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Published August 12, 2012, 04:17 PM

DNR hire deals with farmers' complaints about deer

ELBA, Minn. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources is listening to farmers' complaints about destructive deer in southeastern Minnesota.

ELBA, Minn. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources is listening to farmers' complaints about destructive deer in southeastern Minnesota.

The DNR has hired Clint Luedtke as the agency's new deer depredation specialist.

Luedtke helped Whitewater Gardens Farm near Elba after owner Lonny Dietz asked the DNR for help. Dietz estimates that deer destroy $5,000 to $10,000 of his crops annually.

Luedtke brought over temporary electric fence to keep the deer out. He also is arranging for up to $5,000 in permanent fencing the Dietzes will have to put up on their own around their eight acres of vegetables.

But while Luedtke can do some things to help, he tells the Post-Bulletin of Rochester the overall problem will not go away.

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