Minn. wildlife managers say fewer wolves being shot or trapped for predator control

  • Article by: STEVE KARNOWSKI , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 29, 2014 - 5:39 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Fewer wolves are being shot or trapped for predator control in Minnesota, wildlife managers told a legislative hearing Tuesday evening as they defended how they've handled the resumption of hunting since the predators came off the endangered list two years ago this week.

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Willy53Jan. 29, 14 6:10 AM

The DNR's handling of the wolf hunt is shameful as are the methods used to hunt them. My guess is that the killing of nuisance wolves is down because the population is lower (perhaps half of what it was two years ago) and because wolves have been hunted for two years and avoid humans more. The DNR's engrained hunting bias championed by Commissioner Tom Landehwer will refuse to process the facts of their wolf management properly. In fact their actions should be reviewed by outside wildlife ecologists to access their objectiveness. With the Minnesota DNR serving as cheer leader for the Polymet mine it is clear that department is no longer serving the interests of the collective citizens of this state. Dayton should be held accountable for his lack of leadership on the environment and for protecting Minnesota's heritage.

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billpayerJan. 29, 14 6:40 AM

"He said wolf depredation on livestock tends to increase during mild winters when it's harder for wolves to chase down deer." In that case after this winter, deer heard in Northeastern MN should be totally depleted. 2013 was first season in the past 28 years hunting north of Cook, MN I did not see a single deer. 2014 Lottery for Bucks only?

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pzebichJan. 29, 14 7:26 AM

It appears the wolf hunt is working.

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odinmanJan. 29, 14 7:51 AM

@billpayer - I hear ya. I've been hunting near Orr, MN for past 25 years. We've been skunked the past 2 years and did not see single deer on opening weekend this year. Nor did I hear any shots. There are some pockets in the area where the deer seem to be doing ok (near resorts or cabins for example) but for the most part, the population is way, way down. And the way this winter has been going with the exteme cold and deep snow...not to mention wolf predation...I expect that the population this coming fall will be lowest since the early 70's.

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elind56Jan. 29, 14 7:58 AM

"There's only one reason for hunting wolves and that's for trophies and sport," said Howard Goldman---------------------------That's actually two but, nevertheless, very good reasons indeed. The hunt can be exhilarating and the pelts are beautiful.

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sasha44Jan. 29, 14 8:13 AM

Anything that disrupts the hunter's ability to hunt their game is in the crosshairs. Remember that the deer are NOT native to Minnesota but the wolves ARE native. So, what's the problem hunters? You cannot justify your rights to hunt a non native species against a species that have a right to be a part of Minnesota's natural heritage. Also, these wolves only take down the sick and injured deer, thus providing an important natural culling of the herd.

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peoplewatchrJan. 29, 14 8:44 AM

All about headlines on this site! How many coyotes were killed for predator control? Mention the word WOLF and this site will post the article. If I was a coyote, I'd feel this site is being discriminative to my species.

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hmmmmmJan. 29, 14 9:45 AM

Is recreational/sport hunting/trophy hunting ethical? That's the question that should be asked. Per Dan Stark this hunt is no biggie because of the wolf pack "turnover" and members of the pack are "replaced". What if we applied that same logic to people killed for whatever reason? Next time someone loses a husband, wife, partner, child, brother, sister, friend just tell them to get over it , replace them, and move on. The critics of this hunt who spoke at this hearing included native people who denounced the DNR and the powers that be who pushed this hunt through as racists. And looking at the predominately all white older male committee who has the power to stop or continue this recreational wolf hunt... I agree. This recreational hunt is racist. The Anishinaabe have asked that their reservations be off limits to the wolf hunt and the powers that be have ignored them. One of the members said he'd like a license so he could 'take a wolf'.

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redkayakJan. 29, 14 9:49 AM

The wolf hunt accomplishes a lot more than trophies. It instills the fear of man in the wolves. This will hopefully cause them to stay away from farms and children playing outside or waiting for the school bus in rural areas. Wolves have killed a disproportionate number of moose calves. Moose will likely be extinct in Minnesota in the coming years. Why would we want to accelerate that? Wolves multiply at a very fast rate having 6 to 11 pups per adult female. It's important to control the population of this large predator and those against it need to stop watching Disney movies where wolves are lovable and cuddly.

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ktvalerioJan. 29, 14 3:22 PM

All the DNR wants is to raise more revenue by allowing hunters and trappers to kill these animals. It's disgusting.

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