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Game and Fish Concerned About Possible Land Transfer

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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is concerned about a potential transfer of land that would affect wildlife and public recreation.

The Corps received a request from the three affiliated tribes to transfer the land to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The proposed area is approximately 37,000 acres.

Game and fish leases 7500 acres of the land for wildlife production and management areas.

Assistant Wildlife Chief Jeb Williams says there is a growing demand for outdoor recreation and says the public should have a say in the matter.

"We think the public is deserving to know when there's something like this on the table which has the potential to transfer public lands, you know, away from people who participate in hunting and fishing activities that are now open to the public and accessible to the public and so it's definitely a concern for us," says Jeb Williams, Assistant Wildlife Chief, ND Game and Fish Dept.

Williams says this was also an issue in 2004 and Senator Hoeven was very adamant about the public being involved in the process.

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