ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)- The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is adding a Spanish-language version of its online hunter safety course.
The Natural Resources Police said Monday that the measure is a large step toward reaching the Hispanic community with hunter safety information.
Lt. Joe Offers says the agency is also working on Spanish-language classroom courses in hunter safety.
One must take a hunter safety course to obtain a Maryland hunting license.
The online course covers the same material taught in the classroom. It is offered through Dallas-based contractor Kalkomey Enterprises Inc.
The company says the Spanish version enables more people to get hunting licenses.
A 2010 Maryland state park user survey found that nearly 1 percent of daily visitors said Spanish was their preferred language.