Wildlife Survive Winter Well, but Dry Spring Causes Concern for Wildfires

Wildlife Survive Winter Well, but Dry Spring Causes Concern for Wildfires

March 17, 2021 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ R & J Outdoors Show 0

Detroit Lakes, MN — A dry winter followed by a dry spring has the Minnesota DNR concerned about a potentially busy wildfire season, but optimistic about the health of wildlife. As of now the state of Minnesota is in a burning ban, which requires you get a burning permit, and the fire risk across most of the state is low. However, that fire risk will increase as we head into warm and windy weekend with no green vegetation. MN DNR Detroit Lakes Area Wildlife Supervisor Rob Baden says they are preparing for the potential of fire outbreaks.

Because there was such little snow this past winter, the DNR’s estimated winterkill severity index was as low as it gets for the whitetail population. Baden says the low winterkill, partnered with an average fall hunting harvest, will mean a healthy population of deer coming into the spring.

Almost all forms of wildlife appeared to have faired well over this past winter, but Baden indicates the low snow and early spring can have some negative consequences also.

Listen to the full interview with Rob Baden this Thursday at 9am during the KRJB Kaleidoscope Program.