PIERRE, S.D. - Cutting a swath through the high plains of North America, the Missouri River provides welcome eye relief to westbound travelers from Minnesota. We're so accustomed to seeing water that it can be disconcerting when it gets sparse. About the time you start wondering how life can survive in such dry places a slope is crested and the Missouri River glistens below. The world looks right again.
The Humane Society of the United States has published a study on waterfowl mortality resulting from hunter-related crippling. Based on the closing statement in the report, it would appear that the goal of the study is to inflict a mortal wound to waterfowl hunting.
The effort to establish osprey in Minnesota and the nation has been going on for years. In the early 1990s The Raptor Center gathered chicks from central Minnesota and released them in the Twin Cites, at Heron Lake in southern Minnesota and in Missouri. As last week's column illustrated, osprey chicks were collected from local nests as well as nests elsewhere in Minnesota and transported to South Dakota and Iowa.
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