Grand Portage, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Two Northeastern tribes in Minnesota have decided to not allow wolf hunting on their reservations when the season opens on November 3rd in Minnesota.
The Tribal Councils of the Bois Forte Chippewa and the Grand Portage Back of Lake Superior Chippewa have decided that their reservations at Nett Lake, Lake Vermillion and Grant Portage will not be open to wolf hunting.
In addition, the 1854 Treaty Authority, an inter-tribal organization that regulates hunting by Bois Forte and Grand Portage members within a 5-million acre territory in northeast Minnesota, has also decided that it will not allow the hunting of wolves.
The three reservations are depicted in Zone A on the map in the MnDNR Wolf Regulations. Tribal officials advise that going on Indian lands to take game, including wolves, is a federal crime under Title 18 of the United States Code and that they would seek the prosecution of violators.
The Tribal Councils say that hunting wolves for sport is inconsistent with a tradition of subsistence hunting and that for some members, hunting wolves presented conflicts with cultural practices.
The Minnesota wolf season starts on November 3rd. Hunters and trappers can take 400 wolves during the season, out of the estimated 3,000 wolves in the state.
Posted to the web by Krista Burns