Minnesota Senate Committee Passes Bill To Suspend Wolf Hunt

A bill that would suspend Minnesota’s wolf hunt was passed by a Senate committee on Tuesday afternoon.

The bill, passed by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee, would put the hunt on hold until “to study outcomes of the wolf hunt on the wolf population and to implement the wolf management plan,” according to its wording.

Minnesota has held its first managed gray wolf hunting and trapping seasons the past two years after the wolf was removed from the federal Endangered Species List. Some groups and individuals have protested the hunt and filed law suits trying to prevent it. None of those law suits was successful.

The “Wolf Data Bill,” as it’s titled, also calls for an annual wolf population census and creation of an advisory wolf task force appointed by the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. It would also close tribal lands to the hunting and trapping of wolves if tribal leadership requests it.

A companion bill in the House has not been acted upon yet.

The bill was authored by Senate Environment and Energy Chairman John Marty, DFL-Roseville; Sen. Foung Hawj, DFL-St. Paul; and Sen. Chris Eaton, DFL-Brooklyn Center.

“The wolf data bill is an alternative proposal that addresses common-sense concerns with Minnesota’s wolf population and wolf hunt,” Dr. Maureen Hackett, founder and president of Howling For Wolves, said in a statement. “It directs the Minnesota DNR to gather better information that is needed to understand our wolves with sound, scientific methods.”

“We’re adamantly opposed to the legislation,” said Mark Johnson, executive director of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. “It refuses to acknowledge the research and study that’s gone into wolves, not just here in Minnesota but internationally.”




6 Responses

  1. Dave

    How much will this cost the tax payers? also I don’t think the authors of the bill have wolves where they live.

  2. pinemarten

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the Minnesota DNR have managed the wolf real well,the data is out there that shows a season will not effect the population.
    Dr. David Mech the foremost expert on wolves worldwide and in Minnesota for the last 40+ years will tell you there is nothing wrong in having a wolf season biologicaly(sp).
    Not having a wolf season goes against all the sound management and advice by the experts in the field.

    1. I suppose you are a primary client of the DNR, a sport hunter or trapper or are you a secondary client, a livestock producer?

      For your information, there are other wolf management professionals who also provides sound scientific evidence that prove wolf hunts are detrimental to the wolf. The DNR does not have adequate scientific data to support a wolf hunt of which this new legislation will require the DNR to obtain adequate scientific data.

      1. pinemarten

        I am one of the original people asked to put it on the Endangered species list back in 1974 for biological reasons. I am one who supported reintroduction into Yellowstone park for biological reasons.
        There is zero biological reasons to keep it from having a well managed hunt now like it has for two years. The wolf has been studied continuously in Minnesota for over 70 years.
        Also I do not want to hunt them personally and also spent personally many times spent howling to wolves in the evenings. Also have watched them hunt various prey from Moose to deer.
        Also observed many wolves are getting semi-tame and will walk down a road almost next to you without being afraid. That is not good.
        It also is not about me,but sound conservation management as the DNR is presently doing.

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