The DNR says a flock of protected pelicans had established more than 1,400 nests on land rented by Craig Staloch. He's accused of destroying more than 70 percent of those nests, crushing eggs and killing chicks.
Pollution from Gulf oil spill shows up on western Minnesota pelicans
Petroleum and the chemical used to clean up the 2010 Gulf oil leak have shown up in the eggs of pelicans that nest in western Minnesota. Swift County is home to North America's largest colony of American White Pelicans, which winter in the Gulf of Mexico. Biologists will monitor how the chicks hatched from polluted eggs develop.