Yes, it’s a screw-up.
But it could have been worse.
Some 19,000 hunters who entered Minnesota’s black bear license lottery will get a do-over. The Department of Natural Resources had completed the lottery, and thousands of hunters checked online to see if they got a license.
But then DNR officials discovered that the computer had used data from 2009 instead of 2010 to determine hunter preference for the 7,050 available licenses.
“We have a new licensing system, and this is the first time we’ve run the bear lottery with it,’’ Dan Stark, DNR wildlife specialist, said Friday. “We’ll rerun it.’’ The tainted results were posted on the DNR’s website, and some 6,000 people viewed the results.
Some hunters now may wrongly think they’ll be getting a license, while others who thought they failed to get drawn may end up with a license. The good news is the DNR hadn’t sent out postcards to lottery winners yet. And no bear hunters were able to buy licenses.
Stark said the DNR hopes to rerun the lottery the first week of June and post the winners soon thereafter. And then the traditional postcards will go out to winners, too.
“Our job is to conduct a fair and accurate lottery and that’s what we will do,” said Dennis Simon, DNR wildlife section chief.
More from Star Tribune
More from Doug Smith
The DNR says members of the committee will contribute to the broader understanding of biological, social and economic aspects of the lake
The Department of Natural Resources will have field testing stations in Kandiyohi, Meeker, Morrison, Pope, Stearns, Swift and Todd counties.
Results mirror results in Minnesota, South Dakota.
Previously, the DNR said it would wait until an annual fall walleye survey was complete on Mille Lacs before determing whether winter walleye fishing could begin Dec. 1.
Deadline to apply is Sept. 24
Recommended For You
Donald Trump confronted head-on allegations that he is racist on Thursday, defending his hard-line approach to immigration while trying to make the case to minority voters that Democrats have abandoned them.
Money to keep project going would come from Met Council, Hennepin County, metro transit board.
Obliging a donor is not necessarily criminal, but if you're in a role that would seem to call for the utmost care in avoiding the perception of favoritism …
Rookie Jose Berrios had the Twins down 6-0 after three innings but stayed in the game to get work and preserve the Twins bullpen.
Amid reports that Donald Trump was in danger of not getting on Minnesota's presidential ballot, the Trump campaign says everything is in order and voters will have a chance to cast their ballot for him in November.