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Bemidji’s Telander named wildlife chief

ST. PAUL – Paul Telander of Bemidji, a 28-year wildlife management veteran of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, has been named the Fish and Wildlife Division’s new wildlife section chief.

“Paul is an experienced wildlife manager and administrator who brings a strong track record of effectively working on complex wildlife management issues,” said Ed Boggess, division director, in a news release Thursday.

Telander, who has been regional wildlife manager for the DNR’s northwest region since 2005, begins his new duties Dec. 5.

His career also includes 21 years as manager or assistant manager of the 55,000 acre Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area and surrounding area.

“Paul has been a leader in addressing some very difficult and high profile issues such as elk management, bovine tuberculosis and Con-Con land issues,” Boggess said. “He will be able to put that experience and skill to good use in working through broader statewide wildlife and habitat management issues.”

Telander will oversee a $47.2 million annual Wildlife Section budget and a staff of 220 full-time and 81 part-time employees. The section carries out research and management programs affecting state wildlife species and habitat.

The DNR’s wildlife section acquires, develops, and manages wildlife management areas, which are open to public hunting during established seasons; recommends hunting and other wildlife-related regulations; conducts wildlife population census, survey and research projects; and works to protect, enhance, and restore wildlife habitat on public and private lands.

Telander earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from the University of Minnesota. He replaces Dennis Simon, who retired in September.