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Dr. Maureen Hackett and Nancy Nelson discuss the campaign to end Minnesota's wolf hunting season on Democratic Visions.
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We are pleased to pick up a shout from a major outdoor/hunting magazine. Field & Stream suggests our organization's name needs a more serious moniker, and we appreciate the counsel. In naming our grassroots, pro-wolf group, we felt it was important to include the wolf's voice. And the wolf has enough "gravitas" for all of us, don't you agree?
- Howling For Wolves
Trapping remains a major source of controversy in Minnesota and the country at large. The number of trappers, like hunters, continues to decline in Minnesota and elsewhere. To date, there are approximately 5,000 registered trappers in Minnesota, none of whom, according to a former president of the Minnesota Trappers Association, work full-time as trappers. Trapping, for them, is a hobby like golf or bowling.
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"The public is speaking out. 79% oppose, say they oppose the hunt in the only public comment period allowed," says Howling for Wolves founder Maureen Hackett in an interview with WCCO.
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On the day of the first public wolf hunting and trapping season in the Great Lakes region in more than 40 years, The Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals served notice that they will file suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore federal protections for Great Lakes wolves under the Endangered Species Act. The groups are also asking the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota to postpone wolf hunting and trapping until the case can be decided on the merits.
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In the second part of his important series, Aaron Klemz examines, and dismantles, the false claim that wolves are decimating the northern MN deer population. The claim goes, as one respondent in the DNR survey eloquently stated, "Way too many wolfs killing our deer."
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A must read, wonderful story about living with wolves...at Camp Ripley, a 53,000 acre National Guard facility in Minnesota. One of the biggest surprises has been the wolves’ remarkable tolerance for humans, despite truck traffic and loud artillery fire that frequently shakes buildings miles from the camp. “Wolves didn’t care,” said David Mech, senior research scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey, who helped establish the program. “It was certainly contrary to what anyone would think.” So why can't people be more tolerant of wolves? No small irony that wolves find sanctuary on a military base.
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Howling for Wolves founder Maureen Hackett talks about the upcoming Minnesota Wolf Hunting and Trapping season with LeftMN on Radio Hour.
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On Thursday, June 20th, join the Howling For Wolves benefit fundraiser in St. Paul for outdoor live music, silent auction, and raffle. The event kicks off at 6pm and there is no cover charge. Vegan options available. Burger Moe’s 242 W. 7th St., Saint Paul 55102 (click for map).
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Minnesota wolf advocates will recognize our own Minnesota Deer Hunters Association's strategy in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's campaign to demonize the wolf and dispense with science.
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The crowd fighting the chilly winds of Lake Superior marched through downtown Duluth, Minnesota to protest the beginning of a controversial wolf-hunting season. Robert DesJarlait carried the Cherish the Children Eagle Staff as he and Niibiwi Misko Makwa lead several hundred supporters for Wolf Walk 2012. Designed like a shepherd's staff, the Eagle Staff is a powerful symbol, representing the stature and honor of a tribe. The honor of the Anishinaabe called them to come to the aid of their brother, the wolf. Read the full article from The Huffington Post here.
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Today the MN State Senate debated and ultimately passed off the floor and into conference the Game and Fish Bill. Our thoughts and next course of action.
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Today we met with representatives from the Governor's office to discuss the need to veto the wolf hunt.
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Will the bomb tick faster when we start killing off the coyote's only predator, the wolf? Isn't it time to insist that wildlife management practices consider the public health impact of their decisions?
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Nearly 100 wolf advocates rallied on the Iron Range to call for an end to hunting trapping and snaring wolves. The rally took place in the Thunderbird Mall parking lot in Virginia and was organized by the Northwoods Wolf Alliance and Howling for Wolves.
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Maureen Hackett M.D., responds to the St. Cloud Times Editorial Board in this op-ed response challenging their viewpoint on Minnesota wolf numbers.
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The current Game and Fish bill with an immediate wolf hunt will go into law May 3, 2012 unless Governor Dayton acts with a line item vetoes for the wolf hunt. Please continue to spread the word and contact the Governor's office directly to say 'No' to a wolf hunt."
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Aaron Klemz contrasts the Minnesota wolf hunt/trap season with those in the West, pointing out that techniques used in MN are more liberal and brutal: the use of bait, electronic calls, snaring, leg hold and Conibear (body-gripping) traps. One major error in Klemz's piece: the DNR is NOT required by law to have a wolf hunt!! The law stopped short of that requirement, stating the DNR "MAY" have a hunt. The law simply gives DNR the authority to have a hunt. In short, the DNR Commission Tom Landwehr CAN halt the hunt, as can Governor Dayton. Tell them, again, to stop the hunt

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