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Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 9:17 AM
Subject: DNR Invites Public to Comment on Draft Bear Management Plan

Jan. 14, 2009							

Contacts: Adam Bump 517-373-1263 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014
DNR Invites Public to Comment on Draft Bear Management Plan 

The Department of Natural Resources invites the public to participate
in the bear management planning process.  The draft bear management plan
is now available online and the DNR welcomes comments via e-email or
U.S. mail through March 2, 2009.

In addition,  five public open houses are planned to discuss the draft
bear management plan. 

"These open houses are the perfect opportunity to present the draft
bear management plan and have a one-on-one conversation about the plan
with the public," said Adam Bump, DNR bear specialist. "The
citizen-based Bear Consultation Team, DNR staff and others involved with
the recommendations for this plan have worked diligently to create this
draft document." 

Open house locations and dates are as follows:

Monday, Jan. 26, 6-8 p.m. Eastern: Comfort Inn, 13954 State Highway
M-28, Newberry;

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 6-8 p.m. Eastern (5-7 p.m Central): Crystal Falls
Township Hall 1384 West US 2, Crystal Falls;

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 6-8 p.m. Eastern: Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing
Center, East M-115, Cadillac;

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 6-8 p.m. Eastern: Hillman Recreation Center, 24220
Veterans Memorial Highway, Hillman; 

Thursday, Feb. 5, 6-8 p.m. Eastern: Best Western Midway, 7711 West
Saginaw Highway, Lansing.

The draft plan is available on the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr
under Hunting and Trapping and then Bear Management Plan. 

Individuals can submit written comments on the draft plan via e-mail or
U.S. mail to: Adam Bump, DNR Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 30444, Lansing,
MI 48909 or dnr-wld-wild@michigan.gov.  Requests for hard copies can be
sent to the same address. Following the comment period, DNR Wildlife
Division staff will finalize the plan and present it to DNR Director
Rebecca Humphries for information at the March 5, 2009, Natural
Resources Commission meeting.  

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for effective
participation in a meeting should contact Pauline Gray at 517-373-1263
or grayp@michigan.gov, at least five days prior to the meeting date to
request mobility, visual, hearing or other assistance. 

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use
and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future


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