Minnesota's wolves: From hunters to hunted

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 12, 2012 - 9:21 AM

Once despised by most, wolves now are revered by many. A November hunt in Minnesota has provoked both sides.

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strib1991Sep. 11, 12 5:50 PM

Oops! "Learn to co-exist WITHOUT violent trapping and hunting seasons".

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davemooreSep. 11, 12 6:03 PM

[The wolf has] "been upgraded to first-class game status, no different in many ways than ducks, pheasants and deer." Really, game? I eat all the game I shoot... I wonder how Dennis Anderson will prepare his wolf this year? Shooting animals for sport is not "hunting," and describing it as such is probably the harshest insult one could level at a real hunter.

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mike77Sep. 11, 12 6:18 PM

This is SICK! Any legislature member who voted for this needs to be fired this Novemeber. Just to be safe vote out ALL INCUBANTS ( tip they are the ones with all the UGLY yard signs) FORGET the party vote out the BUTCHERS! 23,000 signed up for this a real sign that we have BLOOD THIRSTY creeps in our community.

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aanen1Sep. 11, 12 6:31 PM

I fail to see the point of hunting an animal that you do not intend to eat.

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wardnjuneSep. 11, 12 6:43 PM

This is akin to trophy hunting. Game hunting? No problem, pheasants in the freezer are a good thing. So is venison, walleye and duck. Killing for the thrill of it? Sick.

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wardnjuneSep. 11, 12 7:03 PM

What other term can you use for trapping other than "animal cruelty?" There is none.

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wardnjuneSep. 11, 12 7:04 PM

I correct myself. There is another term for trapping: "animal torture."

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cmoriaritySep. 11, 12 7:45 PM

I'm all for hunting for food, but 23,000 people didn't sign up for the lottery to eat the wolf. Plain and simple, its the thrill of taking down a keystone predator. The fact of the matter is, the wolf population has been steady at 3,000 for the last several years, and when wolf numbers leveled off, there was actually an increase in deer. Now of course predators would rather go after livestock than a wild animal. Livestock are in the same place, every single day, all the time, and they don't have the advantages, such as superior hearing, sight, and speed over wolves that deer and elk have. They're the easy kill. Besides, there are 80,000 coyotes in Minnesota alone, and while they have open season, I don't see people as excited to go out and "control" their population. And, it would be in the best interests for all hunters to look further into what is pushing moose and elk out of Minnesota. It is too dangerous for them to be too far down south, because brainworm is being commonly found in herds of deer, and moose and elk are naturally moving north where they are safer. Natural predators are good for the prey populations. Wolves weed out the sick and weak, allowing for the healthiest prey to mate more. So much hate of wolves comes from the unknown and outdated fairy tales. With a little more understanding, it is more likely that Minnesotans and wolves can co-exist peacefully. I recommend that if you want to learn something new about wolves, you visit the Wildlife Science Center in Columbus on a Saturday when the facility is open to the public. They have 36 wolves in total across a few different breeds, and have studied wolves for years.

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cenrtlmnSep. 11, 12 7:51 PM

The people commenting on here should come and visit wolf country, right after they've "hunted, tortured, or btchered"ne of my cows. The cows are how I make my living, I care for them as much as I care for my children!! You have NO idea have much destruction they can do to a cow herd.

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ldahlkeSep. 11, 12 7:58 PM

I have a great idea, let's move all the wolves to the Twin cities here and then let's see who preaching about save the wolves when their beloved dogs and cats start dissappearing or worse yet humans actually get attacked. I'm willing to bet most people preaching save the wolves have never seen one in the wild nor have they seen the distruction they can do. Wolves are worse than the coyote issue we have in the suburbs today.

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