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Gray Wolf Hunting and Trapping Season Expected in Minnesota

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December 23, 2011

Gray Wolf Hunting and Trapping Season Expected in Minnesota

--Chad Love

Could Minnesota hunters get the chance to hunt wolves next season? It's starting to look that way.

From this story in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

A wolf hunting and trapping season could begin in Minnesota as soon as next fall, following Wednesday’s news that the state’s gray wolves will be removed from the federal government’s threatened species list and management returned to the state within 30 days. But details of a wolf season have yet to be worked out, Department of Natural Resources officials said Wednesday.“We’re considering a season that would involve both hunting and trapping,’’ said Ed Boggess, DNR Fish and Wildlife Division director. “It could be in effect this fall; it may take longer.’’ 

A limited number of licenses likely would be available through a lottery system. “It would be a fall-winter type season,’’ Boggess said. “We’d have to limit the harvest, and we’d have to have management zones. We’re still looking at the details of how that might work.’’ Public comments would be solicited before a season was launched. “We will not implement a season without the opportunity for public comment,’’ Boggess said. Minnesota’s management plan establishes a minimum population of 1,600 wolves to ensure long-term wolf survival. The state’s wolf population has stabilized at about 3,000 animals today, the DNR estimates.

 

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from buckhunter wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Have fished Minnesota and North of Minnesota for years and have seen many wolves during this time.

As I have said before, the biggest compliment to the conservation of a species is a hunting season.

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from Steward wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Sounds like its time. I'm curious how they will weigh the public comments.

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from rock rat wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

It depends on if anyone brings suit to stop the delisting, and if they file for suspension of hunting while their case is being heard.

I think no one is putting riders on budget bills and also the animal rights people have stopped suing, we'll have to wait and see.

There's also Wyoming, and the decision about the rest of the east, I think it was over 20 states. I saw a statement from someone at Division of Wildlife in MA saying they would never allow wolves or cougars to be reintroduced or become established in Massachusetts. I don't see why not, lots of woods, lots of deer. The more people who have to deal with large predators the better, helps them overcome NIMBYism.

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from Walt Smith wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Hopefully Michigan is next.

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from badsmerf wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

As long as the season is managed strictly there should be no problem. I've seen plenty of kills from wolves in northern minnesota, pretty awesome animals. They are even staring to go down the St. Croix to where it meets the mississippi.

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from 30-CAL wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

A hunting and trapping season is the only way to keep the numbers in check,the hunters and trappers are the ones who conserve wild life.

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from catmoondance wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

i find it interesting that these people that are most up in arms about the wolf in minnesota appear to forget that the wolf was here long before they were and those very people are the interlopers.
there are not that many wolves here. i realize humans will go for the easiest and least imaginative way to deal with their troubles, because they believe they are the only ones with troubles. what travesty! idiots running the earth and running the earth down. why do we let those without the wisdom to take care of their home make the decisions regarding the earth, humans and all the other equally important dwellers on this spaceship.
the dnr talks of the moose decline, yet they are continuing with plans to allow a moose hunt. with the moose population down 17% from just last year, do you really think the answer is hunting? hunters do not endeavor to clean the herd of sick or dying moose. they seek to kill the biggest, strongest and most antlered specimens of the moose. the very members of the moose population who may be able to save the moose population. what will that do to the health of the species?
the wolf belongs in a life cycle that was put into rotation well before any of us had a sentient moment. humans are not entitled to destroy that which offends them. where did these beliefs come from?
in final word, i must say that it is time we have actual thinkers, creative problem solvers and mindful humans in places of power - especially places of power over other creatures,etc. that we share this place with. we don't need no more stinkin' MBA's or business administration graduates (bean counters) running things.

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from buckhunter wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Have fished Minnesota and North of Minnesota for years and have seen many wolves during this time.

As I have said before, the biggest compliment to the conservation of a species is a hunting season.

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from rock rat wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

It depends on if anyone brings suit to stop the delisting, and if they file for suspension of hunting while their case is being heard.

I think no one is putting riders on budget bills and also the animal rights people have stopped suing, we'll have to wait and see.

There's also Wyoming, and the decision about the rest of the east, I think it was over 20 states. I saw a statement from someone at Division of Wildlife in MA saying they would never allow wolves or cougars to be reintroduced or become established in Massachusetts. I don't see why not, lots of woods, lots of deer. The more people who have to deal with large predators the better, helps them overcome NIMBYism.

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from Walt Smith wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Hopefully Michigan is next.

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from Steward wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

Sounds like its time. I'm curious how they will weigh the public comments.

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from badsmerf wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

As long as the season is managed strictly there should be no problem. I've seen plenty of kills from wolves in northern minnesota, pretty awesome animals. They are even staring to go down the St. Croix to where it meets the mississippi.

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from 30-CAL wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

A hunting and trapping season is the only way to keep the numbers in check,the hunters and trappers are the ones who conserve wild life.

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from catmoondance wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

i find it interesting that these people that are most up in arms about the wolf in minnesota appear to forget that the wolf was here long before they were and those very people are the interlopers.
there are not that many wolves here. i realize humans will go for the easiest and least imaginative way to deal with their troubles, because they believe they are the only ones with troubles. what travesty! idiots running the earth and running the earth down. why do we let those without the wisdom to take care of their home make the decisions regarding the earth, humans and all the other equally important dwellers on this spaceship.
the dnr talks of the moose decline, yet they are continuing with plans to allow a moose hunt. with the moose population down 17% from just last year, do you really think the answer is hunting? hunters do not endeavor to clean the herd of sick or dying moose. they seek to kill the biggest, strongest and most antlered specimens of the moose. the very members of the moose population who may be able to save the moose population. what will that do to the health of the species?
the wolf belongs in a life cycle that was put into rotation well before any of us had a sentient moment. humans are not entitled to destroy that which offends them. where did these beliefs come from?
in final word, i must say that it is time we have actual thinkers, creative problem solvers and mindful humans in places of power - especially places of power over other creatures,etc. that we share this place with. we don't need no more stinkin' MBA's or business administration graduates (bean counters) running things.

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