DNR’s Dowling: Wolves will be sole focus of Roseau meeting

A town hall meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Roseau, Minn., will focus only on wolf delisting, despite an agenda furnished by the organizer that included several other items.

Lori Dowling, regional director of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' northwest region in Bemidji.

Lori Dowling, regional director for the DNR in Bemidji, brought that to my attention this morning, saying the timing of the meeting comes a day before wolf management is scheduled to return to the state.

Organizer John Swanson, a grassroots activist from St. Paul who owns property in northwest Minnesota’s Kittson County, sent me an agenda that included several other items in addition to wolf delisting. Assuming it was accurate, I included the agenda in a column that appeared on Sunday’s Grand Forks Herald outdoors pages.

Swanson recently organized a similar meeting in Lancaster, Minn. That meeting included a broad agenda, but Dowling said the focus on the Roseau meeting will be limited to wolves.

That being said, Thursday night’s meeting at the Roseau High School should be a good one, given the interest in wolves in northwestern Minnesota. Dowling said she will be attending the meeting, as will staff from DNR wildlife and enforcement.