Longer wolf hunt planned as DNR implements new legislation

The gray wolf lost its federal endangered status in December and the Minnesota Legislature promptly authorized a hunting season in the state.

Now the Department of Natural Resources has finalized the hunt details, calling for two seasons this fall and winter designed to harvest up to 400 wolves.

The state’s wolf population is estimated at 3,000.

The first wolf season coincides with the deer season. The second runs from Nov. 24 to Jan. 31, which is 25 days longer than originally announced, says the Star Tribune. Trapping is also allowed in the second session.

Two hundred wolves can be taken in each of the two seasons,

Another change from the original plan: The hunting area has been divided into three zones instead of two, with harvests targets in each. Zones will be closed if quotas are reached, the paper said.

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Pat Berg on 07/13/2012 - 02:01 pm.

    I still don’t understand the rush

    Whatever happened to the waiting period that was supposed to ensue once the wolf was delisted?

  2. Submitted by Dennis Litfin on 07/14/2012 - 08:50 am.

    DNR Wolf Kill

    “Greed is Good”

  3. Submitted by Tom Sullivan on 07/14/2012 - 10:29 am.

    DNR wolf hunt plan ignores public opposition

    The DNR claims to have made several changes to their original wolf hunting and trapping season proposal based on input received through their online survey, which met their legal requirement to accept public comment – even though the survey was conducted after the fact and was biased towards the concerns of hunters and trappers. Sadly, the DNR continues to ignore the fact that almost 80% of total survey respondents, including both wildlife enthusiasts and hunters, do not want a wolf hunting and trapping season to take place at all in Minnesota. It seems hard to believe the DNR gave any legitimate consideration to the widespread public condemnation of their plans to hunt and trap wolves when they did not take any action to lower the season quota, shorten the season length, or move the season start date back so that it would not coincide with the opening of deer hunting.

    While the DNR has the legal authority, provided by the state legislature, to offer an open season on wolves, they are not under any legal obligation to do so. Yet they continue to act as if the season is legally mandated. The Minnesota Statute that provides the DNR the option to have a wolf hunt actually states “…the commissioner may prescribe open seasons…”, but there is no requirement that it must happen. DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr has the legal authority to stop the season. In light of the clear public disapproval for the DNR plans, and an overwhelming lack of scientific or biological justification for a public take of wolves in Minnesota, Commissioner Landwehr has a responsibility to all Minnesotans to protect a valued public resource by stopping the hunt.

    Our gray wolf population is the largest biologically diverse population of wolves remaining in the lower 48 and the DNR has a responsibility to manage that public resource in accordance with the high social and sustainable economic value they represent to all of our residents, not just hunters and trappers.

    The DNR doesn’t seem to fully understand they are a taxpayer funded organization that has a responsibility to represent the interests of all Minnesotans, including outdoor enthusiasts and sportsmen alike. By ignoring the almost 80% of survey respondents, that included hunters opposed to a wolf hunt, and the many other mainstream organizations that represent animal advocates and wildlife enthusiasts against the hunt, the DNR season plans are a clear demonstration that they are beholden to special interest lobby groups like the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association, the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, and the Minnesota Trappers Association – and have no actual concern on this matter for the viewpoint of the vast majority of taxpayers that fund their daily operations.

    If you are like most in this state that do not want to see our iconic wolves hunted and trapped for trophies, visit http://www.howlingforwolves.org/dnr-letter and let Commissioner Tom Landwehr know that he needs to use his legal authority to stop the hunt before it’s too late.

  4. Submitted by Kelly Andersen on 07/15/2012 - 07:05 am.

    And how long will it take us to restore the population when they figure out this was a stupid idea and they are overhunted. They can never leave things alone.

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