baker said. “We’ve looked carefully enough at that information to decide which species we know enough about to say, ‘This one is indeed rare and this one we just don’t know enough about.'”

Baker said about 60 percent of the species on the list are also threatened by habitat loss, including a shrinking prairie.

Another ten percent are threatened by invasive species.

Today’s Question: What do you think of the new endangered species list for Minnesota?

  • A Sports Fan

    Lets see what happens AFTER all Manufacturers have been approved, after ALL distributors have the products and ALL bars are then up and running. THEN lets see how this works. AS of NOW, how does anyone know anything? No other state has this, so you can’t prognosticate the results.

    • http://www.mprnews.org/ Tim Nelson, MPR News

      There is some indication these games can hit the MN marks. One distributor told me their games in Virginia are hitting $220 a day — although they are “cash in” machines, and I think they take money directly. That in-person transaction seems to have added some friction to the games, as I reported on Tuesday. That said, it’ll be interesting to see what International Gamco can do, now that they’re approved, and if they can hit that 50/week installation goal. I seem to recall Scott Henneman telling me they had, like 28 or 29 percent of the existing paper pulltab market here in MN.

  • Gary F

    The list should be fluid, as species come back, they get taken off. That doesn’t mean they can be hunted as I’ve read many over the top comments on other sites.

    This is a huge new list. Does this mean the DNR and the government can stop private land owners from developing because a jumping spider was found on their property?
    If so, this is another huge power grab for the government.

  • PaulJ

    It looks like the experts are doing their job. And the gopher on the list looks more like a football player than those we’ve seen around here for the past 45 years (talk about your endangered species).

  • JQP

    its names of the things that are threatened because of all the general environmental things we choose to degrade through self-serving human efficiency, pleasure, ease and preference. we built a mode of behavior that accepts that we are here to kill everything else for our benefit. We only keep them around at our benevolence and current needs – but we will crush and kill them as needed in the future.

    Especially if it tastes like chicken.

  • Disqusted

    Sad. Part of me can’t wait for humans to be listed on it.

    • Paul

      Humans are just a bubble on a foamy sea of bacteria. It could burst anytime, cheer up.

  • Jim G

    I’m not surprised that we have added to the list of threaten species here in Minnesota. When I visited the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History this spring I learned something new. I learned we are currently in the midst of the 6th Great Extinction that Earth’s biosphere has experienced. There have been five other great extinctions. Some causes for the previous extinctions that have been postulated are meteor strikes, vulcanism, and climate change. The Sixth, however, may be the most catastrophic in history. This extinction is the first to occur during the existence of our species, homo sapiens, and it simultaneously began 100,000 years ago, a date that corresponds with the beginnings of our diaspora from Africa. In fact, this extinction is almost exclusively human driven. Human behavior has consequences for the myriad of creatures we temporarily share Mother Earth with. We cannot live here on this planet alone… without other living creatures and a healthy biosphere.

  • Guest

    It’s great to see the wolf and bald eagle delisted, but the list of endangered and threatened species is long and represents the continuing degradation and fragmentation of our natural landscape.

    Ultimately, we will continue to lose more and more of our natural heritage across Minnesota until there is a comprehensive plan, here and nation-wide, to address the issues of population growth, land-use, and rapid climate change.

    52 years ago when I was born, the population of Minnesota was 2.9 million people. Now, it is 5.6 million. The USA had less than 200 million back then, and today we are pushing 320 million. It’s really a no-brainer to realize that the days of large-scale immigration should be brought to an end and that national policy should place an emphasis on zero-population growth and tax laws that discourage couples from having more than two children…unless we want America to become another Europe.

    • Gordon near Two Harbors

      For full disclosure “Guest” is me.

  • Gary F

    Is it now OK for windmills to kill bald eagles?

  • lindblomeagles

    I’m uneasy about the wolf being de-listed because wolves generally eat moose, and if the moose are shrinking, we should expect some shrinkage in the wolf population as moose meat feeds more mouths than the standard deer carcass. That said, animals face challenges on two fronts, loss of habitat and the changing climate. The changing climate has been responsible for creating virulent diseases and pests, such as ticks, while people have cut up the wilderness to a degree that specialized animals, like the Lynx, really can’t survive. It’s very sad, but I’m not sure how to stop either, the needs of real estate developers, the desire of sprawlers, or the warming of the earth.