June 22, 2012 - Howling for Wolves
What kind of input is it really when the DNR is essentially saying that it didn't matter?
May 31, 2012 - Howling For Wolves
Gray Wolves were eliminated from all lower 48 states when the last remaining 600 wolves which were in Minnesota were granted Federal protection in 1978. After 20 years on the endangered species list, the wolf population increased to about 2400 wolves in 1998 and the population has stayed stable at just under 3000 wolves in 2007. A wolf management Plan was passed into law in 2001 in preparation for the gray wolf Federal delisting. This plan took two years of the cooperative efforts of over 30 organizations and stakeholders and resulted in a compromise agreement. It states that "population management including public taking (i.e. hunting and trapping) will be considered by DNR in the future, but not sooner than 5 years after Federal delisting. If a public take was proposed then there would be opportunity for full public comment. Decisions for any public take will be based on sound biological data including comprehensive population surveys."
April 23, 2012 - Howling For Wolves
This past Saturday April 21, 2012, KARE 11 News ran a story about Howling for Wolves and our shared opposition to the wolf hunt with American Indicans and specifically the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe. Spokesperson and Elder Robert Shimeck of the Red Lake Band described the spirirtual connection between the American Indian and the wolf.
April 22, 2012 - KARE 11
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April 6, 2012 - Star Tribune
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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.
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.
DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr share his thoughts on the state's first wolf hunt. Read the full article here.
Dr. Maureen Hackett and Nancy Nelson discuss the campaign to end Minnesota's wolf hunting season on Democratic Visions.
- 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.
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?
"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.
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.
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."
A must read, wonderful story about living with 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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