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WTIP Outdoor News Podcast

Bad Bug Season Continues Near Lake Superior And BWCA

The bugs are bad this year. Mosquitoes. Black flies. More mosquitoes.

From the Boundary Waters to the shores of Lake Superior, the biting insects remain in full force beyond the halfway point of June. In this episode of the podcast, we learn about what the disappearance of Minnesota’s bat population has to do with all the insects buzzing around this year. Jill Utrup, a Minnesota-based researcher for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, shares details on this topic.

We also hear from Mike Seim, a co-owner of Rockwood Lodge on the Gunflint Trail, about how bugs are impacting canoe campers and anglers across the Boundary Waters.