Jessica Lange comes out against Minnesota wolf hunt


Cloquet native Jessica Lange is protesting the hunting of wolves in her home state, the Pioneer Press reports.

The "American Horror Story" star has written an open letter to Gov. Mark Dayton in a plea for the hunting to stop.

Lange, 64, made the letter public on the advocacy site Howling for Wolves.

Lange writes: "413 wolves were killed by hunters and trappers; not to protect public safety, not to control the population size, and not to reduce conflicts with people. It was for sport, for fun and for trophies. More than half the wolves killed were less than 2 years old and almost a third were less than one year old. They were not problem wolves; they were no in conflicts with people, livestock, or domestic animals. They were just wolves living wild and free in our north woods."

The actress, who has won two Oscars and two Emmy Awards, signed the letter, "Jessica Lange, Cloquet, Minnesota."

Lange's protest comes about six weeks ahead of the beginning of the state's second regulated wolf hunt, which begins Nov. 9.

The quota for this year's hunt has been lowered to 220 kills. Applications are down by about half from last year as well. Last year more than 23,000 hunters applied for permits, and as of early September, only 13,000 are seeking the licenses.

Wolf hunts became legal in Minnesota and Wisconsin last year after the Obama administration removed Great Lakes-area wolves from the federal protection list.

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