Many hunters won't get a shot at seeing a wolf

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 29, 2012 - 7:16 AM

The elusive creatures are widely dispersed in the northern third of state.

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gunflintmamaOct. 28, 12 2:34 AM

Many hunters won't get a shot at seeing a wolf? I like it!

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Willy53Oct. 28, 12 6:41 AM

The first paragraph of this article is the tell on the DNR's rush to open a season on wolves. Ten hunters make a lot of noise about not seing deer and watching a wolf take a doe down. An outrage and outcry of indecency from that core DNR constituency (the DNR's chosen constituency) quickly prodded a consensus within the agency to open the season. A majority of Minnesotans are disappointed that the State manages our wild woodlands to produce game for hunting and not for ecological balance and preserving native habitat. Our woods are for the most part no more than weeds with respect to the mature forests of 3 centuries ago. I'm tired of simply giving up the woods to hunters from late September until Christmas. The idea that they enjoy their sport with such impunity from the risk they impart to the rest of us is odd. I support hunting and the part it plays in the management of wildlife and local ecology. I'm disappointed that hysterical deer hunters (a group disproportionately hostile to the presence of even a few wolves in the state)have driven the DNR policy to open up hunting and trapping of wolves.

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oldvinnieOct. 28, 12 7:38 AM

Only the sick or dumb wolves will get killed. There aren't many dumb ones. I'd say maybe 40 wolves will be seen and a few more will be heard. I've heard them while alone in the woods. You can't imagine all your hair standing straight up!

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bizsmithOct. 28, 12 8:14 AM

Coyotes are Wily (beep, beep). Wolves are smart.

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mobydick1Oct. 28, 12 8:51 AM

I propose we grant a license to our wolf hunters to hunt at the animal shelter. There they could kill a few of these feral animals with greater ease.

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beegusOct. 28, 12 9:56 AM

Those who are really against wolf-hunting should put their money where their mouths are.Go buy a wolf permit and then not use it. That would reduce the number of hunters in the woods and help the D.N.R. do the other work they do which helps Minnesota's woods and lakes.

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getcrazyOct. 28, 1210:36 AM

"At the time, the DNR said Minnesota had only 400 wolves. But in the first month, the government trapped 50 of them off my place alone. That was back when they live-trapped wolves and moved them 25 miles or so away and let them go."----So they let them go and they came back and got trapped again. Maybe the exact same wolves. We don't know that they weren't the same ten wolves caught 5 times each. This isn't science. What is science is that wolves live in the area and that having a cattle farm there is going to present some issues with wolves. Cattle are only there because humans brought them there while wolves have been there for millions of years. Really this is your problem not ours. How come people can walk within inches of a wolf at the zoo and not get bitten? You need put up a fence to protect your animals because of where you have chosen to bring cattle. This isn't our problem anymore than it is our problem that someone builds a house in a floodplain. They have to build a dike and you have to build a fence to protect your cattle. Do that and the problem is resolved. Either that or move to a place where they aren't such easy prey for predators that naturally exist there. Just don't make your problem our problem. As for the hunting I could care less if there really is valid science to management of the species. I just don't like other peoples choices to become my problem. Especially when they don't think things through clearly. You say this has been going on since 1975 and you still haven't resolved the problem and built a fence? This is your problem. It isn't the problem of the people of the state of MN. You've had 37 years to build a fence. Don't blame the wolf for being lazy for 36 years instead of building a fence or moving your farm. You actually think we should decimate a species just so some lazy person who doesn't want to build a fence can have a cattle farm? Get real.

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meechemillOct. 28, 1211:32 AM

Gov. Dayton and the money hungry DNR ought to be ashamed of what they have granted the hunters to do - Maybe your pet dog will get caught in one of the terrible wolf traps - then you won't think it's such a good idea - you don't want your dog to suffer but don't care how much the wolves will suffer when caught in the the viscious trap - this is so sad - don't know how any legislaters can sleep at night knowing what they passed to satisfy the hunters. Vote every single incumbant out in every election - maybe then they will have time to think about the people and animals they hurt with their uneducated laws. It's the representatives from up north who were pushing for this terrible wolf hunt law - vote them out as soon as you get the chance - they are so insensitive to animal pain that they can't be good for anything else!

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sooozeOct. 28, 12 2:57 PM

Twenty wolves killed in Wisconsin as of Oct 24 - nine days into the hunt. This, in a state where the wolf population is estimated to be less than a third of Minnesota's. Legal hunting there, combined with poaching and other human-caused wolf mortality might well have the effect of reducing the numbers of Wisconsin wolves to a level from which the population cannot recover. Minnesota's wolves are at risk as well. I fervently hope the HSUS is successful in its effort to re-list midwestern wolves. For the record, I intended to buy a hunting license and a wolf permit once those not claimed by lottery winners go on sale to the public. On further consideration, I concluded that such action on the part of wolf advocates might serve to justify the DNR's issuing even more permits next year (provided there is a hunt). I'd hate for a well-intentioned act to backfire.

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sedna101Oct. 28, 12 4:07 PM

Anyone who kills for the joy of killing is a psychopath and should be safely locked away from decent people. Be done unto as you do.

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