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Citizens argue for protection of gray wolves

Comments made at DNR hearing on changes to list of plants and animals at risk

January 31, 2013

NEW ULM — Minnesota’s gray wolves should not be hunted, according to testimony of four people Wednesday at a Department of Natural Resources hearing in New Ul....

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Integrity

Jan-31-13 8:43 AM

Hopkins, Glencoe, Bloomington, Owatonna-that's where these folks are from that are opposed to the hunt. They don't have them in their back yards, killing their wildlife, killing their livestock, etc. Talk to the folks in northern mn who live with them...

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deerhunt

Jan-31-13 10:57 AM

these are not pet dogs walking around in the woods waiting to be petted. you could more closely compare them to a cougar or Cheetah, thinking that letting the population grow uncontrolled is foolish. they just had a case down by Isle,Mn. where they were digging around in someones garbage and were unafraid of the landlord. wait till they kill a child.animals are wild and unpredictable. obviuosly the person in the article has never been in the woods with a wolf, i have .

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mnagipd437

Jan-31-13 12:41 PM

The wolves are protected. There is a season. Back in the day there was an open bounty on wolves. This caused an over harvest on them and almost wiped them out. We don't worry about deer, turkeys, pheasants, ect going extinct because we have a seaon. The wolves are safe because there is a season.

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mnisgr8

Jan-31-13 6:43 PM

Integrity, any Minnesotan has a right to have an opinion, we pay taxes. More people in this state oppose the wolf hunt than support it. If you read the article, these people have VALID points. And remember, city dwellers OWN cabin/lake property up North and have every right to speak up on the issue. They pay property taxes and many want wolves to prosper. I've talked to many who live in Ely and other Northern towns, and they support keeping wolves alive. ELY is in the heart of wolf country. Lodge owners up there know the value of economic tourism gains. Tourists flood Northern MN to hear wolves howling at night. Many deer hunters oppose wolf hunting because wolves keep deer populations healthy by cutting down on chronic wasting disease. There are more reasons to keep wolves alive than there are to kill them.

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svensota

Jan-31-13 8:12 PM

Oh...when I saw the headline I thought, well, gee-whiz, guys my age shouldn't be hunted down just because we're still a little frisky...then I read, "tourists flock to hear us howling at night"...and it all seemed okay to me.

So, hey, I'm good to go.

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deerhunt

Feb-01-13 6:58 AM

if it is the howling that turns your crank thats fine , you will hardly ever see a wolf in the wild since they are nocturnal,tourism -hardly. they have no natural predators and breed similar to dogs , there needs to be population control , hunting through the DNR is the most efficient. if you like the howling noise go buy yourself a tape to listen to. have you ever seen a wolf take a calf away from a full grown moose? these are not friendly dogs running around the woods, they are efficient killers. i am for having the wolves , but there population must remain in check to the environment around them.

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Integrity

Feb-01-13 9:05 AM

I never said kill them all, neither did the DNR. They simply want to take them off the Critical List because their numbers warrant. Then, they want to use tools to manage them - like a season. It is no different than any other animal with a hunting season-they won't go extinct. The population is AT LEAST 3,000, they authorized the taking of 75, and didn't even fill them all. I think the wolves will be fine...

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JReader

Feb-01-13 11:58 AM

The question that needs to be asked is what will happen to the wolf if there is no hunting season. A certain area can only support a limited number of any given species. If our DNR feels the time is now right to hunt the wolf I believe we should defer to their expertise. Regulated hunting is by far the most effective method to manage animal populations. Keeping a population at a sustainable level is by far more humane then letting the numbers increase to a level where the animals could suffer by starvation or disease.

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