Minn. Legislature considering 5-year moratorium on wolf hunt

Bryan Heiney and his wolf
Bryan Heiney of Duluth killed this wolf at about noon Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 in southern Koochiching County, Minn., on the third day of the state's first wolf hunting season.
Photo courtesy of Bryan Heiney

A new bill has been introduced in the Minnesota Legislature calling for a five-year moratorium on wolf hunting and trapping. There were 412 wolves killed in last year's first regulated wolf hunt, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and the issue remains contentious among residents and lawmakers.

Many opponents feel that the hunt threatens the state's wolf population, and proponents believe that without a hunting season, wolves would become overpopulated, threatening deer, livestock and their own safety.

Howard Goldman, Minnesota senior state director of The Humane Society of America, and Minnesota Deer Hunters Association Executive Director Mark Johnson will discuss the wolf hunt on The Daily Circuit Tuesday Feb. 26.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MINNESOTA WOLF HUNT:

Minnesota wolf hunting (DNR)

Primer: Minnesota's wolf hunt (MPR News)

Minnesota bill calls for 5-year moratorium on wolf hunting, trapping (Star Tribune)

The Minnesota wolf hunt (Star Tribune)

Ojibwe bands ban wolf hunting - but only on Indian-controlled lands (MPR News)

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