6:30–9 pm @ Greenbush High School
To be discussed:
- The upcoming elk management plan revision for 2016–2020
- Elk management in Kittson and Marshall counties
- DNR staff will present info on elk history, habitat management, damage the animals can cause, etc.
- DNR will seek nominations for individuals to serve on elk consensus work groups, one for the two Kittson County herds and one for the Grygla elk herd.
According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources:
“Our goal is to inform people about the northwestern Minnesota elk herds and let them know how they can participate in the elk plan revision,” said John Williams, DNR northwest region wildlife manager.
Three small elk herds roam far northwestern Minnesota:
- the Kittson Central herd located near Lancaster
- the Grygla herd located in Marshall County near Grygla and
- the Caribou-Vita herd in northern Kittson County and southern Manitoba.
A recently completed aerial elk population survey shows that those three distinct herds contain 108 animals.
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.”