Nonprofit Group Hopes to Persuade MN DNR to Reconsider Wolf Hunt

By KBJR News 1

August 6, 2012 Updated Aug 6, 2012 at 5:03 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - A Minnesota based group is protesting this year's first wolf hunting season through a series of billboards in the Twin Cities.

They hope to persuade the state to reconsider holding the wolf hunt.

The nonprofit organization, Howling for Wolves, plans to put up 11 billboards.
he DNR claims that the proposed hunt, which will begin in November, will be tightly monitored.

Permits will be issued for only 400 wolf kills.

Howling for Wolves claims the DNR hasn't done enough to determine the potential impact the season will have on the state's existing wolf population.

"Ultimately, we know that people value wolves, and what they do for our ecosystem—including hunters valuing wolves, and what [they do] to the health of the deer population—and what [they do] to the entire ecosystem, including songbirds; right down to the songbirds and fish," said Maureen Hackett, M.D., of Howling for Wolves.

The proposed wolf hunt will be broken into two seasons, one coinciding with November's deer hunt, followed by a late hunting and trapping season.

The season will come to a close on January 6th, 2013.