A seasoned federal wildlife official who knows Minnesota and neighboring states well will be filling a key leadership role in regulating all hunting and fishing in Minnesota. Jim Leach will take over next month as director of the Fish and Wildlife Division for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the state agency announced Wednesday.
In his duties with the DNR, Leach will oversee a division that sets fishing, hunting and other wildlife-related regulations; carries out census, survey and research projects, and promotes habitat protection and development on public and private lands. The division has a $139 million annual budget and a staff of 575.
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