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Hmmm... could it be that they inflated the population numbers after all? You'd think with 3500+ wolves in the state - or so the DNR said - that they'd be easy pickins. Not so much, huh? I really believe that the numbers were highly inflated so the wolf hunt could happen. Just a senseless massacre. And now the moose are borderline endangered yet they're STILL going to allow a season on them! Sick! Minnesota is known for being a beautiful northern state with abundant wildlife and woods. Why are those 'in charge' so determined to wipe that out?
First, I would never shoot a wolf. I don't disagree with the hunting season, however. As one who has traversed the northern third of this state for 50 years as a hunter, outdoors person, etc., I would suspect the DNR was perhaps off in the population estimates, too. With no scientific or empirical backing, only years of being in the woods with and without a firearm, I would venture to guess the DNR estimate was considerably lower than the actual population. Too many have been harvested too quickly for me to think there were only 3500 out there to start with.
DNR = Does Not Register with what the majority of MN citizens want and expect in management of our natural resources. These wolves belong to all Minnesotans and there is no valid reason to kill them. This "hunt" is just one more opportunity for the testosterone hyped killers to find another target for their rage. The DNRs attempt to "manage" our resources makes things worse for every species that have a killing season. Why must our natural resources be hunted and killed? The baiting of black bears cannot be called hunting. Its shooting our bears in a barrel and these bears do nothing to bother humans. This wolf hunt convinces me that Mr. Landwehr and his department DO NOT have the best interests of Minnesotans and our natural resources at heart. It is tortuous to hear the daily kill count, knowing these wonderful intelligent wolves are caught in traps waiting for a hunter to come and kill them. Again it's like shooting fish in a barrel. This department needs to just go away. We will all be better off, including the state's wildlife,
The DNR is a part of the historically inefficient government of Minnesota. What evidence do you have that they would be able to perform even to a minimum standard? I live in the north and the DNR has a well earned reputation of being a horrible bureaucracy. Wolves are not a problem. Deer are a major problem, they ruin gardens/land, cause massive vehicle accidents and even take lives. Wolves are the deers only predator. DNR says shoot wolves not more deer. Like I said, DNR has earned their disgraceful reputation up here. What they say is given zero credibility.
lynneploetz, I am so glad that the DNR ignores people that have no clue on how to manage wildlife, nor have any idea what hunting is all about. There is nothing wrong with the way the DNR is managing Minnesota's wildlife! By the way, hunters are NOT testosterone hyped killers, never have been, never will be! FYI, there are Lady Hunters out there also, ya know?!?!
This wolf hunt will be a sade history for Minnesota - there was no excuse for this hunt other than money for the state at the expense of killing the wolves. It is a terrible tragedy for this wonderful animal. What makes one think that the killing will stop? It won't, especally in Northern Minnesota where they brag about their shoot, kill and bury code. They are 99% kill crazy, wanna be macho hunters in Northern MN. because this is what they grew up with and it won't end till all the old hunters with this philosophy have died. Too bad they had to instill this motto into their kids but lets hope the kids will understand nature better than their parents did and quit killing innocent animals and trapping other animals and subjecting them to a horrible death in traps - traps that, by the way, trap innocent dogs who happen to wander into them. People who trap need to have their foot caught in one and see how it feels.
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