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The DNR becomes less credible by the minute. The wolf hunt, mineral lease deals near the BWCA and their autocratic behavior are very troubling. What else can we expect from Governor Trust Fund?
And what does the DNR care about public opinion anyway? The survey they conducted themselves on their own website showed 80% OPPOSED the hunt. 1,542 people supported a wolf season, 5,809 opposed it.
We need new officials who listen to what the public say and who believe in options (like tranquilizing an animal before killing it). Too much rash action and not enough listening, planning or thinking.
"The lawsuit contends the DNR did not allow for adequate public comment before it issued regulations for the state's first wolf season since the animals came off the endangered list." - the key word being "allow" taking, then not taking into consideration is the same thing as not allowing. The DNR should be disbanded and reconstituted with science focused, rather than political appeasing individuals. The case has merit and 80% of respondants agree.
It won't hurt the wolf population.... none except those that are shot and killed, that is. I say if someone is going to shoot it, you'd damned well better eat it. All of it.
I am so happy to have drawn a wolf tag for the inaugural Mn wolf hunt. :-)
Finally,a chance to thin the herd.
It is time to get the politics out of this! Science shows it is time to allow hunts, and PETA is using emotion to gain control. Science is not about public input and hearings, it is about facts.
I'm not opposed to herd management if it's done correctly, but knocking out over 10 percent of the state's total population doesn't seem very reasonable - especially when you add the illegal kills on top of it. (if you don't think that's going to happen you're living in fantasyland.) I get the impression this hunt is more political than science-based. I'd support them going back to the drawing board, locking out the extremists on both sides and coming up with a plan for a smaller hunt next year.
"I say if someone is going to shoot it, you'd damned well better eat it." ............ So what's so unreasonable about that? Canines are on the menu in many countries on a routine basis and there are some excellent recipes that can be googled up. Wolf is no doubt quite similar in taste and probably much healthier, given the garbage (literally) that many domesticated dogs are fed.
If you have a problem with the wolf hunt talk to your legislator, they are the ones that told the DNR to hold the hunt this year.
I know for a fact that MY legislators didn't tell the DNR to hold the hunt!! I agree with Stevenel, herd management is one thing but who the hell thinks that trapping is a good idea?? The only other word for trapping is torture. C'mon, people, we're better than that.
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