Howling for Wolves
Opponents of wolf hunting gather at the Minnesota Capitol Thursday to celebrate a court decision that put the region’s wolves back on the endangered list. It’s being organized by Howling for Wolves, which opposes sport hunting and trapping of wolves.
One of Minnesota’s wolf hunting zones has been closed, the Department of Natural Resources says. On Monday, the DNR’s website said the northeastern wolf hunting zone is now closed. The zone’s target harvest was listed at 33 wolves; hunters have killed 31. Thirteen of those harvested were killed on the hunt’s opening weekend.
A Minnesota-based group asked Gov. Mark Dayton to put a stop to the wolf-hunting season Friday afternoon at the State Capitol. The group “Howling for Wolves” says too many wolves are dying, even though the number that hunters can kill in Minnesota was slashed in half this year, compared with 2012. Last year, 413 wolves could be harvested. This year, the number is set at 220. After last year’s season, it was estimated that the state’s wolf population went down by a fourth since 2008, which is why the number of licenses was reduced for 2013.
People fighting the state’s controversial wolf hunt appealed to fans of a different kind of wolf in downtown Minneapolis Wednesday night. As Timberwolves fans filed in for the season opener, many of them encountered advocates for real wolves inside Target Center.
A group leading the opposition to wolf hunting and trapping in Minnesota will have a special presence at Target Center when the Minnesota Timberwolves host the Orlando Magic in their home opener.
Minnesota native and actress Jessica Lange is urging Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to suspend the state’s wolf hunt. The two-time Academy Award winner wrote a letter to Dayton, dated Wednesday, on behalf of anti-hunt group Howling for Wolves.
A pair of groups that challenged Minnesota rules for a state wolf hunting and trapping season has been dealt another blow in court. Minnesota’s Court of Appeals on Tuesday dismissed a petition aiming to undo rules that allowed for a wolf hunting season, the first of which was held starting in November.
Officials say 50 wolves were killed by Minnesota hunter’s in the state’s first wolf hunting season, which started on Saturday.
Minnesota enters a new era Saturday when it opens its first managed wolf hunting season.
Two groups have asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to block the state’s wolf hunting and trapping season.
Opponents of the upcoming gray wolf hunt plan to protest on Thursday outside the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources headquarters in St. Paul.
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.
Minnesota is releasing details about its plans for the state’s first regulated wolf hunting and trapping season. The wolf season will start Nov. 3 when the firearms deer season opens.