PRESS RELEASE: Seven more wolves killed by illegal snares

CONTACT: Dr. Maureen Hackett, Howling For Wolves, 612.250.5915
Seven more wolves killed by illegal snares; Howling For Wolves renews plea to ban this indiscriminate trapping method.
(St. Paul, Minn) – Howling For Wolves is renewing its call to the Minnesota legislature to join 20 other states and ban the dangerous and barbaric trapping method of snaring, a cheap wire noose placed hundreds at a time that indiscriminately kill and main animals and wildlife to death. 
Yesterday the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported the most recent shocking trapping investigation: two more trappers were charged with illegally using snares and have illegally killed at least seven gray wolves, two black bears, and other wildlife. 
This adds to other deplorable recent charges of illegal snare use and killing in Minnesota: Earlier this year in February, a wolf, entangled in a snare (which was also illegally was missing owner identification), was shot and killed in Duluth. In addition, last year, two Minnesotans were charged in illegal trapping with snares in what the Minnesota DNR called the “biggest we’ve ever seen” with 638 illegal snares, after having a record of multiple trapping infractions over decades. Dogs have also been caught by snares. 
Dr. Maureen Hackett, founder and president of Howling For Wolves, a Minnesota-based wolf advocacy organization, responds: 
“Snares are dangerous landmines - they’re unselective and make our woods unsafe for wildlife and dogs. Twenty other states have banned snares, and Howling For Wolves supports the bipartisan group of state legislators who seek to remove snares from Minnesota woods for the sake of our safety. Removing snares entirely would help stop the pattern of illegal use.”
STATE LEGISLATION TO ELIMINATE SNARING: Howling For Wolves supports current bipartisan state legislation that would eliminate recreational snaring of all wildlife: 
House File 2160, authored by Representatives Fischer, Loon, Kunesh-Podein, Rosenthal, Ward, Slocum, Allen, Dehn, R., Hornstein, Clark, Mariani, Omar, and Masin, and its companion bill:
Senate File 1447, authored by Senators Hoffman, Wiger, Dibble, Bigham, and Abeler. 
STAND AGAINST SNARING: Howling For Wolves supports the “Stand Against Snaring,” campaign, a media and legislative advocacy campaign to end snaring in Minnesota. The campaign includes sizable social media and radio advertisements in the Twin Cities and regional media markets, as well as a corresponding website, www.StandAgainstSnaring, which provides information and a platform to easily email to advocate against snares to state legislators and Governor Mark Dayton. More information and pictures of snares can be found on the website.
Howling For Wolves is a Minnesota-based wolf advocacy organization that educates the public about the wild wolf to foster tolerance and to ensure the wolf’s long-term survival. Howling For Wolves opposes recreational wolf hunting and trapping and all wildlife snaring. We currently support the continuation of federal protections for the wolf by the Endangered Species Act. 
May 2, 2018