Harsh Minnesota winter tough on wildlife

Full story: TwinCities.com

Wildlife in northern Minne-sota are feeling the effects of one of the region's most severe winters since the devastation of 1995-96 and 1996-97. A few examples: In the Arrowhead, hungry bobcats in search of easy prey have taken to eating outdoor house cats.

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Jackpine savage

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Jan 30, 2011
 
Nice article; balanced with enough science to make it credible.

How about a series to decribe the economic impact on the Minnesota outdoor recreation industry and local business across the state if AIS is not dealt with in an aggressive and comprehensive manner ?

Go, Chris ! Award winning journalism can return.
Pooch

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Too bad about the bobcat getting shot......Another case of an irresponsible pet owner letting their cat run outside. That domestic cat probably kills more critters for fun than the bobcat does to survive!!(I know, this isn't even about the article, but it bugs me that a wild animal trying to survive a harsh winter gets shot attacking a domestic animal that shouldn't be outside in the first place.)

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I remember the winter of '96 when the snow was so deep the drifts actually covered our neighbor's cabin up to the eaves. For some reason this winter seems much more severe to me than that winter. Maybe because my old bones have taken fourteen years of abuse since then.
Anonymous

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May 28, 2011
 
This past winter wasn't all that harsh near me. More snow than last year but still nothing absurd.
June

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May 29, 2011
 

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Harsh on wild life?

Even harsher on the stubborn few who cling to the global warming nonsense.

“HHhhhoooowwwlll”

Since: Feb 08

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May 29, 2011
 
ZenBirdist wrote:
I remember the winter of '96 when the snow was so deep the drifts actually covered our neighbor's cabin up to the eaves. For some reason this winter seems much more severe to me than that winter. Maybe because my old bones have taken fourteen years of abuse since then.
I couldn't open my door because the snow was half way up the storm door so I opened a window to climb out. Took 3 days before the road I lived on got plowed out.
Up here, the 96-97 winter was worse IMO.

Since: Apr 08

Twin Cities

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May 29, 2011
 
40for60 wrote:
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I couldn't open my door because the snow was half way up the storm door so I opened a window to climb out. Took 3 days before the road I lived on got plowed out.
Up here, the 96-97 winter was worse IMO.
Yep, that was the winter alright! It was the end of December and I threw my husband a surprise birthday party. By the end of the night many of our guests were snowed in with us but there was plenty of food and spirits to keep everyone warm and happy. You probably got even more snow than we did in Chisago County.
Bob the Bilderberger

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Global warming!

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Every year in the Arrowhead we hear stories of tourists or cabiners that bring little Fi-Fi up and put her out on a leash to be eaten. We call it trolling for wolves. Guess it works for bobcats also...
clueless

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this facebook replacing forum stuff sucks.
Pat

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clueless wrote:
this facebook replacing forum stuff sucks.
Agreed. Hopefully the number of hits on the news pages shrinks and ad revenue drops.
beeecause

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May 30, 2011
 
woodtick57 wrote:
Every year in the Arrowhead we hear stories of tourists or cabiners that bring little Fi-Fi up and put her out on a leash to be eaten. We call it trolling for wolves. Guess it works for bobcats also...
We should stake you outside on a leash and call it trolling for idiots.
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clueless wrote:
this facebook replacing forum stuff sucks.
Is the PP doing something different, using Facebook??

Thanks for the info.

I won't use Facebook.(period)

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beeecause wrote:
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We should stake you outside on a leash and call it trolling for idiots.
My owners are too smart and too caring to do that....
Shooter

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Jun 1, 2011
 
I'm catching some feral cats, anyone want any before I feed them to Eagles?

All they do is kill birds, them and the wind mills kill birds.

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Jun 2, 2011
 
Shooter wrote:
I'm catching some feral cats, anyone want any before I feed them to Eagles?
All they do is kill birds, them and the wind mills kill birds.
Feral and free roaing domestic cats DO pose a great threat to ur songbird population. Windmills, not so much...

Seems that bats have a much tougher time with those wind turbines.
ImCold

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Jun 2, 2011
 
woodtick57 wrote:
<quoted text>Feral and free roaing domestic cats DO pose a great threat to ur songbird population. Windmills, not so much...
Seems that bats have a much tougher time with those wind turbines.
Windmills, not so much....?

http://www.grist.org/list/2011-04-08-wind-tur...
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Jun 2, 2011
 
woodtick57 wrote:
<quoted text>Feral and free roaing domestic cats DO pose a great threat to ur songbird population. Windmills, not so much...
Seems that bats have a much tougher time with those wind turbines.
FYI, the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency has installed 12 wind turbines in its member communities across Minnesota. The turbines of choice installed by the MMPA are Danwin 160 models.

These Danwin 160 were deinstalled from a California wind farm because of the number of bird kills by the Danwin turbines. Turns out, no pun intended, the Danwin turbines are low to the ground AND rotate at a very fast rate which results in a high rate of bird kills by the Danwin turbines. The Danwin installations in Minnesota are the third installations of the Danwin turbines, makes ya wonder why all the deinstallations.

If you are interested you can view the performance of the MMPA Danwin turbines at this WEB site:

http://www.mmpa.org/Energy-Education/Live-Tur...

Click on one of the towns having a turbine, in green.
PolarMILL

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Jun 7, 2011
 
MMPA sucks.

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