Minn. DNR: Bald eagle, gray wolf no longer considered endangered

Published 9:41 am Tuesday, August 20, 2013

ST. PAUL — The bald eagle and gray wolf are no longer considered endangered in Minnesota, the state Department of Natural Resources said Monday.

For the first time in 17 years, the state made sweeping updates to the list of species that it considers endangered, threatened or of special concern.

Twenty-nine species — including the bald eagle, the gray wolf and the snapping turtle — were removed from the endangered category. Those three are now of special concern, the lowest rung on the list.

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While no mammals were elevated to endangered, seven species of birds were, including two types of sparrows and a burrowing owl. Also newly listed as endangered are the northern cricket frog and the massasauga, a venomous rattlesnake. One new fish is now endangered, the paddlefish, and five additional species of butterflies and moths were added to the endangered list.

The list was first established nearly 30 years ago and was last updated in 1996. The revisions followed five public hearings, a comment period and review by an administrative law judge.