By John Myers
The beleaguered moose has ambled onto Minnesota’s growing lists of troubled species, while wolves, snapping turtles and eagles — doing better than in past decades — have soared off the lists entirely.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Monday announced the final versions of newly revised lists of endangered species, threatened species and species of concern, the first major changes in 17 years.
Moose are one of 66 animals, reptiles, fish, insects and mollusks added to the lists. The updated list also includes for the first time 114 native plants that botanists say are declining.
The DNR took public comments over the winter on its proposals and held a series of meetings across the state to take input on their proposals. A state administrative law judge approved the revisions in April with no major changes from the DNR’s proposal.
The moose, which has experienced a dramatically declining population, is listed as an official species of concern.
The little brown myotis bat, now facing a devastating attack from white-nose syndrome fungus recently found in Minnesota bat caves, is being added to the list as a species of concern in advance of any major downturn, as is the big brown bat for the same reason. More....