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We are all deeply disappointed by the MN wolf hunt signed into law yesterday to start this fall 2012. We knew this would be nearly impossible to stop because of the misinformation and long-standing societal conceptions about the wolf.
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN (July 30, 2012) – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is being asked to answer questions about how and why the Gray Wolf is being targeted for an open sport trapping and shooting season immediately after it was removed from protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. A Minnesota Government Data Practices Act was formally submitted to the DNR to understand how and why the State of Minnesota DNR breached its legal commitments to: (1) wait five years before considering proposing a wolf shooting and trapping season; and (2) that any shooting and trapping season would only be one option for “population management measures”, not just for sport. (Currently, lightened state laws already allow for more wolf killing if they are considered threatening to people, livestock, domestic animals, or pets.)
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An emotional day of protest, shared disappointment as well as visions of hope filled the grounds of the Minnesota State Capitol as members of American Indian Tribes, Humane Society of the United States, Howling For Wolves and individuals from around the state joined to protest the scheduled wolf trapping and shooting season.
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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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Barry Babcock, environmental activist and wolf advocate from northern Minnesota, will speak about his experience with wolves, Native American spiritual beliefs in regard to the wolf, and the wolf's impact on ecosystems.
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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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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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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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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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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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