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DNR seeks comments on bear hunting, game refuge and small game rules

Citizens interested in proposed rule changes pertaining to the Lac qui Parle Game Refuge, bear outfitting, bear hunting, trapping, falconry, goose and mourning dove hunting may submit written comments to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) through Friday, May 21.

The rule changes do not include any of the deer hunting, waterfowl, furbearer or small game proposals discussed at 2010 public input meetings.

"The rules in this package have been discussed in most cases for several years," said Jason Abraham, DNR rules specialist. "Many of the proposals were the subject of public input meetings in years past and received support."

A copy of the proposed rules and additional information about the rules process is available online.

The DNR will accept written comments supporting or opposing the rule changes, or requests for a public hearing through 4:30 p.m. on May 21. Comments must be submitted to: Jason Abraham, Box 20, DNR, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4020, or by e-mail at