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Minnesota Supreme Court Rejects Effort to Block Wolf Hunt

by PH Online Editors   |  October 30th, 2012 6

Gray-wolfAs Minnesota prepares for opening day of wolf season November 3, the controversy surrounding the once-endangered species continues to erupt.

Earlier this week the Minnesota Supreme Court rejected an effort by the Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves to stop the hunt from taking place. Despite their claims that Department of Natural Resources officials didn’t adequately consider public opinion in the matter, Chief Justice Lorie Gildea thought otherwise, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune.

Plenty of Minnesota residents are apparently in favor of the hunt, as 614 leftover licenses were released and snatched up Monday after only two-and-a-half minutes. Fish and Wildlife director Ed Boggess said the demand for wolf permits has been strong and steady.

“We had 23,000 applications for 6,000 wolf licenses,” Boggess told the Star Tribune, which includes applications for the early November 3 season and the later November 24 trapping season. Meanwhile, DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr praised the ruling for clearing up any uncertainty over the wolf hunt.

Minnesota is the second controversial battleground state for wolf hunting this year, following Wisconsin, where their season is already underway. Already there have been death threats directed at one hunter who shared a photo on Facebook of the wolf he killed in Wisconsin, while an intense debate has raged over a hound dog killed by wolves in October.

  • Frank R Weber

    As per the billboards to stop the hunt, if pain (trapping is torture) is an issue, with us being a fair and concerned society, I feel that deer should have a vote in this. I have listened to two of them being taken down and they were not happy about being turned into wolf turds judging by the squalling I heard. I have seen many other carcasses in Minnesota and Ontario. I grew up and live in Minnesota's forestland and if we wish to keep a balance some of the wolf population has to be removed.

  • mike

    thats right lets kill the wolfs all over again just because their doing what nature wants them to do. Hunt and live its not like they can just walk into walmart and get what they want to eat. So someones hound got killed I'm sorry it happen,but it doesn't mean you go and open up a season to kill ( WOLVES ) look at the good the do. They keep diseace down and weed out the week if they were around you hunters would not have the big bucks and the other health sport pray to hunt.

  • Ridge Climber

    No one said we were going to annihilate them, just help regulate. The wolves that were put into Yellowstone and other regions came from a much harsher ecosystem than even Yellowstone presents. In essence we entered an Enzo Ferrari in a regulation nascar race and as a result the competition (Elk, Deer, Cattle.) get methodically slaughtered. If they wanted it done right they should have put something actually similar to the wolves that originally inhabited the area but they didn't, we received fair warning from Canadian game officials and it was ignored. Now we have the mess in which we sit where I travel with my family to a forest which was once rich with Elk and now we are lucky if we spot a track in remote areas rarely traveled. Grow up Mike and get a reality check. They aren't the same wolves as before which makes them an invasive species so even if they weren't overpopulating and slaughtering their food source populations, they need to be killed to restore the ecosystem. Whether we hunt the Elk or not.

  • John ODonnell

    These city dwelling liberals just hate hunters… Plain and simple. Good luck to all you guys with wolf tags…..Hunt em up boys. I wish I was there… . .

  • andy

    Wolves were never extirpated from Minnesota. There have always been thousands of wolves in northern Minnesota. To incur that wolves from Cananda somehow hold competitive advantages over historically native (now extirpated) US Rocky Mountain wolves holds very little weight. More like the relocated wolves are enjoying compensatory gain from very heavy populations of elk and deer, which were in turn enjoying compensatory gains from not having been pursued by wolves for a few decades. In addition, since hunting is not allowed in national parks, cervid populations there were virtually uncontrolled, save disease and starvation. Aldo Leopold- “I now suspect that just as a deer herd lives in mortal fear of its wolves, so does a mountain live in mortal fear of its deer. And perhaps with better cause, for while a buck pulled down by wolves can be replaced in two or three years, a range pulled down by too many deer may fail of replacement in as many decades.”

  • andy

    He is right, however. In the park let nature balance itself out. Outside the park there are many other factors to consider. The state should ensure wolves persist where society is willing, allow hunters the opportunity at surplus, and allow ranchers the ability to protect their herd. Wolves are a renewable resource. We have the science to conserve the species and harvest individuals. And fur coats are awesome!

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