MN DNR Responds to Lawsuit Against Wolf Hunt

By KBJR News 1

MN DNR Responds to Lawsuit Against Wolf Hunt

October 4, 2012 Updated Oct 4, 2012 at 11:18 AM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The Minnesota DNR has filed a memorandum in opposition to the petition presented by two conservation organizations that would put a temporary hold on the upcoming wolf season.

The Minnesota DNR filed this memorandum with the Court of Appeals on September 28th.

On Wednesday, October 3rd, the DNR formally denied a petition for rule making that was delivered to the agency on August 9th.

That petition requested that DNR adopt a new rule to stop the 2012-2013 Minnesota wolf hunting and trapping season.

The DNR has posted the documents involved in this lawsuit for the public to look through on the DNR's website.

DNR Communications Director Chris Niskanen says that “the documents speak for themselves” and that the agency would not be commenting on the case until a court ruling has been issued.

Back in September, the Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves filed a lawsuit, challenging what they call failure on the Minnesota DNR's part to offer a formal public comment period on recently approved rules establishing wolf hunting and trapping in Minnesota.

According to the complaint, the DNR used an expedited emergency process, that is allowed under Minnesota law, to create the wolf hunt. However, the petitioners argue that the DNR had no "valid basis to use the expedited emergency rule-making process".

The conservation groups are seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent the opening of hunting and trapping seasons this fall until the courts can come to a decision on this lawsuit.

Minnesota’s first-ever wolf season is set to open November 3rd.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns