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State seeks public comment on deer plan

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking feedback on its first statewide deer management plan through May 9 online and at 35 open house events.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking feedback on its first statewide deer management plan through May 9 online and at 35 open house events.

Locally, DNR Cloquet area wildlife staff will hold an open house about the deer plan from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at the Carlton County Transportation Building, 1630 County Road 61, Carlton.

There is no formal presentation; the public is welcome to arrive anytime from 6-8 p.m. Local wildlife staff will provide handouts explaining the deer plan and process and will talk with attendees individually and in small groups.

“We’re setting a course for deer management that encourages more dialogue among stakeholders, the public and DNR staff,” DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr said. “Our ultimate goal is to support our hunting traditions, better engage the public and to maintain sustainable, healthy deer populations throughout Minnesota.”

The public can also read about and comment on the proposed plan at mndnr.gov/deerplan. For those who can’t make the meetings, DNR is encouraging the public to contact their local wildlife manager for additional information or to address any questions they may have about the deer plan. A list of area wildlife offices is available online at mndnr.gov/areas/wildlife.

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