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The WI wolf season, approved unanimously by the Natural Resources Board, is egregious in the extreme on many counts: high kill quota, night hunting, baiting, electronic calls, more. But the primitive cruelty of hunting wolves with dogs sets the stage for what dog expert Patricia McConnell says is "state sanctioned dog fighting". See Dane County Humane Society's statement, and expert testimony presented at the recent hearing.
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Read the commentary by Karin Winegar on MPR and find out what she thinks. Read the full article here.
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Wolf numbers and population recovery resilience can be especially undermined periodically by outbreaks of the contagious skin disease called mange or scabies. It can become endemic---literally embedded in a population. Read the full article from Michael W. Fox, PhD, DSc, Veterinarian.
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The wolf is a social and complex animal with so much more to give us by living and thriving ecologically than with its death and flesh. Just think about what we have already learned about our dogs from studying wolves.
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Dr. Maureen Hackett, founder of Howling for Wolves, says the upcoming wolf hunt in Minnesota is "really for sport". Howling for Wolves will keep fighting because this is "an issue of justice for the wolf", says Dr. Hackett. Read the full article here.
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Maureen Hackett appeared on the Green Power Hour on AM 950, Radio KTNF.
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Looks like we're ruffling some feathers! Expect the true reasons for the hunt to come out in the contentious weeks ahead. Mr. Orrick believes: "There needs to be a reason not to allow the killing of a particular animal." Wow -it has come to this -needing a reason NOT to kill. We could of course give Mr. Orrick plenty of reasons, starting with it is just wrong. Then we could talk about how the wolf is a keystone species for the ecosystem. His reason? "The wolves have recovered. Thus, we can hunt them." THIS is what we're up against -keep fighting -we can stop the hunt! Please tell Mr. Orrick what you think by leaving a comment to his posting.
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Opponents of Minnesota’s upcoming wolf trapping and hunting season rallied in downtown Duluth on Friday afternoon hoping to spur a public outcry that might keep wolves off limits for at least one more year. Read the full article here.
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Please update your calendars, the scheduled time for the Senate hearing of the wolf hunting moratorium bill (S.F. 666) has been changed. The new start time for the hearing is 12 pm on Thursday, March 14th. The hearing will take place in the State Capitol building, Room 107.
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Public commentary ends 6/20- Make your voice heard!
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Howling for Wolves in the News! Let's stop the hunt, before the hunt. Please volunteer or donate this week!! volunteer@howlingforwolves.org Going to be a very exciting week for wolves - please join us!
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We recommend anyone interested in gaining additional historical perspective on the campaign in the United States to kill wolves watch the PBS Nature Series "Wolf Wars: America's Campaign to Eradicate the Wolf" as it follows the persecution of wolves by early European settlers in the United States. You can also find the video embedded on our Media + Resources page under the Local Media Coverage section.
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A panel discussion on the looming Minnesota wolf hunt filled an auditorium recently at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Read coverage of this event here.
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On March 14, 2013, the Minnesota Senate Environment and Energy Committee passed S.F. 666 to reinstate a five-year moratorium on wolf hunting and trapping. Watch the video of the hearing.
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DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr share his thoughts on the state's first wolf hunt. Read the full article here.
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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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