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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr share his thoughts on the state's first wolf hunt. Read the full article here.
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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?
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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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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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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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Howling For Wolves rally at the Capitol The public is invited to join Howling For Wolves for a rally at the Minnesota State Capitol on Friday, August 24, 2012. Family friendly, please share and bring a friend. Together, we can be a voice for the wolves. Time: 11AM – 2PM Location: 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
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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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Read the commentary by Karin Winegar on MPR and find out what she thinks. Read the full article here.
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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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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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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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