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Manning: DNR needs commission

July 27, 2008 at 09:33 PM

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources needs to be shifted to control of a commission and taken out of the political spectrum.

So says former DNR Director Brent Manning in a Sunday interview with Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times.Illinois Outdoors

Manning’s call for a commission is not his first. But in the face of yet another round of budget cuts for the DNR he had built to such a respected level, it is particularly timely.

Writes Bowman:

Manning envisioned a commission selected from something like the Conservation Congress, which featured representatives from park districts, forest preserves and conservation, hunting, fishing and paddling groups. He thought it might be best to use the IDNR’s five-region setup, with one or two commissioners from each region.

Click here to read the rest of Bowman’s column on the subject.

Click here to read more from Bowman’s interview with Manning.




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Illinois DNR=Joke

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/28 at 09:24 PM

No..The Illinois goverment is a JOKE!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/29 at 06:17 PM

No…. Governor=Idiot, Moron, Weasle, BIG LOSER!!!!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/30 at 10:27 AM


Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/30 at 06:34 PM

So, lungbuster, you support the cuts and downsizing in the IDNR?  Less bureaucracy, right?  And you are opposed to Mr. Manning’s plan to create a commission, since that would be more bureaucracy?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/31 at 07:19 AM

yes, jeff2020, I do support downsizing the DNR, along with every other government program. idnr already receives millions upon millions of our tax dollars every year and we are one of the worst states in the u.s. for public hunting land access. don’t try to lump me into some bucket that says because i am in favor of downsizing the DNR and our government that I am somehow against conservation, hunting, ect.  2 things that scare me the most is when someone says, hi i am from the government and i’m here to help. government sucks, taxes suck, and anyone who is fighting this DNR downsizing sucks.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/31 at 05:29 PM

Downsizing the DNR makes no sense to me, I see on a daily basis the struggles a biologist goes through to do his or her job, not only are they biologists, they are their own technicians, etc, etc.  All of this because the DNR has been cut back to nothing. Makes no sense lungbuster.  Look how long it takes to process permits now, let alone get a question answered from the DNR.  Conservation Police Officers who are retiring probably won’t have their positioned filled which only leads to more game violations or more calls another warden who just gained more territory has to take.  Downsizing is beneficial to the residents of Illinois? Hows that?
It takes man power to operate public hunting ground and if you don’t have the man power or financial means how can you open up more public land for hunting. Our Governor fills these upper DNR positions with his a** kissers, then fills their pockets full of money in the mean time we lose another position in the DNR due to cutbacks.  Next time you climb back into your treestand to bust a lung only to have your hunt interupted by a poacher with his bead drawn down on that monster you have been watching all summer remember not to call the local gamewarden because he is probably busy working other calls from that person who just retired and is not having that position filled due to downsizing.  I agree on two things you said, taxes suck and goverment sucks, and for sure the Illinois goverment sucks for now. I guess I suck too, because I am fighting the DNR downsizing.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/31 at 08:51 PM

I have to agree with illbowhunter.
Downsizing the DNR further is only going to diminish opportunity here.

The general fund benefits greatly from outdoor dollars. But at the rate we’re going, Blago will kill his own golden goose.

Outdoor dollars should be re-invested in the outdoors. Instead they are spent on hugely inflated salaries, expense accounts, and “helicopter fuel”.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/01 at 03:08 PM

Enough of our crooked politics and fiscal smoke and mirrors.

I would really like to hear Mr. Manning’s thoughts on the cougar “situation” here in Ill-annoy.

If our DNR ever gets back on track, do you think the public will finally be told of how the agency could not acknowledge the presence of a large predator within our state, and was forced to participate in a dis-information campaign?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/01 at 03:12 PM

come on raptor do you believe in ufo’s and black helicoptors too?  I am not a biologist but cougars are not as common as the public believes nor is IDNR releasing them at night to control the deer population.  It makes perfect sense for young male cougars to disperse from western states and end up as far east as Illinos or Missouri.  So far, two dead cougars have been confirmed in Illinois, and I think another in Chicago area.  Nobody is releasing these animals behind your back.  Is there more in Illinois?  Probably, but only a solitary individual not breeding populations.  IDNR has acknowledged the two dead cougars but they have no information to say we have a population of cougars in Illinois. 

A public agency just can’t release an animal like cougars without litigation.  Remember elk in shawnee?  There is a process to go through.  Cannot just release them secrectly.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/01 at 03:34 PM

Who said anything about releasing them?
Not me.
The disinformation campaign is not about covering up releases.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/01 at 05:23 PM

No breeding population?
Copy and past this:

A whole lot of evidence has been glossed over, even video, because the DNR cannot financially shoulder a large predator living in Illinois.
Tracking, inventorying, tagging, relocation,
...they can’t even afford to sufficiently manage our resources now.
Cheaper to ignore the 200 pound cougar in the room,
and declare it a large housecat.
Thanks to Blago.
Why do you think Brent Manning left his post as soon as Blago came around.
Because he knew that this buffoon would severely hobble his beloved DNR.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/01 at 05:35 PM

Our Governor has even cut the DNR’s budget for toilet paper, they are limited to three sheets per wipe, yet his buffoon boys keep getting raises.  It is a shame we lost someone like Brent Manning at least he was a sportsman and cared about this State.
It would be safe to say the DNR doesn’t spend much time on this whole cougar situation, if anyone has any knowledge on cougar behavior the young males will drift into new areas to establish their territory.  Food, water and cover is alls the need.
Plenty of that here in this state so as we know we have had wolves and cougars in this state.  I believe at one point we didn’t have a chief biologist whom was in charge of our states turkeys either, anybody know if this is true.  It would be typical under the Blago regime, retire one, hire one of his buddies for some other non-related job to keep the budget straight, he could maybe hire his lackey buddy from Chicago Emil Jones. I am sure he knows as much about turkeys as our acting DNR director.  My suggestion on the cougars is let them alone and if we do decide to release them we make sure we do it when Blago is in Springfield and we release them into the Governor’s mansion.  Then again, they may not eat him.  It would probably be like eating a BullS**t sandwich.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/01 at 10:24 PM

Sorry raptor you did not say anything about releasing them but I have heard that so many times.  Black cats are not cougars but south american jaguars.  As far as breeding populations there just is not any evidence, nobody really knows what this man saw. My point is that cougar mania does not exist in Illinois, people think there is some cover up by dnr to keep cougars a secret, I just don’t see it that way.  Too many misidentified sightings.

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