A bill from Rep. Collin Peterson, co-sponsored by Rep. Pete Stauber, seeks to return wolf-population management to the states in the Great Lakes region.
As the federal government prepares to cut wolves from the Endangered Species Act again, the debate over wolf hunting in Minnesota is emerging anew.
Restocking wolves on Isle Royale is the first time that the National Park Service has intervened in a designated wilderness area to manipulate a predator-prey relationship.
The DNR’s own 2012 survey showed that 79 percent of Minnesotans do not want wolves hunted or trapped. Our senators desperately need to be reminded of this.
Human manipulation, having contributed so much to the island’s ecological problems, will now be used to ease them.
The good news is, they still have their canine teeth. The bad: Reproduction is almost certainly out of the question.
Two bills — H.R. 424 and S. 164 — would remove federal protections, prevent any review by the courts and turn wolf management over to states dead set on killing wolves.
The National Park Service will now focus on the core question of whether to replace the island’s crashed wolf population with new wolves rounded up and imported from elsewhere.
The National Park Service’s options have dwindled, too, from three general options to just two: a full-scale reintroduction program or “letting nature take its course.”
Questions went before voters in the form of policy referendums, bond issues and other initiatives; the result was a rich mix of progress and retreat.
The number of wolves counted in the two-month winter study puts the island’s population up by just one wolf — to nine.
Germany struggles to manage its mushrooming wolf population.
No “genetic rescue” or other intervention in the fate of the wolves, who now number nine, is on the table for at least the next several years.
Anyone who thinks that sound science has justified ending federal protections for the gray wolf needs to think again.
A key rationale for sport trapping and hunting comes under scrutiny, with no showing of effectiveness.
Authors argue that the Forest Service’s reasoning in deciding to delist gray wolves in the lower 48 states effectively repeals the Endangered Species Act.
In Minnesota, the late season closed more than a full month earlier than scheduled, on Dec. 28.
Park Superintendent Phyllis Green said “there are no timelines” for settling on the specifics of a management response to the wolves’ low population numbers, and that all options — including nonintervention — remain open.
A comparative look at wolf populations and hunting policies in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Nature has provide a system of checks and balances that man has destroyed as a result of overpopulation, overhunting, and the simple pleasure of trophy killing.