Minnesota's wolf season closes with 237 wolves killed

  • Article by: Doug Smith , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 30, 2013 - 9:31 PM

The second-ever season — 29 days compared to 41 last year — exceeded the kill target by 17.

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supervon2Dec. 30, 1311:27 AM

That is a lot of wolves. If they didn't harvest them how deep would be in wolves in a few years? That would become very dangerous.

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davisrtDec. 30, 1311:29 AM

The next time you hear a story about a coyote killing someone's cat, dog , sheep, or calf be sure to thank the hunters who kill wolves and the wimpy DNR that encourages wolf kills. Why? Because the most effective predator of coyotes is the wolf! Stop wolf hunts now.

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gkstoutDec. 30, 1311:53 AM

However one tries to justify this, it's still killing for entertainment, and a sad comment on humanity--or lack thereof.

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eddie55431Dec. 30, 1311:57 AM

Too bad more weren't killed. Hey, maybe along with re-introducing wolves the DNR could re-introduce smallpox, polio, and measles too! After all, just like the wolf, those poor living things were eradicated because they were harmful to humans and their livestock. Oh wait, I don't suppose a virus would look as good on a poster, would it?

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Gun dogsDec. 30, 1312:46 PM

Ask the farmers up in Hibbing, Virginia, if the coyote's are killing their cattle or sheep ..no its the wolves ..or the deer hunter who has hunted their whole life in the same area and has always seen plenty of deer but now there are very few because of wolf overpopulation, The DNR knows what they are doing!!! They are not wiping out the population they are managing it. Get a grip people.

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cjvirnigDec. 30, 13 1:35 PM

For one thing, there is no "overpopulation" of wolves in Minnesota. Two years ago they were still on the Endangered Species List and the mortality rate for wolf pups is (and always has been) extremely high. My question to a wolf hunter is pretty simple: what do you get out of it? And please offer something other than, "I am man and I conquer all."

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daytonsajokeDec. 30, 13 2:34 PM

davisrtDec. 30, 1311:29 AM The next time you hear a story about a coyote killing someone's cat, dog , sheep, or calf be sure to thank the hunters who kill wolves and the wimpy DNR that encourages wolf kills. Why? Because the most effective predator of coyotes is the wolf! Stop wolf hunts now.........well we have quite a problem with coyotes in Eagan. I fail to see how controlling the wolf population 300 miles away is going to help us here.

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daytonsajokeDec. 30, 13 2:37 PM

We need to get the wolf population down to around 1500 or so. The moose need all the help they can use. I'd much rather see a majestic moose in the wild than wolves. I see wolves every year from my deer stand.

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sconieDec. 30, 13 2:47 PM

I believe the DNR was responsible for the over "culling" of the deer herds last year. They didnt affect the over population of deer around the twin cities, where you see plenty on the sides of the highways and even in backyards. Climate change has been found to be more harmful to moose than wolves. Theory of wolves killing moose is not fact. And nobody really thinks there are so many wolves out in the hinterlands that we have run out of large prey for the real killers, and they carry rifles.

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mlfamilytreeDec. 30, 13 2:58 PM

Thank goodness the "recreational" wolf hunting/trapping season is closed. But now, a wolf is killing cattle..threatening in your yard..yes, you can kill it. You have always been able to. We didn't have to start a full blown season for that to happen. And it has been happening all through the listing of the wolf as endangered. The plan originally was to wait for 5 years from delisting. Why couldn't that have been done. This DNR Commissioner is so pressured by hunting monies that he couldn't wait and the Governor went along with it. This current DNR has little interest in our beautiful MN environment. It is shown in the wolf issue as well as the Polymet issue in which Polymet itself says that for 20 years of jobs for the area, it will take 500 years to possibly get the environment back to what we have now. The dwindling moose population isn't due to the wolves, it is due to disease of some kind which we don't hear about from this Agency. They do not care about informing the very people who pay their wages and to whom they should be answering. This is but the tip of the iceberg...

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