Reminder: Still time to comment on draft elk management plan

People can comment about the elk herds of northwestern Minnesota, and elk management and research, during a public review and comment period that runs through Sunday, Dec. 27. 
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comments on its draft Strategic Management Plan for Elk for 2016-2020. This draft plan replaces the five-year plan in effect from 2009-2015 and addresses elk population goals, elk-landowner conflicts and opportunities to hunt and view elk.

Elk are managed to maintain a free-ranging, wild population in northwestern Minnesota. Three herds totaling an estimated 130 animals roam portions of far northwestern Minnesota and comprise the state’s entire elk population, according to the DNR’s most recent population survey.

“The goal of the draft elk management plan is to maintain a healthy elk population that offers recreational and economic opportunities to citizens of the state,” said John Williams, DNR northwest region wildlife manager. “To provide these opportunities, the DNR must also address conflicts between elk and landowners.”

After reviewing the draft plan comments may be submitted online on the elk management page or via electronic or postal mail. Email comments, including name and address, to elkplan.dnr@state.mn.us. Send comments via postal mail to: Elk Comments, DNR Wildlife, 2115 Birchmont Beach Rd. NE, Bemidji, MN, 56601. For more on elk management in Minnesota, visit the elk Web page.