February 2016 Alumni Trivia Answer & Winners

Mike Warnke ('96), Jodi Nelson ('91), Dave Schuller ('79), Roger Hanson ('61 '64), and Norm Sieling ('58) were the first five people to correctly answer the question!

Congratulations to Loren Danson ('95), whose name was randomly selected from the pool of correct answers to win this month's trivia prize!

February alumni trivia question:

Elk once roamed the state of Minnesota before hunters and other predators killed most of the population. The University of Minnesota is asking for $300,000 from state legislature to study the feasibility of restoring elk populations in part of Minnesota. What Native American tribe is playing a big role in helping these elk get back to Minnesota?

a) Red Lake Ojibwe
b) Dakota
c) Fond du Lac Ojibwe
d) Leech lake Ojibwe

Answer:
Fond du Lac Ojibwe

Read the MPR news article about this proposal! According to MPR:

"Minnesota's few wild elk are limited to three herds in the far northwestern corner of the state. Their numbers have been deliberately kept low to reduce conflicts with farmers, who regularly complain about the animals eating their crops and knocking down their fences.

The University of Minnesota is asking the Legislature for $300,000 to study the feasibility of restoring elk to a territory that includes southern St. Louis, Carlton and northern Pine counties. The tribe and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation would contribute a combined $45,000.

James Forester, an elk researcher at the university who would lead the study, said researchers would search out the best habitat and determine how many animals it could sustain. They'll also survey people to gauge public support. That should help them identify specific areas that could support a fairly large herd without too many negative impacts on human activities, he said."