An informational hearing on Minnesota’s wolf hunting and trapping season will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the State Office Building in St. Paul. The hearing will be held in the House Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee chaired by Rep. David Dill, DFL-Crane Lake.
Dill said the purpose of the meeting is to hear a report by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources after the first two wolf hunting and trapping seasons held in Minnesota. The gray wolf was removed from the federal Endangered Species List in January 2012. The gray wolf had been listed as a “threatened” species until that time.
“I also expect that some people will come to testify who oppose the wolf hunting and trapping season,” Dill said in recent telephone interview. “I’m going to welcome them to the committee.”
Some groups who opposed the wolf hunt said that there was too little opportunity to voice their concerns to legislators after de-listing occurred and before the Legislature set the state’s first hunt. Dill said he disagrees with that view but feels it’s important to welcome their testimony.
“What I think I’ve learned in my 12 years here is that many times (in legislative testimony), you hear the same people say the exact same things,” he said. “But sometimes, someone will say something that nobody has thought about.”
The hearing will not be about a specific bill, Dill said.
“It’s just an informational hearing,” he said.