St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A new bill, approved by the Minnesota Senate Committee on Environment and Energy on Tuesday, could suspend the wolf hunt in Minnesota until additional data and tribal feedback is collected.
The new bill, which is strongly supported by Minnesota-based wolf advocacy group "Howling For Wolves", could temporarily suspend the Minnesota's hunt until the DNR's Wolf Management Plan has formally studied outcomes of the wolf hunt to date on the wolf population.
The temporary suspension is based on the Minnesota DNR providing information that identifies the number of wolf deaths and illnesses, mapping of wolf-livestock conflicts, the establishment and the dissemination of "Best Management Practices," (BMPs) that may be utilized by the livestock sector, to reduce wolf-livestock conflicts to include non- lethal methods.
In addition, the bill calls for annual census counts to make sure the Minnesota wolf population does not fall below 1,600, a number that would relist the animal as a threatened species.
If given final approval, the new legislation would end the hunting and trapping on native lands if requested by tribal leaders.
The bill will now be reviewed by the Senate Committee on State and Local Government for further consideration.