Early findings: Wolf hunt more successful here than out West

  • Article by: DOUG SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 8, 2013 - 9:59 PM
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mwestingJan. 8, 13 8:03 PM

Great to see folks in MN did well, it looks like it was a good season. I have hunted wolves out west and in Canada and been fortunate to harvest quite a few over the years. The fur is like no other. Congrats to the successful hunters and the MN DNR for managing the hunt. Hopefully next year I can harvest a MN wolf.

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lrolf23Jan. 9, 13 7:38 AM

Wolves are apex predators not vegetables so stop using the highly inappropriate word "harvest" when you actually mean kill! 412 wolves were killed only to provide a cheap ($34 tag) thrill to the DNR's stakeholders (ranchers, trapper's and hunters) while the majority of Minnesotans watched in horror. We were railroaded into this wolf hunt by our politicians and the DNR. They bypassed every requirement possible to make sure there would be a wolf hunt. Now there is anger and mistrust toward the government and 412 dead wolves who were still endangered just one year ago. This is unforgivable.

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voner26Jan. 9, 13 1:58 PM

Its a simple explanation that for years they have been protected and I know now for a fact because of the extremely high sightings they have lost their fear of man. It is not unusual for our group to see several every deer season as they appear 50-75 yards away and will just stare at you before loping off. I won't kill what I don't eat so have not bothered to hunt or shoot them. Just last week a pack pulled down a deer on the out skirts of our small NE MN town within full view of a couple of homes. This is not unusual up here.

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gunumdownJan. 9, 13 8:52 PM

The reason is quite simple why Mn hunters were so successful. There are as many wolves in Mn as all the other lower 48 states combined. There are 2-3 times the number of wolves as was originally thought, wait or the DNRS post hunt findings. This hunt was WAY overdue thanks to lawsuits by anti-hunters. Its not tough to shoot them if they are thick in the woods. All quotas need to be tripled and seasons lengthend. Use of dogs and night hunting would help get rid of them as well. Way to go hunters and trappers!

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mwestingJan. 9, 1311:09 PM

Harvest is a word choice I find appropriate in this case. I haven't seen any statistical data showing the wolf hunt caused "horror" to 50% +1 of MN's population.

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theraini1Jan. 10, 13 3:27 AM

I have lost all respect for Minnesota . These animals are very smart , they love their families. They assign babysitters to their puppies. If allowed to live , they mate for life . They mourn their dead. Minnesota was a weekend vacation destination for my family , never again. I've also been surprized by the number of packaged foods from Minnesota that I no longer buy. I also now shop at locally owned grocers . Jewell -Osco had been my families grocerery store for generations ,.. no more. I wonder if humans are capable , as a mass of respecting any living creature ?? Harvest is disgusting word when used to describe lives who bring much more value to this world than their killers .. The delisting has made humanity lose any dignity they had gained over the last 200 years.

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mule52Jan. 10, 13 5:24 AM

Harvest is being used correctly when describing the taking of a wolf, deer, grouse, goose and so on. Look up harvest on the Merriam-Webster dictionary web site. ;-)

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budgrant00Jan. 11, 1311:08 AM

theraini1...ever heard of anthropomorphism? Sorry you can't eat Spam any more.

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budgrant00Jan. 11, 1311:35 AM

I think the idealized lives of wolves that raini1 presents does need to be examined. They mate for life or until a up and coming alpha male or female 'murders' (kills, harvests) the incumbents. Wolf territories are defended to the death, and any wolf that strays out of it's range or falls prey to marauding packs also meet violent ends. Wolves actively hunt down and 'harvest' coyotes for reasons including competition for food and territory, and perhaps 'sport'. Hunting down and harvesting a coyote must be fun for a wolf given the relish they engage in the activity. Now none of this is in condemnation of wolves, nor is it about attributing labels like good or evil on them. They are a product of nature, just as humans are and their actions are based in what is good for the species as a whole, as well as for the individual, as long as it is the strongest or smartest individual. If the anthropomorphists are going to go down the 'wolf baby sitter' route, they need to be aware that daddy and mommy wolf are out murdering other animals and even other wolves while paying the baby sitter nothing but a scrap of regurgitated deer butt.

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gunflintmamaJan. 11, 13 8:37 PM

Wolf killers just can't wrap their heads around the proper wording; wolves are NOT harvested, they are killed. Garlic and parsnips are harvested, as are sunflowers, and millet. Wolves have brains, language, and feel pain. They are killed. Why the need to spin this issue in such a ridiculous fashion? Do the wolf killers actually believe they are fooling anybody? Have the courage to use the proper language, and tell the truth (although expecting such a thing as courage from these folks is probably too much to ask).

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