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Hunters and DNR meet to discuss the future of wildlife in Iowa

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources, hunters, and environmentalists met Wednesday to try to get a clear picture of what nature will look like in Western Iowa for the next few seasons.

The groups gathered at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center to gather data and express concerns. One goal is to increase wildlife populations.

One issue mentioned by experts is wildlife hunters can have a different perspective than other hunters or ranchers.

The DNR is hoping to bring beneficial changes to existing policies at the state level. But they acknowledge there are a variety of concerns.

"We would like the numbers to come back up to improve that quality. So the hunters have more opportunities. But then say in an urban setting maybe they want to reduce the numbers there," said Doug Chafa, Missouri River Wildlife Biologist.

DNR representatives say their agency's website is a good place to express concerns and share experiences.

Travis Hoffer

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