DNR to hold meetings to discuss deer population management

Opportunities for the public to participate in deer population goal setting for large portions of northeastern, north-central and east-central Minnesota begin Feb. 2 in Monticello.

“Working with citizens to achieve conservation and management goals is integral to the mission of the Minnesota Department of Natural

Resources,” said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader. “To make sure that goals are based on the broad range of public interest in deer, we use a public process to help determine how many deer to manage for in a given area.”

Each meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. After a short presentation on deer populations and management, meeting participants may comment verbally, ask DNR staff questions and complete a written questionnaire.

Deer population goals will be set for 40 of Minnesota’s 128 deer permit areas in 2015. Local meetings are set for Feb. 11 at Two Harbors High School; and Feb. 19 at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais.

For a complete list of meetings, see www.mndnr.gov/deer.

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