A bill that would halt MN wolf hunt to be heard in St. Paul this week

By KBJR News 1

March 9, 2014 Updated Mar 9, 2014 at 10:49 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A bill aiming to address the Minnesota wolf hunt, calling for increased data collection while addressing tribal concerns by ending hunting and trapping on tribal lands, is set to be heard at the capitol Tuesday.

The Wolf Data Bill temporarily suspends the state wolf hunt to fully implement the DNR's Wolf Management Plan, which studies outcomes of the wolf hunt on the population.

It also calls for annual census counts to ensure the state's wolf population doesn't drop below 1,600, which could re–list it as an endangered species.

Minnesota's tribal concerns would also be addressed if the bill is implemented, as it would allow for the end of hunting and trapping on native lands if requested by tribal leadership.

Wolf advocates have rallied for similar measures since the wolf hunt began in 2012.

The bill has gained support from wolf advocacy groups, including Howling for Wolves.

It's currently listed as the first agenda item for the Committee hearing.

Billy Wagness