Minnesota DNR Denies Environmental Groups Petition
Minnesota is very much an outdoors state. Many of us love to hunt, fish and enjoy what the great outdoors has to offer. According to Bring Me The News, the DNR received a petition on September 3rd from an environmental group asking them to ban the use of toxic fishing tackle and lead ammunition. The article says that after careful consideration, they have chosen to deny the petition.
The group had around 20 years of research in there petition, but the DNR felt that they did not have the authority to make that final call. They (the DNR) suggested that if the group wants to pursue this further, then the group should contact their local legislation. Officials that work for the DNR felt that the research that the group provided did not provide enough data to make the final decision.
The DNR did say that more studies and research does need to be done in this area. They said that it does impact health and our environment. Currently, there is a ban on the use of lead ammunition on waterfowl hunting but has not expanded into other areas just yet. Bring Me The News claims that this has been a hot topic in Minnesota for the past few years. I'm not sure if plans to continue looking into the topic are in the works or if private organizations are going to have to take the lead on this one.
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