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D.N.R. Looks to Increase the Number of Conservation Officers

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The D.N.R. says it needs more conservation officers to handle a growing number of cases.

The number of officers has dropped in recent year and one lieutenant say it is now at its lowest level.

The department is looking at adding 100 officers over the next several years.

The governor wants to use money from the general fund to add 25 officers. A bill that would increase most hunting and fishing fees would provide additional funding.

The caseload can be overwhelming, especially during the busy times of the year when people spend the most time outdoors. The D.N.R. says three counties in the state have no officers at all.

The bill to increase hunting and fishing fees has passed the senate but has not been discussed in the house. The house is not willing to look at any senate bills until an agreement is reached on Medicaid expansion.

Kyle Mitchell and Photojournalist Tony Zyber have more on the proposal to increase the number of officers.