Polls Show Minnesotans want five-year wait before another Wolf Hunt

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Polls Show Minnesotans want five-year wait before another Wolf Hunt

March 11, 2013 Updated Mar 11, 2013 at 12:36 PM CDT

Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A new statewide poll shows that the majority of Minnesota voters want to reinstate a five-year waiting period before another wolf hunt is allowed.

In the poll, conducted by Lake Research Partners, 66 percent of respondents believe that there is no need for a wolf hunt if Minnesotans already have the legal authority to kill a wolf if it threatens people, livestock and property.

Twenty-five percent of people disagree, saying that a wolf hunt is stlll necessary.

A Minnesota law passed 2000 required a five year wait before any proposed wolf hunting season, but it never went into effect because the legislature removed the waiting period from law in an unrelated budget bill behind locked doors in 2011.

A comprehensive population survey was not done before the 2012 hunt. The poll found that 75 percent of Minnesota voters think it was wrong to allow a wolf hunt prior to conducting a comprehensive wolf population survey. The last comprehensive count was taken in 2007-2008 and showed a stable wolf population in the state.

Seventy-nine percent of voters agree that the gray wolf is an asset to Minnesota and shoud be protected for future generations.

Sen. Chris Eaton (DFL - Brooklyn Center) wants the legislature to make good on a broken public promise that had been in state law for 10 years.

S.F. 666 will be heard in the Environment and Energy committee Thursday, March 14th at 12pm. H.F. 1163 introduced by Rep. Jason Isaacson awaits a hearing date in the house.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati