The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced this afternoon that it has made Paul Telander the new chief of the DNR Fish and Wildlife Division’s Wildlife Section.
Telander begins the new job Dec. 15.
A 28-year DNR wildlife management veteran, Telander spent 21 years as manager of Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area near Middle River, Minn., and has been the DNR’s regional wildlife manager in Bemidji since 2005.
“Paul is an experienced wildlife manager and administrator who brings a strong track record of effectively working on complex wildlife management issues,” Ed Boggess, division director, said in a statement. “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. 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.
With personnel based in four regional and 38 area offices, the section carries out research and management programs affecting state wildlife species and habitat.