The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is increasing the number of licenses available for the 2014 wolf hunting season. The DNR announced they would be making 3,800 hunting and trapping licenses available, which is an increase of 500 from last year’s seasons.
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.
Minnesota hunters killed around 45 wolves since the opening of its second wolf-hunting season since the animals were removed from the endangered list, the Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday.
The Obama administration on Friday proposed lifting most remaining federal protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, a move that would end four decades of recovery efforts but some scientists criticized as premature.
Critics of wolf hunting in Minnesota took their case to the State Appeals Court today. They argue the state moved too quickly to establish a hunting season last year.
An influential group of Minnesota senators is backing a five-year moratorium on sport hunting and trapping of wolves in Minnesota.
The DNR says wolf hunting in the northeast zone will close for the remainder of the early season at the end of shooting hours on Thursday, Nov. 15.
The Department of Natural Resources is reminding hunters and trappers who were selected by lottery for Minnesota’s late wolf hunting season to buy their licenses by Thursday or they’ll be sold to others.
The Tribal Councils of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa and the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa have decided not to open their land to wolf hunting during the State season which begins November 3.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has rejected an effort to block the state’s wolf hunting season from opening Nov. 3.
Minnesota hunters are getting a second chance to get a license for the state’s first wolf hunt.
Less than three weeks before Minnesota’s first-ever wolf hunt, there is a last-ditch effort to protect the animals from hunters and trappers.
Wisconsin’s first organized wolf hunt has started with no kills reported. The Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals have filed notice that they plan to sue to get the animal back on the endangered species list in the Great Lakes region.
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.