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Moose get license plate, new funding

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Minnesota’s dwindling moose herd will now get its own license plate and a new source of money for research into why their numbers are declining so rapidly.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Monday unveiled a new moose-themed conservation license plate to join the state’s lineup of other nature-themed designs.

The Critical Habitat license plates require an extra $30 donation above the normal license plate fee that deriver’s pay each year, with the proceeds going to buy conservation land in the state.

The new moose plate displays a never-before-published painting by the late Les Kouba, famed Minnesota wildlife artist. It’s the eighth critical habitat plate offered, with the moose design now in addition to a loon, pheasant, chickadee, showy lady’s slipper, a fishing scene and white-tailed deer.

The new plates are available now at county deputy registrar offices statewide. For more information, go to callofthemoose.com.

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