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DNR nixes expanded hunting

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Aug 20, 2014 at 5:25 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has decided against opening more of Minnesota's scientific and natural areas to hunting and trapping.

The agency announced Tuesday that it won't loosen hunting restrictions in 10 of the 159 areas, which are known as SNAs. The areas are protected because they contain rare native plants and undisturbed shorelines.

Steve Hirsch, director of the DNR's Ecological and Water Resources Division, says heavy public opposition prompted the decision.

However, the DNR plans to open the Lake Alexander Woods SNA in Morrison County to deer hunting without a special permit. The DNR also plans to allow dogs on leashes at Minnesota Point Pine Forest SNA in Duluth, consistent with a city ordinance.

The DNR will take public comments on those two proposals until Sept. 2.

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