Governor Dayton hopes pheasant summit will boost population

Pheasant
A pheasant walks through the snow in the winter in Minnesota. Minnesota's pheasant population has been on a long-term decline. Gov. Mark Dayton is hoping the first Minnesota Pheasant Summit this weekend can change that.
Dennis Anderson / The Star Tribune via AP

One of Minnesota's most popular game bird is having a tough go.

Pheasant populations in the state have declined dramatically in recent years. The destruction of prairie and wetlands is mostly to blame. But cold winters and wet, cool springs haven't helped.

Participants at Minnesota's first-ever pheasant summit tomorrow will look at ways to boost the bird's population.

Governor Mark Dayton is an avid pheasant hunter and convened the summit. He spoke with MPR News' Tom Crann in advance of the event.

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