BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton’s announcement that he’ll ask lawmakers to require a 50-foot buffer zone along most streams, lakes and wetlands to boost the state’s struggling pheasant population was the highlight of the annual Department of Natural Resources roundtable. But the discussions Friday also included ones about fishing, deer hunting, wolves and moose.
Telander said the DNR is still waiting to see whether the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will appeal a federal judge’s ruling last month that put gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan back on the endangered list. He said the state still has a “very healthy” wolf population. Hunters and trappers killed 272 wolves in 2014 in what could be the state’s last wolf season for some time. Telander noted that some in Congress are planning legislation that would remove the region’s wolves from the endangered list, undoing the court’s decision. Congress did so for Montana and Idaho earlier. Dayton told reporters he wasn’t optimistic about Congress acting, but that he could support it.