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July 23, 2014

Minn. Court of Appeals allows wolf hunt to proceed

The Minnesota Court of Appeals will not block Minnesota’s wolf hunt scheduled for Nov. 3, the Associated Press reports.

The three-judge panel said The Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves failed to show that the season would cause irreparable harm.

The lawsuit filed by the two groups claims the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources did not allow opportunity for public input on the wolf hunt.

Collette Adkins Giese, an attorney for the center, tells the Associated Press that they may appeal the decision.

“We are pleased with the court’s decision,” said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr in a news release. “It resolves any uncertainty that hunters and trappers might have had about the upcoming season.”

About 6,000 hunters will receive permits for the first ever organized wolf hunt in the state. Experts say wolves are much smarter than deer or ducks and it’s unlikely Minnesota will reach their target harvest of 400 wolves.

Montana held their first regulated wolf hunt in 2009. In 2011, out of 18,700 licenses sold in the state, hunters took only 166 wolves–a success rate of less than 1 percent.