DNR asks Fond du Lac band to reconsider moose hunt

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to reconsider plans for an off-reservation moose hunt.

Band leaders are planning to offer the fall hunt to members and expect to take up to 25 bull moose. The Duluth News Tribune reports Sunday that a band official says biologists are telling them there’s no negative impact on the herd (http://bit.ly/13RcqwN ).

But DNR program manager Steve Merchant says the state’s moose population has declined severely making the hunt a bad idea.

The DNR’s ability to stop the hunt is limited although Merchant says a lawsuit is an option.

The band’s secretary-treasurer says moose meat is a staple for the diets of many band members.

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Information from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthnewstribune.com

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