Some Wildlife Thrive While Others Stress in Minn. Flood Waters

Updated: 07/01/2014 5:53 AM
Created: 06/30/2014 5:03 PM
By: Ellen Galles

The banks of Minnehaha Creek are usually dominated by walkers and bikers.  Today, it's dominated by water and wildlife.

On Monday morning, a group of egrets set up shop near Cedar Avenue. A lots of people were stopping to try and snap a photo, since it's rare to see them in this part of the city. Egrets favor shallow, still water so the flood plains are an ideal temporary habitat for them.

Wildlife experts say the floods have been hard on some animals. Many turtles and ducks have had their nests and their habitats washed away. But these conditions are good for other types of water fowl, and good for fish who have endured drought conditions the past two summers.

In other cases, the flood waters have simply forced some wildlife to change their patterns and come out of the woods.

"We've had reports of people seeing mink and beaver in their yards. People have been thrilled to see wildlife they haven't seen before," said Bob Fashingbauer with the DNR.

The DNR also says that some hunters have been concerned about the game species population. like grouse and pheasants. They say a percentage of the newly-hatched birds didn't survive all the rain and there may be fewer by the time hunting season comes around.

On the other hand, anglers are loving the fishing this season because there hasn't been as much interference from recreational boaters.

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