With the gray wolf now off the endangered species list, Minnesota is preparing a fall hunting season that would reduce the state's 3,000 or so wolves by 400. A group opposed to the hunt -- Howling for Wolves -- is taking to the airwaves to try to stop the hunt. Ojibwe bands are also fighting against a wolf hunting season.
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A group opposed to the hunting and trapping of gray wolves is petitioning the Department of Natural Resources to cancel this year's planned wolf hunt in Minnesota. Howling for Wolves also has a billboard campaign in the Twin Cities. The group is rallying at the DNR headquarters in St. Paul on Thursday.
Minnesota Supreme Court won't block wolf hunt
Without comment, the Minnesota Supreme Court on Friday rejected an effort by two groups – Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves – to block the state's wolf hunting season, which begins Nov. 3, the Associated Press reports. The state plans to let hunters and trappers kill 400 wolves out of an estimated population of about 3,000.
Billboards protest upcoming wolf hunt
A group called Howling for Wolves is paying for billboards around the Twin Cities to oppose the new wolf hunting and trapping seasons this fall, WCCO reports. The wolf was removed from the endangered species list last January and the state legislature told the DNR to go ahead with the hunt.
Wisconsin opens wolf hunt
Wisconsin's first hunting season since the gray wolf came off the endangered species list begins Monday. Hunters and trappers will be allowed to take 201 wolves by the end of February, although nearly half of those are set aside for tribal members. Unlike their Minnesota counterparts (whose season begins Nov. 3rd), Wisconsinites will be able to hunt at night and use dogs.
DNR working on framework of first wolf hunt
The Game and Fish bill signed into law Thursday allows Minnesotans to legally hunt and trap wolves for the first time in nearly four decades. The legislation gives the DNR authority to set harvest limits and conduct a hunter lottery. About 3,000 wolves live in Minnesota right now and the agency plans to reduce the population by about 400 this fall. The gray wolf was removed from the Federal Endangered Species List in January.
Lawsuit filed against DNR to stop Minn. wolf hunt
Two groups have filed a lawsuit against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to try to stop a wolf hunting season on Nov. 3. The Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson and locally based Howling for Wolves claims the DNR did not allow the opportunity for public input on the bill.
Lawmakers, DNR debate specifics of wolf hunting season
One disagreement involves the timing of a wolf hunting season. The DNR thinks it should come after the firearms deer season has ended. But bills in the Legislature would have the seasons run concurrently. Next fall's hunt will be the first since the gray wolf came off the Endangered Species List.
DNR: Limited wolf-hunting season possible in 2012
The DNR says it's considering a limited hunting and trapping season this year. The agency says it's trying to ensure the species' long-term survival while also addressing conflicts between wolves and humans. The announcement comes shortly after the federal government said it will remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list.
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