DNR seeks nominations for individuals to serve on elk work groups

(Released March 10, 2014)

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on elk consensus work groups for the Kittson County and Grygla elk herds. DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr will select and appoint members to serve on each of the two groups.

Three small elk herds roam far northwestern Minnesota:  the Kittson Central herd located near Lancaster; the Grygla herd in Marshall County near Grygla; and the Caribou-Vita herd in northern Kittson County and southern Manitoba.

The work groups will meet at least two times in 2014 to review and help revise the current elk management plan. Panel members will continue to meet once each year following the elk plan revision during the period of time it is in force.

“This plan establishes a strategic vision for elk management in northwestern Minnesota,” said Greg Nelson, DNR northwest region director.

The DNR’s goal is to maintain a free-ranging, wild elk population in northwestern Minnesota. The department envisions a healthy yet limited population that offers recreational and economic opportunities while actively addressing conflicts between elk and people. Habitat and herd structure would be maintained. Hunting seasons would be used to help manage problem animals and herd size.

Nominations to either of these two groups are open through Monday, March 31, and should be submitted to Rita Albrecht, DNR northwest region planner, at rita.albrecht@state.mn.us; or by calling 218-308-2660. Include name of the nominee, complete contact information including electronic and street addresses, preferred phone number and reason for the nomination.

Ten to 15 members, representing a broad spectrum of stakeholders, will be selected to each group. No alternates will be selected. All nominees, including those not selected, will be notified by mid-April.

Information on Minnesota’s elk and the current elk management plan is available online.