Minnesota Wolf Protection Would End With Senate BillTwo U.S. senators announced a renewed push Thursday to strip federal protection from gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region and Wyoming — and to prohibit courts from intervening in those states on the embattled predator's behalf. Legislation introduced this week would order the Department of the Interior to reissue orders from 2011 and 2012 that dropped wolves in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Wyoming from the endangered species list.
DNR: Minnesota Sees Slight Decline In Wolf PopulationThe Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the state’s wolf population has declined slightly from last year, but not enough to be statistically significant.
Lone Wolf Following Snowmobilers In Voyageurs National ParkSeveral miles of trail have been closed and rerouted at Voyageurs National Park due to a lone wolf that has been following snowmobilers. Superintendent Mike Ward says the wolf has trailed or run alongside snowmobilers in three separate incidents over a 10-day period in the park's Ash River area. He says the wolf appears to be without a pack.
Experts Say Great Lakes Wolves Aren't EndangeredA group of wolf experts disputes that gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan are endangered or that a judge's ruling will help the population spread to other states. A federal judge in Washington on Friday threw out the Obama administration's decision to remove gray wolves in the three states from the endangered list, a move that bans wolf hunting and trapping in the region.
DNR Closes Northwest Wolf Zone; 1 Zone Still OpenThe Department of Natural Resources is closing the late wolf season in northwestern Minnesota, where hunters and trappers have exceeded the season target.
Another Wolf Hunting Season To Start SundayAnother season of wolf hunting is set to begin Sunday. Late season hunting and trapping runs through Jan. 31 in all zones. They can close earlier, though, if the harvest target is reached.
DNR Closes NE Minnesota's Early Wolf SeasonThe Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is closing the early wolf hunting season in the northeastern part of the state. Wolf hunting in the northeast zone will close for the rest of the 2014 early firearms season at the end of shooting hours on Friday.
Protesters To Shadow Wisconsin Wolf Hunters A group of protesters plans to shadow wolf hunters in Wisconsin so they can observe their methods. Wisconsin's third annual wolf hunt began Wednesday. The group, which calls itself the Great Lakes Wolf Patrol, released a statement saying 11 members are operating out of a base camp on public lands in northern Wisconsin.
Minnesota Officials Warn Of Wolf EncountersNortheastern Minnesota authorities are warning residents about wolves attacking dogs and approaching people in Cook County.
DNR Ups Licenses For 2014 Wolf SeasonThe 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.
Pellet Gun Killed Wolf That Fled Isle Royale ParkFederal officials say a wolf that fled from Isle Royale National Park and was found dead on the Minnesota mainland had been shot with a pellet gun. Park officials said Friday the 5-year-old female was shot in the chest with a lightweight pellet.
Panel Says Federal Wolf Plan Used Unproven ScienceA proposal to lift federal protections for gray wolves across most of the U.S. suffered a significant setback Friday as an independent review panel said the government is relying on unsettled science to make its case. Federal wildlife officials want to remove the animals from the endangered species list across the Lower 48 states, except for a small population in the Southwest. The five-member U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service peer review panel was tasked with reviewing the government's claim that the Northeast and Midwest were home to a separate species, the eastern wolf.