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Continued: New program, license plate aim to help Minnesota's dwindling moose

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 10, 2014 - 7:59 PM

Since the license-plate program started in 1995, the plates have generated more than $25 million, helping buy 7,700 acres of critical habitat and funding nongame research.

More than 104,000 vehicles in Minnesota have the special plates, paying $30 a year to the program, which matches every dollar from the plate sales with private donations of cash or land. Of the seven other plates, two depict deer, while the others feature anglers fishing, a chickadee, a pheasant, a loon (the state bird) and the lady’s slipper (the state flower).

Adding a moose, the DNR says, will recognize another of the state’s most significant animals.

“The moose is an iconic image,” said Lori Naumann of the DNR Nongame Wildlife Program. “Anyone who’s gone to the Boundary Waters has seen them. They have this impressive size and presence. I think there’s a lot of people who really care about them and know their population is declining.”

 

Kelly Smith • 612-673-4141

Twitter: @kellystrib

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