DNR updates endangered species list

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ALBERT LEA, Minn. — After nearly 20 years, the list of endangered species in Minnesota has a new look.

A lot of research and public hearings led up to the DNR updating the list.

The bald eagle, wolf and snapping turtle are some of the 29 species that were removed from the list, but 180 species of plants and animals were added in exchange.

“Anytime you have interaction with people and wildlife there’s going to be challenges and sometimes you’ve got to find that right balance to try and meet in the middle to get everything balanced as good as you can,” said Luke Belgard with the Minnesota DNR.

The law prohibits taking or possessing endangered or threatened species except in special circumstances. One example would be the wolf hunts that were occasionally held in Minnesota.

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