ST. PAUL - Paul Telander of Bemidji, a 28-year wildlife management veteran of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, has been named the Fish and Wildlife Division's new wildlife section chief.

Telander, who has been regional wildlife manager for the DNR's northwest region since 2005, begins his new duties Dec. 5. Hereplaces Dennis Simon, who retired in September.

His career also includes 21 years as manager or assistant manager of the 55,000 acre Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area and surrounding area.

Telander will oversee a $47.2 million annual wildlife section budget and a staff of 220 full-time and 81 part-time employees. The section carries out research and management programs affecting state wildlife species and habitat.

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