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Ohio invites public comment on wildlife issues March 6

From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

-- Public comment on Ohio wildlife issues is welcomed March 6 from noon to 3 p.m. at various open house locations in the state . The Ohio DNR Division of Wildlife welcomes the public to the annual meetings.

Fish and wildlife biologists along with law enforcement officers will be on hand to answer questions at each open house location. Anyone interested in providing input and participating in Ohio's professional wildlife management process is encouraged to attend.

Season dates and bag limits of game species will be available, which will include Ohio’s most popular game animal, the white-tailed deer.  Those attending will also be able to comment on the draft version of the Division of Wildlife’s Strategic Plan.

This year’s topics include fishery management changes for walleye, saugeye and sauger in some of Ohio’s inland waterways. Changes to rules concerning the taking, possession, and propagation of native Ohio amphibians and reptiles will also be considered.

Open houses are scheduled for the same day and time in Akron, Athens, Columbus, Findlay  and Xenia. Public input gathered at these open houses will be forwarded to the division's central office in Columbus, where it is considered during the formulation of regulations.

For more information or directions to the open house, visit the Division of Wildlife’s Website at wildohio.com or call 1-800-WILDLIFE [(800) 945-3543].

A statewide hearing on all of the proposed rules will be held at 9 a.m. March 4 at the wildlife division's District One Office, located at 1500 Dublin Road in Columbus. This hearing is open to the public and input is permitted within specific time limits. After considering public input, the Ohio Wildlife Council will vote on the proposed rules during its April 7 meeting.

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