Minnesota's first regulated wolf hunt will proceed next weekend after the Minnesota Supreme Court declined to hear a legal challenge to the new hunting season.
The Legislature directed the Department of Natural Resources to organize a hunting and trapping season. But the groups Howling for Wolves and the Minnesota branch of the Center for Biological Diversity said that state officials didn't get enough public input and didn't follow the rules when they laid out their plan for the hunt.
The center's lawyer, Collete Adkins Giese, said her group has probably exhausted its legal options, but will continue to oppose the wolf hunt.
"It's just really sad that these wolves are going to suffer and die in leg-hole traps and snares, when they just came off the endangered species list this year," she said. "There was no reason for the DNR to rush forward with hunting and trapping for sport."
A spokeswoman for the DNR declined to comment, other than to say the Supreme Court decision allows the season to proceed next Saturday.