ST. PAUL (AP) - Minnesota's legislative auditor says the Department of Natural Resources should develop a formal deer management plan that includes strategies to improve and maintain hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities.

In a report released Thursday, the auditor says the DNR's current deer population model is sound. It says aspects of the DNRs' methods are commendable and align with best management practices.

But the report also says work is needed to improve the agency's statistical methods, including more field research. And it says the DNR should provide more information to local advisory teams when setting deer population goals.

DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr concurs with the report's key recommendations. He says the DNR is working toward developing a comprehensive deer management plan and will work to involve hunters and other stakeholders in the process.