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Still time to comment on northwest Minnesota elk herd

ST. PAUL -- People can comment about the elk herds of northwestern Minnesota, and elk management and research, during a public review and comment period that runs through Dec. 27. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking public co...

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Two bull elk walk in deep snow in 2006 during the Department of Natural Resources' winter aerial survey near Grygla, Minn. The DNR has released a draft of a new five-year management plan for elk in northwest Minnesota and is taking public comment on the proposal through Dec 27. (Minnesota DNR photo)

 

ST. PAUL -- People can comment about the elk herds of northwestern Minnesota, and elk management and research, during a public review and comment period that runs through Dec. 27.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comments on its draft Strategic Management Plan for Elk for 2016-2020. This plan replaces the five-year plan in effect from 2009-2015 and addresses elk population goals, elk-landowner conflicts and opportunities to hunt and view elk.

Elk are managed to maintain a free-ranging, wild population in northwestern Minnesota. Three herds totaling an estimated 130 animals roam portions of far northwestern Minnesota and comprise the state’s entire elk population.

“The goal of the draft elk management plan is to maintain a healthy elk population that offers recreational and economic opportunities to citizens of the state,” said John Williams, DNR northwest region wildlife manager. After reviewing the draft plan comments may be submitted online at www.mndnr.gov/elk or via electronic or postal mail.

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