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Letter: It's a matter of trust with the DNR

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I am opposed to the use of leg hold traps and opposed to the DNR's wolf hunting and trapping season.

It's interesting and confusing that we advocate for smaller government. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, it works to integrate and sustain the interdependent values of a healthy environment, a sustainable economy and livable communities. Its integrated resource management strategy shares stewardship responsibility with citizens and partners to manage for multiple interests. It protects the state's natural heritage by conserving the diversity of natural lands, waters and fish and wildlife that provide the foundation for Minnesota's recreational and natural resource-based economy. It manages natural lands, provides access to enrich public outdoor recreational opportunities and more.

Did you know the DNR states it is working on Accelerated Prairie Restoration and Enhancement - Phase 4? The projected cost is $4.3 million.

Did you know the DNR's section of wildlife states it manages 50 different game species plus 1,400 wildlife management areas? They say they offer vast public lands and a wide variety of species to hunt.

However, here we go again. Giving an agency more power. The DNR claims to be a management agency. If that is true, we should consider how well they do indeed manage.

For example, the DNR is empowered to manage and help control invasive species. Minnesota's natural resources are threatened by a number of invasive species. The DNR has reported many waters infested with invasive species.

The DNR says it appreciates all the efforts of organized groups and individual hunters, anglers, trappers and others who supported new license prices. This increase will help the hunting and trapping areas. Expenditures for staff, field offices, vehicles and other infrastructure will continue to come largely from the Game and Fish Fund, which is dependent on license sale revenues.

So, now back to the wolves. Humans mess things up and then over correct and mess the balance of nature up even more. Is it realistic to expect the DNR to manage the wolf population more efficiently and effectively than it has managed invasive species? Is this really about wolf preservation or the easy generation of extra revenue through hunting and trapping licenses on wolves?

Where does the buck stop on this one? It stops with the Office of the DNR Commissioner, 500 Lafayette Rd., St. Paul, MN 55115, and the legislators and governor for allowing the five year hold to be waived.

Shirley Taggart

Faribault

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