It's a fragile restoration for wolves

  • Article by: HOWARD GOLDMAN
  • Updated: October 17, 2012 - 7:31 PM

The hunting season betrays a compromise and is ill-advised.

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thehoffersOct. 17, 12 8:08 PM

I have the feeling there will be resistance to hunting no matter what, and the reasoning will be crafted to suit the goal. There are plenty of people who don't want deer hunting, and insist we administer birth control to deer populations to replace hunting pressure.

aanen1Oct. 17, 12 8:13 PM

To shoot an animal that you do not intend to eat makes no sense. "To hunt an animal to extinction is not logical." Mr. Spock, Star Trek IV.

erikj3Oct. 17, 12 8:17 PM

There is no legitimate reason to kill a wolf unless it is attacking you or one of your animals. We don't eat them, obviously, and we don't need them for fur. The hunt should be cancelled.

rmhm33Oct. 17, 12 8:18 PM

Well spoken! The wolf has become the most visible symbol of Minnesota's wilderness. We are now known world-wide for our wolf population. And believe or not, numerous tourists come to Minnesota to see our wolves. Don't destroy or jeopardize this magnificent symbol of Minnesota. Show that we can rise above a desire just for a mere trophy.

zendogOct. 17, 12 8:33 PM

"This year, 400 wolves are expected to be killed during the scheduled season. Another 300 will be killed legally under livestock depredation controls, plus an estimated 300 more will be killed illegally." How many new pups will be born? Typical leftist opinions that they spew out as fact with out the facts. Nothing new here, move along.

bethmdOct. 17, 12 8:36 PM

Where is the rest of the DNR survey? I tried to review but there were 4500 comments that the author did not supply. Feels shady when you are only given part of the facts.

ralphwiggamOct. 17, 12 8:40 PM

The Federal Endangered Species Act adopted in 1974 required that a Recovery Plan be prepared, and that recovery criteria established in the recovery plan INCLUDE the assured survival of the gray wolf population in Minnesota.... This same recovery plan identified 1,250 to 1,400 as the population goal for Minnesota.... The state’s wolf population has been at or above that level since the late 1970s and could have been de-listed shortly thereafter.... The Wisconsin/Michigan wolf population has been above 100 since the winter of 1993-1994, achieving their respective goals in the Recovery Plan, and with respect to Wisconsin, those wolves re-established themselves by coming from Minnesota.... The report prepared by the USFWS for the ESA plan states, “With this consistent expansion in numbers and range, the gray wolf population is healthy and recovered in the western Great Lakes region.” The author intentionally misleads readers by not acknowledging that the purpose of the hunt is population management.... The current population is above goals and the State has the authority to utilize tools, including hunting, to manage overall numbers.... The motivation of an individual hunter or trapper has absolutely NOTHING to do with the population management goal.... The fact that someone hunts a wolf, regardless of motivation, is a part of that management tool, just as are depredation permits. The author seeks to further stoke passions by using inflammatory language while completely ignoring the scientific basis and reasons for this hunt (set out by the Endangered Species Act Gray Wolf Recovery Plan no less) to gain support. You can hunt, not hunt or be anti-hunting, but at least become better educated. The author is, but chooses to keep you ignorant to satisfy his own goals.

kushka53Oct. 17, 12 8:48 PM

I just don't understand the need for hunting them at this point. These animals are a symbol of the American West and they are not so overpopulated that any sort of culling is necessary. I spent years in Africa and I know the difficulty of wildlife "management," and in this case the shooting of these beautiful creatures seems gratuitous and ugly. Shame on the hunters and shame on the Wildlife Services for allowing it.

Douglind33Oct. 17, 12 8:58 PM

I have been a hunter for years and have seen my share of timberwolves. Can't see why anyone would want to hunt them. Sport? Really?Protecting livestock, etc., is legt, but an open hunt is of questionable merit. A coyote hunt, that makes sense.

farkelsteinOct. 17, 12 9:26 PM

the statement by mr. goldman that "it's a fragile restoration for wolves" is so far from the truth that it's sad. i've lived in northern mn. most of my life and even when they were on the endangered list there were still plenty of wolves. now they are out of controll and a season is badly needed. i know people who have had their dog attacked by wolves, who have had their cattle killed by wolves and others who have been stalked by wolves while walking in the woods. it's too bad people who live in the larger cities try make the rules for those of us who live with and know the problem. THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF WOLVES ANYWHERE IN NORTHERN MN.


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