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Minnesota bear hunt lottery to be redone due to mistake

Some Minnesota bear hunters may be under the mistaken impression they have been selected as winners in the state's bear-license lottery because they viewed incorrect content on the agency's website before the error was detected, according to a Mi...

Some Minnesota bear hunters may be under the mistaken impression they have been selected as winners in the state's bear-license lottery because they viewed incorrect content on the agency's website before the error was detected, according to a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources news release on Friday.

So, hunters who applied for a 2011 Minnesota bear hunting permit will have to wait a little longer to determine if they were successful. The DNR is re-running the bear lottery due to a computer-related error.

"The message to bear hunters is that we'll get the word out when correct

lottery results are available," Dennis Simon, DNR wildlife section chief, said in a statement. "We regret any inconvenience this misinformation has caused."

Simon said older data from 2009 rather than the most current data from

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2010 was used by the computer to determine hunter preference level. As a result, many bear-hunting permit winners were erroneously selected based on incorrect preference information.

"Our job is to conduct a fair and accurate lottery and that's what we will do," said Simon.

New lottery results will be posted on the DNR website in early June, and successful hunters also will be notified by mail later in June.

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