-Scott Mackenthun, DNR Hutchinson Area Fisheries Supervisor
In addition, DNR NonGame Wildlife Specialist Mike Worland states: Both of these species underwent major population declines through most of the 20th century, largely due to human persecution and the pesticide DDT. Nesting pelicans, formerly abundant in Minnesota, were not found between 1878 and 1968. Both populations have since recovered in Minnesota because of legal protection and the prohibition of DDT. Statewide populations of both species now appear stable, though populations at specific sites are still changing.