Hennepin County: Don’t rob from Twins stadium to pay for Vikings

Target Field (Hennepin Co. photo)

State officials may soon be searching the couch cushions looking for change to boost electronic pulltab revenues for the Vikings stadium.

And Hennepin County Board Chairman Mike Opat has a very, very clear message for them: ”Our position to date and going forward is going to be very, very strong opposition, to using any of the ballpark sales tax.”

There is some extra money there. Opat says the .15 percent countywide sales tax approved by the Legislature and Hennepin Commissioners in 2006 is more than enough to pay the debt service on Target Field’s 30-year bonds.

“We’re looking at being able to pay off the debt 5 to 10 years early. It’s significant and we’re proud of that fact,” Opat says, calling it the result of prudent financial management. “I cannot think there would be one vote over here to participate in backfilling a hole in with the football stadium that comes as a result of poor planning with the pulltab revenue.”

And it’s not just a matter of political support on the Hennepin County board. In an interview this afternoon, Opat had another choice word — “Constitution” — when he spoke about the ballpark tax, an indication there might have already been some legal legwork done on the idea.

“It’s been unprecedented in state law that the state would hijack a local revenue for a state purpose. The governor has been very clear that the football stadium would be the People’s Stadium for the people of Minnesota. So, if there’s an issue how you finance the debt, it would be my strong opinion that the state would have to backfill that with some state revenue, whether it be general revenues or a new state revenue that the Legislature would pass. But never in the history, since 1958 when the Constitution was amended, am I aware that the state has taken a local revenue and applied it to a different purpose without local approval.”

But, as even Opat acknowledges, the Legislature usually gets to decide what is and what isn’t against the law.

 

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  • James

    No this doesn’t change my opinion. Allowing a wolf hunt last year was pathetic and disgusting and it still is. And unsurprisingly, now that the faucet has been turned on, it won’t be turned off again until wolves are in real trouble.

  • James

    No this doesn’t change my opinion. Allowing a wolf hunt last year was pathetic and disgusting and it still is. And unsurprisingly, now that the faucet has been turned on, it won’t be turned off again until wolves are in real trouble.

  • JQP

    no – this is another example of theo-political economists abusing science. Gawd wanted it so.

  • JQP

    no – this is another example of theo-political economists abusing science. Gawd wanted it so.

  • Ralfy

    No! Killing for pleasure is barbaric and repugnant.

  • Ralfy

    No! Killing for pleasure is barbaric and repugnant.

  • Gary F

    Star Trib reports that an estimated +2000 pups were born this year. The count was taken before the pups were born.

    Why didn’t the PP report that?

    • water beetle

      The DNR has no idea how many pups were born. Human killing of wolves breaks up packs and reduces reproduction: something the DNR did not mention at all. We do not know how many pups were born and how many will survive 6 months let alone live a normal lifespan which is quite short due to all causes of mortality.

      • Gary F

        They gave the number as an estimate from a DNR official. The total amount of wolves is an “estimate” too. But is that number more valid for your argument?

        They also didn’t have an estimate for the number that die of starvation each year.

        Hunting them will take a percentage of the population that may starve over the winter or become more desperate because of starvation and go after easy targets like livestock.

        Hey folks, they DFL could have stopped all this! So, they must approve.

        • lindi23MN

          Amy Klobuchar is the one who got the Great Lakes wolves delisted! What does that tell you? The main reason for delisting and slaughtering the wolves is to ensure no endangered species interfere with the Sulfide Mine Polymet wants to put up in the Boundary Waters. Greed and evil have no political affiliations.

    • NormMackey

      Why didn’t they report that the hunting causing decline in the average pack size from 4.9 in 2008 to 4.3 this winter increased an average pack’s production of pups from about 1.2 pups per adult to about 1.4 pups per adult?

      It would have been inaccurate to state 2000 pups given that the state’s researchers estimate the state has 438 packs with an average litter size of six. That would be about 2600. The majority of which will have died by the time a hunting season comes, and generally just about enough remain to replace the 25% loss to age, other wolves, and other natural causes.

  • Gary F

    Star Trib reports that an estimated +2000 pups were born this year. The count was taken before the pups were born.

    Why didn’t the PP report that?

    • water beetle

      The DNR has no idea how many pups were born. Human killing of wolves breaks up packs and reduces reproduction: something the DNR did not mention at all. We do not know how many pups were born and how many will survive 6 months let alone live a normal lifespan which is quite short due to all causes of mortality.

      • Gary F

        They gave the number as an estimate from a DNR official. The total amount of wolves is an “estimate” too. But is that number more valid for your argument?

        They also didn’t have an estimate for the number that die of starvation each year.

        Hunting them will take a percentage of the population that may starve over the winter or become more desperate because of starvation and go after easy targets like livestock.

        Hey folks, they DFL could have stopped all this! So, they must approve.

        • lindi23MN

          Amy Klobuchar is the one who got the Great Lakes wolves delisted! What does that tell you? The main reason for delisting and slaughtering the wolves is to ensure no endangered species interfere with the Sulfide Mine Polymet wants to put up in the Boundary Waters. Greed and evil have no political affiliations.

    • NormMackey

      Why didn’t they report that the hunting causing decline in the average pack size from 4.9 in 2008 to 4.3 this winter increased an average pack’s production of pups from about 1.2 pups per adult to about 1.4 pups per adult?

      It would have been inaccurate to state 2000 pups given that the state’s researchers estimate the state has 438 packs with an average litter size of six. That would be about 2600. The majority of which will have died by the time a hunting season comes, and generally just about enough remain to replace the 25% loss to age, other wolves, and other natural causes.

  • Jed L

    Excessive deer population is a real problem in many areas. For one thing, deer can destroy new growth of white pine and Norway pine. Wolves can help keep deer numbers in check, and therefore this factor should be taken into account.

  • Jed L

    Excessive deer population is a real problem in many areas. For one thing, deer can destroy new growth of white pine and Norway pine. Wolves can help keep deer numbers in check, and therefore this factor should be taken into account.

  • david

    After only one season no, but I imagine they might have to adjust the number of licenses. I, like the DNR, didn’t imagine that many wolves would have been taken. I wonder if after a couple seasons wolves will catch on and will be much harder to shoot, after so many years of being top predator. I also wonder if the rules were not followed by hunters in all cases. BTW I am actually against the whole concept of wolf hunting.

  • david

    After only one season no, but I imagine they might have to adjust the number of licenses. I, like the DNR, didn’t imagine that many wolves would have been taken. I wonder if after a couple seasons wolves will catch on and will be much harder to shoot, after so many years of being top predator. I also wonder if the rules were not followed by hunters in all cases. BTW I am actually against the whole concept of wolf hunting.

  • PaulJ

    There’s no sense in pretending humans are not in authority over most of the (formerly) natural world, so we must manage it responsibly. What we’re not responsible for is the fact that the tools nature has given us to manage with are life, death, and heartless.

  • PaulJ

    There’s no sense in pretending humans are not in authority over most of the (formerly) natural world, so we must manage it responsibly. What we’re not responsible for is the fact that the tools nature has given us to manage with are life, death, and heartless.

  • clara

    This whole thing speaks to barbarism and the DNR’s need to satisfy the kill drive of the trophy hunter set. They disguise this blood lust with bad science- since they have

    little or none to justify this killing of 1/4 of the wolf population. They believe they are superior to mother nature and when it satisfies them they say the lower population can be due to lack of deer, When they discuss the need for deer hunting its because we have too many deer and “god forbid” wolves should have equal access to them.
    I have very little comfort in knowing that our natural resources are being

    taken care of by the DNR.

  • clara

    This whole thing speaks to barbarism and the DNR’s need to satisfy the kill drive of the trophy hunter set. They disguise this blood lust with bad science- since they have

    little or none to justify this killing of 1/4 of the wolf population. They believe they are superior to mother nature and when it satisfies them they say the lower population can be due to lack of deer, When they discuss the need for deer hunting its because we have too many deer and “god forbid” wolves should have equal access to them.
    I have very little comfort in knowing that our natural resources are being

    taken care of by the DNR.

    • Reality22

      “need to satisfy the kill drive of the trophy hunter” – who are your trying to kid!
      For the last half decade they have had to kill over 200 wolves a year for getting into trouble……HOW – with GOVERNMENT trappers! The fruitcakes that pimp wolves have push more of them into traps then the hunters and trappers themselves! So, people like you want to stop hunting and trapping so that Government trappers have to come in and kill more wolves and do it all with TRAPPING! You people are real smart! NEVER in the history of man has the wolf lived in harmony with people…… The idiots that claim Minnesota was the example of how to treat wolves (before the hunt) are clueless. AND YES this last year before the hunt they almost hit 300 of the vermin that were killed around farms with depredation problems! Wolf pimps are more disgusting than trophy hunters. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a population of 2100 when the MN wolf management plan calls for 1600 and GOVERNMENT trappers are still being used to clean up after the vermin.

  • Charlie F

    The fact that the DNR allows (even promotes) these majestic animals to be trapped using snares and toothed spring traps despite the fact that a majority of Minnesotans opposed such cruel tactics is reflective of their banal bureaucratic approach to “managing” our natural resources. A loss of 25% in the first year of killing and yet they continue to allow it. Simply a sad commentary.

  • Charlie F

    The fact that the DNR allows (even promotes) these majestic animals to be trapped using snares and toothed spring traps despite the fact that a majority of Minnesotans opposed such cruel tactics is reflective of their banal bureaucratic approach to “managing” our natural resources. A loss of 25% in the first year of killing and yet they continue to allow it. Simply a sad commentary.

    • Reality22

      For the last half decade they have had to kill over 200 wolves a year for getting into trouble……HOW – with GOVERNMENT trappers! The fruitcakes that pimp wolves have push more of them into traps then the hunters and trappers themselves! So, these people want to stop hunting and trapping so that Government trappers have to come in and kill more wolves and do it all with TRAPPING! You people are real smart! NEVER in the history of man has the wolf lived in harmony with people…… The idiots that claim Minnesota was the example of how to treat wolves (before the hunt) are clueless. AND YES this last year before the hunt they almost hit 300 of the vermin that were killed around farms with depredation problems!

  • Gary F

    The DFL wants people to hunt wolves.

    They had the ability to stop it and didn’t .

    • JQP

      or perhaps another way of saying

      America is so far “right” that our far left doesn’t even cross an objective measure of political centrism.

  • Gary F

    The DFL wants people to hunt wolves.

    They had the ability to stop it and didn’t .

    • JQP

      or perhaps another way of saying

      America is so far “right” that our far left doesn’t even cross an objective measure of political centrism.

  • Gordon near Two Harbors

    No. Wolves were probably at or near record high numbers across the their range in Minnesota, due to continuing large population of deer. Here in the North we have historically had severe winters every few years that would severely knock back the deer herd, but these severe winters have been virtually non-existent since the mid-1990s.

    Predator-prey relationships are complex, but the high deer population in NE Minnesota, where they were historically absent or rare (this was moose/woodland caribou country), has kept wolf numbers so high that they are at least partially responsible for the high rate of moose calf mortality, probably contributing to the steep decline in moose numbers seen in the past few years.

    The brain worms transmitted from deer to moose are also likely a significant factor in moose decline–again because of too many deer. Ideally, the State of Minnesota should manage much of the arrowhead region primarily for moose by maximizing the deer harvest in the region, and continuing to harvest some wolves. Eventually, a low deep population could lead to fewer (more natural) numbers of both deer and wolves, and more stable and healthy population of moose.

    Some level of wolf hunting will probably always be needed in those parts of the state where livestock depredation occurs, because around 200 wolves were trapped annually in that region for many years anyway.

  • Gordon near Two Harbors

    No. Wolves were probably at or near record high numbers across the their range in Minnesota, due to continuing large population of deer. Here in the North we have historically had severe winters every few years that would severely knock back the deer herd, but these severe winters have been virtually non-existent since the mid-1990s.

    Predator-prey relationships are complex, but the high deer population in NE Minnesota, where they were historically absent or rare (this was moose/woodland caribou country), has kept wolf numbers so high that they are at least partially responsible for the high rate of moose calf mortality, probably contributing to the steep decline in moose numbers seen in the past few years.

    The brain worms transmitted from deer to moose are also likely a significant factor in moose decline–again because of too many deer. Ideally, the State of Minnesota should manage much of the arrowhead region primarily for moose by maximizing the deer harvest in the region, and continuing to harvest some wolves. Eventually, a low deep population could lead to fewer (more natural) numbers of both deer and wolves, and more stable and healthy population of moose.

    Some level of wolf hunting will probably always be needed in those parts of the state where livestock depredation occurs, because around 200 wolves were trapped annually in that region for many years anyway.

    • Reality22

      You are correct….. Minnesota has been killing over 200 trouble making wolves for half a decade now. They almost hit 300 last year. That does not sound like an animal that manages itself….

      Wisconsin has been spending tax dollars on wolves at a rate ABOVE $1000 per wolf PER YEAR for depredation, depredation management & species management for the two years before the hunt …. Now… does that sound like an animal that “manages itself”?

      Michigan had AT LEAST 115 DOMESTIC animals killed by wolves in 2008.If the life span of the wolf is 8 years, at this rate over the lifespan of the wolves of Michigan 920 Domestic animals would be killed (8×115)/ The
      population of wolves in Michigan in 2008 was 515….. Wolves in Michigan have the potential to have at least 178% on average chance of depredating on someone’s livestock or pet over its lifespan,,,,, (920/515)*100 percentage… Now…. does that sound like an animal that “manages itself”?

  • water beetle

    No there is no scientific reason for the hunt and wolves manage their own numbers with all of the challenges to their existence. Regarding our problems with parasites in moose etc, we must keep our predators in place in our ecosystem to make sure the meso-predators (coyotes) do not take over and that smaller prey such as rodents are controlled. Wolves are very important for this balance. The DNR must refocus on the original management plan which requires them to reduce human-wolf conflicts especially over livestock issues. There are long-lasting and effective non-lethal methods that are better than killing wolves and then having younger and less experienced wolves reproducing and seeking easy food due to smaller pack sizes and less experienced hunters. Trapping and especially snaring with wires is a horrible way to kill animals. The wolf experiences prolonged painful brain bleeds and not death by suffocation with the snares which killed 75% of the wolves in the trapping season in MN last year.

  • water beetle

    No there is no scientific reason for the hunt and wolves manage their own numbers with all of the challenges to their existence. Regarding our problems with parasites in moose etc, we must keep our predators in place in our ecosystem to make sure the meso-predators (coyotes) do not take over and that smaller prey such as rodents are controlled. Wolves are very important for this balance. The DNR must refocus on the original management plan which requires them to reduce human-wolf conflicts especially over livestock issues. There are long-lasting and effective non-lethal methods that are better than killing wolves and then having younger and less experienced wolves reproducing and seeking easy food due to smaller pack sizes and less experienced hunters. Trapping and especially snaring with wires is a horrible way to kill animals. The wolf experiences prolonged painful brain bleeds and not death by suffocation with the snares which killed 75% of the wolves in the trapping season in MN last year.

  • Debbie

    I was against the wolf hunt before the reduction in wolf population and I am even more against it now. Wolf play a vital role in our ecosystem. They being hunted,trapped and killed in record numbers, to pacify ranchers and hunters.

  • Debbie

    I was against the wolf hunt before the reduction in wolf population and I am even more against it now. Wolf play a vital role in our ecosystem. They being hunted,trapped and killed in record numbers, to pacify ranchers and hunters.

  • t.carlson

    I am even more strongly against it now.

  • lobolvr1

    This is just ONE example of several in the wolf-killing states of the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes of the negative effect of trophy hunting and trapping on wolf populations. It’s just astonishing that state game managers turn their back on the science in favor of special interest groups (which constitute a minority of the population ANYWHERE) who want to ultimately wipe out the wolf in the wild so they exist only in zoos. This should not be tolerated by the majority shareholders, as wolves fall under the Public Trust Doctrine to be protected and preserved in the wilds for all Americans. Wisconsin will even allow the use of dogs to hunt wolves this fall, which will result in horrific encounters between these animals and amounts to nothing more than state-sanctioned dog fighting – a felony in Wisconsin!

  • t.carlson

    I am even more strongly against it now.

  • lobolvr1

    This is just ONE example of several in the wolf-killing states of the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes of the negative effect of trophy hunting and trapping on wolf populations. It’s just astonishing that state game managers turn their back on the science in favor of special interest groups (which constitute a minority of the population ANYWHERE) who want to ultimately wipe out the wolf in the wild so they exist only in zoos. This should not be tolerated by the majority shareholders, as wolves fall under the Public Trust Doctrine to be protected and preserved in the wilds for all Americans. Wisconsin will even allow the use of dogs to hunt wolves this fall, which will result in horrific encounters between these animals and amounts to nothing more than state-sanctioned dog fighting – a felony in Wisconsin!

  • Ellen

    I was opposed before, and this only confirms our worst fears. The hunting and trapping interests have the DNR in their pockets. When do the rest of us get to be heard?

  • Ellen

    I was opposed before, and this only confirms our worst fears. The hunting and trapping interests have the DNR in their pockets. When do the rest of us get to be heard?

  • Karen Valerio

    This demonstrates, to me, that the DNR doesn’t know what they are doing. Their first hunt resulted in a significant population decline. They need to not have a hunt until they can get their act together and not reduce the population below the federal mandated numbers.

  • Karen Valerio

    This demonstrates, to me, that the DNR doesn’t know what they are doing. Their first hunt resulted in a significant population decline. They need to not have a hunt until they can get their act together and not reduce the population below the federal mandated numbers.

  • Kirsten

    I was also opposed before and expected the survey to show decreasing numbers. I expected the DNR and our elected leaders to listen to the majority and more importantly to also protect the wolves and our ecosystem. Instead they cater to the hunters. I didn’t expect this in Minnesota.

  • Kirsten

    I was also opposed before and expected the survey to show decreasing numbers. I expected the DNR and our elected leaders to listen to the majority and more importantly to also protect the wolves and our ecosystem. Instead they cater to the hunters. I didn’t expect this in Minnesota.

  • Jeffersonian

    The DNR has its collective head up its collective a** so far it can see out its navel. It’s just a political organization used as a tool by other right-wing tools. Gone are the days of true conservation. Cf: hunting sandhill cranes and mourning doves.

  • Jeffersonian

    The DNR has its collective head up its collective a** so far it can see out its navel. It’s just a political organization used as a tool by other right-wing tools. Gone are the days of true conservation. Cf: hunting sandhill cranes and mourning doves.

  • Linda Froiland Gridley

    I am opposed to the wolf hunt. It seems voters but only special interests have any say about anything any more. The DNR does not do anything to protect what it is suppose to. I know employees there that are not happy with the way things are run. We need no leadership from the top down.

  • Linda Froiland Gridley

    I am opposed to the wolf hunt. It seems voters but only special interests have any say about anything any more. The DNR does not do anything to protect what it is suppose to. I know employees there that are not happy with the way things are run. We need no leadership from the top down.

  • Gayle

    Just a few stats for your consideration:
    In Minnesota:
    Wolves take 45,000 to 60,000 deer per year.
    Cars kill 35,000 to 50,000 deer per year.
    Hunters kill 250,000 deer per year.
    Though wolves primarily eat deer, they only eat the ones they can catch and take down without a fight (a deer kick can kill a wolf). Wolves also eat a lot of small critters that are tasty and easy to kill – from rabbits to mice.

    Wolves provide and important check and balance for the deer population. it is all part of the balance of nature. It is cruel folly for humans to kill for fun, with “management” being the justification.

    • briant

      Your numbers are GROSSLY incorrect! Wikipedia lied to you.

      • Gayle

        My data sources for deer killed in Minnesota:
        By wolves – International Wolf Center, Ely, MN
        By cars – State Farm Insurance
        By Hunters – Minnesota DNR
        Do you have “better” numbers?

  • Gayle

    Just a few stats for your consideration:
    In Minnesota:
    Wolves take 45,000 to 60,000 deer per year.
    Cars kill 35,000 to 50,000 deer per year.
    Hunters kill 250,000 deer per year.
    Though wolves primarily eat deer, they only eat the ones they can catch and take down without a fight (a deer kick can kill a wolf). Wolves also eat a lot of small critters that are tasty and easy to kill – from rabbits to mice.

    Wolves provide and important check and balance for the deer population. it is all part of the balance of nature. It is cruel folly for humans to kill for fun, with “management” being the justification.

    • briant

      Your numbers are GROSSLY incorrect! Wikipedia lied to you.

      • Gayle

        My data sources for deer killed in Minnesota:
        By wolves – International Wolf Center, Ely, MN
        By cars – State Farm Insurance
        By Hunters – Minnesota DNR
        Do you have “better” numbers?

  • finiki1

    I am apposed to the wolf hunt excuse me the sport killing! The DNR is in need of taking a look at their way of doing their counts as obviously they were wrong! How are we to believe what they tell us. Everyone worked very hard to start the process of bringing these beautiful creatures back from the brink, and now the DNR is using false numbers to get them killed off again! They are part of our legacy and should be left alone. What has happened to Leadership ?

  • finiki1

    I am apposed to the wolf hunt excuse me the sport killing! The DNR is in need of taking a look at their way of doing their counts as obviously they were wrong! How are we to believe what they tell us. Everyone worked very hard to start the process of bringing these beautiful creatures back from the brink, and now the DNR is using false numbers to get them killed off again! They are part of our legacy and should be left alone. What has happened to Leadership ?

  • Elaine

    Minnesota should never have initiated a wolf hunting and trapping season. It went against all logic to initiate the season immediately upon the delisting of the wolf. In a nutshell, the hunt was politically driven by northeast legislators, Republican legislators lobbied by the sporting goods industry, Senator Amy Klobuchar looking for gun lobby votes, and top DNR officials looking for money from hunting/trapping licenses. The decision had little to do with the actual situation on the ground. The declining wolf and moose populations show what happens when humans try to “manage” a living, fluctuating ecological system. This is especially true because our forests are managed for money–including logging, mineral leasing, and hunting. When money and politics drive a system, we all end up losing.

  • Elaine

    Minnesota should never have initiated a wolf hunting and trapping season. It went against all logic to initiate the season immediately upon the delisting of the wolf. In a nutshell, the hunt was politically driven by northeast legislators, Republican legislators lobbied by the sporting goods industry, Senator Amy Klobuchar looking for gun lobby votes, and top DNR officials looking for money from hunting/trapping licenses. The decision had little to do with the actual situation on the ground. The declining wolf and moose populations show what happens when humans try to “manage” a living, fluctuating ecological system. This is especially true because our forests are managed for money–including logging, mineral leasing, and hunting. When money and politics drive a system, we all end up losing.

  • DEW

    Against hunting wolves before. Still against it.
    These predators are a vital part of the their ecosystems. Why can’t we just leave them alone? Farmers are compensated for any losses due to wolves, so what’s the problem? DNR and hunters not busy enough micromanaging and killing other fauna?

  • DEW

    Against hunting wolves before. Still against it.
    These predators are a vital part of the their ecosystems. Why can’t we just leave them alone? Farmers are compensated for any losses due to wolves, so what’s the problem? DNR and hunters not busy enough micromanaging and killing other fauna?

  • V. Thor

    The wolf hunt is barbaric. To de-list the wolf and then slaughter them them to the point of no recovery is absurd wildlife “management.” Better to rename the Dept. of Natural Resources to Dept. of Wildlife and Environment Conservation and Restoration to reflect the REAL desires of the majority of Minnesotans.

  • V. Thor

    The wolf hunt is barbaric. To de-list the wolf and then slaughter them them to the point of no recovery is absurd wildlife “management.” Better to rename the Dept. of Natural Resources to Dept. of Wildlife and Environment Conservation and Restoration to reflect the REAL desires of the majority of Minnesotans.

  • bigmaryusa

    It is a power play for money hungry and power hungry groups. There is not a shred of good science or logical explanations as to what the wolves are causing that is “bad” to deserve being hunted. I believe as it stands the DNR is now responsible in killing more moose than the wolves are. Our environment all around will continue to suffer if we continue to allow this to happen. We also need to end payouts for losses and demand non lethal control.

  • brian

    Against hunting wolves before. Still against it.

    Persecution and Extermination – 1960’s

    Over a hundred years ago, people around the world began waging a war against the wolf. The U.S. government implemented a nationwide policy of wolf control. Wolves were seen as pests that posed a threat to the continued safety and prosperity of the American people. Theodore Roosevelt, a man widely known for his environmental activism, declared the wolf as “the beast of waste and destruction” and called for its eradication. Their skulls and skins were piled high for victory photographs and to claim the bounties. Most believed they served God and the United States by ridding the countryside of such vermin. The wolf is the only species to be deliberately driven to the brink of extinction by humans.

    Through a systematic extermination of every wolf to be found, the US government won its battle against nature. By 1960, the once populous gray wolf was essentially extinct throughout its former range. The last 300 wolves in the lower 48 states roamed the deep woods of upper Michigan and Minnesota, only surviving by running and hiding at the first sign of humans is this our gole wipe them out last wolf be shot in the 60s

  • bigmaryusa

    It is a power play for money hungry and power hungry groups. There is not a shred of good science or logical explanations as to what the wolves are causing that is “bad” to deserve being hunted. I believe as it stands the DNR is now responsible in killing more moose than the wolves are. Our environment all around will continue to suffer if we continue to allow this to happen. We also need to end payouts for losses and demand non lethal control.

  • brian

    Against hunting wolves before. Still against it.

    Persecution and Extermination – 1960’s

    Over a hundred years ago, people around the world began waging a war against the wolf. The U.S. government implemented a nationwide policy of wolf control. Wolves were seen as pests that posed a threat to the continued safety and prosperity of the American people. Theodore Roosevelt, a man widely known for his environmental activism, declared the wolf as “the beast of waste and destruction” and called for its eradication. Their skulls and skins were piled high for victory photographs and to claim the bounties. Most believed they served God and the United States by ridding the countryside of such vermin. The wolf is the only species to be deliberately driven to the brink of extinction by humans.

    Through a systematic extermination of every wolf to be found, the US government won its battle against nature. By 1960, the once populous gray wolf was essentially extinct throughout its former range. The last 300 wolves in the lower 48 states roamed the deep woods of upper Michigan and Minnesota, only surviving by running and hiding at the first sign of humans is this our gole wipe them out last wolf be shot in the 60s

  • DNR Loves it’s Hunters

    DNR = Directed by Nutjobs w/ Rifles

  • DNR Loves it’s Hunters

    DNR = Directed by Nutjobs w/ Rifles

  • Lori

    I have opposed the hunt from the very beginning. It is wrong for so many reasons. Unfortunately the DNR is supported in many ways by special interest groups that want a wolf hunt. Disgraceful!

  • Lori

    I have opposed the hunt from the very beginning. It is wrong for so many reasons. Unfortunately the DNR is supported in many ways by special interest groups that want a wolf hunt. Disgraceful!

  • lindi23MN

    No. I have opposed the wolf hunt from the beginning. Wolves primarily hunt deer which are grossly overpopulated in Minnesota and often infected with Chronic Wasting Disease and other illnesses. They cull the sick and weak animals and they keep the herds moving which prevents overgrazing and saves trees. A lot of other species feed from their kills. Wolves bring numerous benefits to their ecosystems and they manage their own populations so there is no scientific need for humans to “manage” (aka kill) them. Last years hunt was a trophy hunt held so men could brag to other men that they had killed an apex predator. That is nothing less than a sacrilage! No real hunter kills what he will not eat unless his life is threatened. The majority of Minnesotans are proud of our wildlife and they condemn this senseless killing of so many of our wolves by a tiny percentage of the population and special interests. Stop killing our wolves!

  • lindi23MN

    No. I have opposed the wolf hunt from the beginning. Wolves primarily hunt deer which are grossly overpopulated in Minnesota and often infected with Chronic Wasting Disease and other illnesses. They cull the sick and weak animals and they keep the herds moving which prevents overgrazing and saves trees. A lot of other species feed from their kills. Wolves bring numerous benefits to their ecosystems and they manage their own populations so there is no scientific need for humans to “manage” (aka kill) them. Last years hunt was a trophy hunt held so men could brag to other men that they had killed an apex predator. That is nothing less than a sacrilage! No real hunter kills what he will not eat unless his life is threatened. The majority of Minnesotans are proud of our wildlife and they condemn this senseless killing of so many of our wolves by a tiny percentage of the population and special interests. Stop killing our wolves!

  • Lois

    I still oppose the hunt, have always opposed the hunt, and have become more and more disenfranchised by our DNR – they are not the Department of Natural Resources – all of our precious resources – anymore. The department seems like a political pawn. No science seems to be used in any decision making any longer…. it is too bad. Right now trying to figure out a way for citizens to take back a voice in how our wildlife and public lands are managed.

  • Lois

    I still oppose the hunt, have always opposed the hunt, and have become more and more disenfranchised by our DNR – they are not the Department of Natural Resources – all of our precious resources – anymore. The department seems like a political pawn. No science seems to be used in any decision making any longer…. it is too bad. Right now trying to figure out a way for citizens to take back a voice in how our wildlife and public lands are managed.

  • Steve D

    All wild life numbers seem to be down. Less moose, deer, rabbits, fox, raccoons, even field mice numbers are down here in NW Minnesota. It does not surprise me that one of the top of the food chain animals like wolves are down. The only exception is coyotes they seem to be up in numbers. The coyote used to hunt alone or in pairs but once the wolves showed up here the coyote is a smart animal I now see them hunting in packs of 4 to 6! They were getting hungry after last winter coming into yards after cats and dogs. I have seen wolves hunting deer it is not a pretty sight. I think the DNR needs a more in depth population study to determine the effect of hunting on the numbers of wolves. All of those commenting on the wolf hunt need to look at their own carbon foot print before they throw stones in their glass towers. Please, everyone one wake up and demand ecological system changes not just one issue changes.

    Steve D. Crookston MN

  • Steve D

    All wild life numbers seem to be down. Less moose, deer, rabbits, fox, raccoons, even field mice numbers are down here in NW Minnesota. It does not surprise me that one of the top of the food chain animals like wolves are down. The only exception is coyotes they seem to be up in numbers. The coyote used to hunt alone or in pairs but once the wolves showed up here the coyote is a smart animal I now see them hunting in packs of 4 to 6! They were getting hungry after last winter coming into yards after cats and dogs. I have seen wolves hunting deer it is not a pretty sight. I think the DNR needs a more in depth population study to determine the effect of hunting on the numbers of wolves. All of those commenting on the wolf hunt need to look at their own carbon foot print before they throw stones in their glass towers. Please, everyone one wake up and demand ecological system changes not just one issue changes.

    Steve D. Crookston MN

  • Kara WZ

    I continue to grow more and more opposed to the wolf hunt. The more I learn about the importance of wolves to the ecological balance and the devastation to the life of the pack the more disgusted I become with the wolf hunt.
    This is just another aspect of proof of the poor process and logic that brought about the hunt in the first place.
    Now they count them? After there has been a hunt?
    After the investment we have made in bringing the wolves back to Minnesota, it is short-sighted to start blasting them back into near extinction.

  • Kara WZ

    I continue to grow more and more opposed to the wolf hunt. The more I learn about the importance of wolves to the ecological balance and the devastation to the life of the pack the more disgusted I become with the wolf hunt.
    This is just another aspect of proof of the poor process and logic that brought about the hunt in the first place.
    Now they count them? After there has been a hunt?
    After the investment we have made in bringing the wolves back to Minnesota, it is short-sighted to start blasting them back into near extinction.

  • Bret Thiele

    No, I still oppose the hunting and trapping of wolves.

  • Bret Thiele

    No, I still oppose the hunting and trapping of wolves.

  • Linda Peck

    I believe it was a mistake to allow a wolf hunt this past season and oppose it even more for another. A healthy top predator population in an ecosystem means the system as a whole is healthy.

  • Linda Peck

    I believe it was a mistake to allow a wolf hunt this past season and oppose it even more for another. A healthy top predator population in an ecosystem means the system as a whole is healthy.

  • david

    It’s a day late, and at least a couple bucks short, but glad to see one of our own elected as well as a neighbor from the east doing the right thing for us. Read and tell your friends. http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/10/opinion/pocan-voting-rights/index.html?hpt=hp_t4

  • david

    It’s a day late, and at least a couple bucks short, but glad to see one of our own elected as well as a neighbor from the east doing the right thing for us. Read and tell your friends. http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/10/opinion/pocan-voting-rights/index.html?hpt=hp_t4

  • Ralph

    The DNR can’t make ethical decisions in the first place and now that there are statistics proving we shouldn’t be hunting the wolves they can’t use those to form a logical conclusion either? Stop the hunt.

  • Ralph

    The DNR can’t make ethical decisions in the first place and now that there are statistics proving we shouldn’t be hunting the wolves they can’t use those to form a logical conclusion either? Stop the hunt.

  • Matt Johnson

    This just puts another nail in the coffin for this recreational/thrill killing of wolves in Minnesota.

    The DNR was forced to make this decision by some very cruel (not Minnesota nice) politicians.

    Wolf trophy killing needs to stop!

  • Matt Johnson

    This just puts another nail in the coffin for this recreational/thrill killing of wolves in Minnesota.

    The DNR was forced to make this decision by some very cruel (not Minnesota nice) politicians.

    Wolf trophy killing needs to stop!

  • Don

    No – this was an ill-conceived hunt from the beginning. No recent surveys before it began, then we’re surprised with low numbers such as we’ve not had for a decade or more. The hunt was supposedly to reduce conflict with humans. Why is baiting of wolves allowed, if we want to make them shy of humans?! Stop the baiting, trapping and snaring – it has no justification.

  • Don

    No – this was an ill-conceived hunt from the beginning. No recent surveys before it began, then we’re surprised with low numbers such as we’ve not had for a decade or more. The hunt was supposedly to reduce conflict with humans. Why is baiting of wolves allowed, if we want to make them shy of humans?! Stop the baiting, trapping and snaring – it has no justification.

  • Judy Chucker

    I am highly opposed to the wolf hunt. At minimum, there are too many human-made pressures on the environment for the DNR to be certain about the stability of the wolf population. Seems to me the DNR has a tendency to permit hunts BEFORE they have sound data on the population. Second, the DNR seems to be managing the population for political purposes. Third, hunting–and especially trapping–are done for pure sport; this strikes me as highly unethical. I would hope that the DNR would manage its resources for those of us who love the “natural”.

  • Michelle

    I do not and will not support the DNR and the senseless killing of wolves–or any other animal for that matter. Enough is enough. Go messing with the delicate balance of the ecosystem in the name of “management”…She has a way of “managing” herself. What we do to nature, we do to ourselves.

  • Judy Chucker

    I am highly opposed to the wolf hunt. At minimum, there are too many human-made pressures on the environment for the DNR to be certain about the stability of the wolf population. Seems to me the DNR has a tendency to permit hunts BEFORE they have sound data on the population. Second, the DNR seems to be managing the population for political purposes. Third, hunting–and especially trapping–are done for pure sport; this strikes me as highly unethical. I would hope that the DNR would manage its resources for those of us who love the “natural”.

  • Michelle

    I do not and will not support the DNR and the senseless killing of wolves–or any other animal for that matter. Enough is enough. Go messing with the delicate balance of the ecosystem in the name of “management”…She has a way of “managing” herself. What we do to nature, we do to ourselves.

  • Mary De Witt

    I strongly agree with all of the people who have said that they are opposed to the wolf hunt. Humans should NOT try ro manage natural systems. When they do, it usually results in an ecologoical disaster of some sort. A number of comments have pointed out that the wolf plays a very important part in nature’s predator/prey balance.
    I, too, think that trophy hunting is particularly repugnant, and that it is wrong to kill any living creature for sport.

    • Gordon near Two Harbors

      Humans should not try to manage natural ecosystems? Just the presence of well over five million people in Minnesota and seven billion people worldwide, and both growing with no end in sight, has a HUGE impact on “natural” ecosystems. Truly natural ecosystems hardly even exist in most of the world, including just about all of the United States.

      If people truly care about wolves, wild country, and the good things that go with them, then they need to look at their own lives and ask the following questions:

      1. Am I committed to having no more than two children with my partner?
      2. Will I avoid moving to, or building in, an area where wild lands/open space will be destroyed (i.e. “exurbia”)?
      3. Will I strive to minimize my consumption of natural resources?

      • clara

        totally agree and a few things to add to that- is
        start having 0- or 1 child-
        don’t eat meat, as “meat production” is one of the leading sources of greenhouse gasses, to the tune that maybe even Al Gore is exploring veganism- Gordon all of those area great things to think about and the wolf appreciates it I’m sure

      • Reality22

        What a crock….. On Isle Royale your “natural ecosystems” are a sham. Wolves killed off the moose to the point where they themselves die…. then with very few wolves the moose go sky high…. that is not balance! Researchers say the island can handle 1050 moose. ON one of the huge upswings of moose on the island the population exploded to 2400 moose then with a bad winter starvation killed 2000 of them. That is nature and fine with me! BUT, for you to come on here and degrade humans managing wildlife is a JOKE ! Had wolves been managing the Wisconsin deer herd we would see populations go completely intolerable to the point some seasons millions of deer would starve! It’s people like you that pimp to spend our tax dollars on litigation instead of habitat that are the problem…… Here is a list of just the recent “wolf” law suits

        Colorado – suing for wolves in the Small Rocky Mountain National Park.

        New Mexico – suing because allowing chronic depredating wolves to do their thing is more important than protecting private property & running ranchers off their private land is high priority.

        Nevada /NM – suing because they want the cross breed (Coyote/Gray Wolf) to have more protection so they can abuse the Endangered
        Species Act to the hilt.

        Oregon – sue so they don’t have to follow the Oregon Wolf Management Plan for removing chronic depredating wolves.

        Wisconsin – suing to severely limit any kind of control sportsman have and will need to effectively control these vermin.

        Wisconsin – (YES 2 law suits in Wisconsin) The one above isn’t shutting down the hunt so they have filed an “intent to sue” coming at in from a different angle than the ridiculous “animal cruelty” angle….

        Wyoming – suing because they need to sulk for they didn’t get there way AND because the state has the correct management strategy that the local people want all while hoping to get activist Judge molloy to hear their case.

        Wyoming – Yup…. two active law suits. Some say they are judge shopping no doubt! Hard to find someone like semi-retired Judge molloy!

        Wyoming – #3 no doubt they are shopping for a Judge to replace what molloy has given them over the years.

        Maine (New England) region – suing because the oversized coyotes they have aren’t good enough to replace what sportsman are doing effectively.

        Minnesota – suing just for the fun of it – and because 3000 wolves isn’t enough and killing 200 of the vermin yearly on the governments dime isn’t enough!

        Idaho / Montana – suing because laws from congress aren’t good enough and they think they have a (“separation of powers”) leg to stand on.

        Alaska – suing because they want to know every wolf that is managed via “Aerial” management

        North Carolina – Apparently more wolves are more important than keeping the coyotes population under control.

        WI, MI, MN – Great Lakes region , that would be three for Wisconsin. The international environmental organization IUCN list this animal as a species of “least concern”….. and they file lawsuits for this animal as being “Endangered”.

        Can you imagine what a group like DU or RMEF could do to preserve habitat if they have every dollar spent on the above law suits….. DISGUSTING PEOPLE pimp wolves!

        • Mikey O’Garbage

          The wolves on Isle Royale died off due to a congenital spinal defect that was from inbreeding, (Too small a genetic pool to make for the needed diversity.) The moose population has decreased due to illness and parasites, not wolf depredation, it’s been proven by the DNR studies. I agree with managed hunts of many animals but do not agree that wolves are a source of harm at the level that is stated by people who are pro wolf hunting. Wolves kill about as many deer per year as cars do, man kills five times that many.

          • Reality22

            In areas and deer management units that are below population goals MAN does not shoot does. Wolves on the other had kill anything. To say the wolves do not have an impact is just plain garbage. Dr Anderson said we would have an elk herd of about 400 elk BY THE YEAR 2004 …. here we are 2013 and the population can not even hit stay atop 175. The undisputed number one cause of mortality of that elk herd WOLVES! How in gods green earth can they impact that herd the way they do and not be effecting our deer herds. It is well documented that CARS do not KILL as many elk in that herd ….BY FAR!

        • Mikey O’Garbage

          Furthermore, what you describe above IS balance, the system correcting itself when one group exceeds the regions resources, where another animal then fills that niche. The population changes you cite above are in fact, proof of balance asserting itself when the population is out of balance. Or are you under the impression that ecosystems in “balance” never lose large masses of one specie?

          • Reality22

            If that is your answer ….. ignorance is bliss. Are you going to tell me that it is OK for the 1.2 million deer in Wisconsin to populate to 3.6 million. Your wolf utopia was tried in Minnesota and the experiment FAILED. They were still killing OVER 200 of the troublemaking vermin EVERY YEAR for getting into trouble. YUP, almost hit 300 before last years hunt all on the GOVERNMENTS dime. YOUR MAXIMUM WOLVES at maximum cost to the taxpayer, pet owner, livestock owner and game herds is just plain wrong…. Wolves have never lived in harmony with people! NEVER.

  • Mary De Witt

    I strongly agree with all of the people who have said that they are opposed to the wolf hunt. Humans should NOT try ro manage natural systems. When they do, it usually results in an ecologoical disaster of some sort. A number of comments have pointed out that the wolf plays a very important part in nature’s predator/prey balance.
    I, too, think that trophy hunting is particularly repugnant, and that it is wrong to kill any living creature for sport.

    • Gordon near Two Harbors

      Humans should not try to manage natural ecosystems? Just the presence of well over five million people in Minnesota and seven billion people worldwide, and both growing with no end in sight, has a HUGE impact on “natural” ecosystems. Truly natural ecosystems hardly even exist in most of the world, including just about all of the United States.

      If people truly care about wolves, wild country, and the good things that go with them, then they need to look at their own lives and ask the following questions:

      1. Am I committed to having no more than two children with my partner?
      2. Will I avoid moving to, or building in, an area where wild lands/open space will be destroyed (i.e. “exurbia”)?
      3. Will I strive to minimize my consumption of natural resources?

      • clara

        totally agree and a few things to add to that- is
        start having 0- or 1 child-
        don’t eat meat, as “meat production” is one of the leading sources of greenhouse gasses, to the tune that maybe even Al Gore is exploring veganism- Gordon all of those area great things to think about and the wolf appreciates it I’m sure

  • Conor McIntyre

    I’m GLaD to see so many comments that oppose the ignorance of facts and evils that hunting these creatures involves and is made up of.

    • Reality22

      What a bigoted comment ….. The only evil in the world of the wolf are the people that pimp them to get there donate now button pressed or to promote bigotry or to collect EAJA dollars or to stay on the government dole for the tax dollars it take to clean up after the vermin!

      • Conor

        Perhaps I was a bit mad at the time but the wolves are not vermin either. Ecological balance exists, and yes, I read your comment on that. The truth is that harsh winters can hurt populations. Wolves are needed in ecosystems, and just because a large portion of a moose population died of cold, doesn’t men that we should kill wolves.

        • Reality22

          Balance? Wolves create balance? That’s the party line isn’t it….. Yellowstone is NOT balanced …..not even close. The predator pit created there is self explanatory. The world renowned elk herd once numbered 19000 elk…..NOW 3918 . Moose are gone! Yellowstone is a predator pit. MAN has been part of the eco-systems of North America for AT LEAST 12000 years……and the 10 MILLION Native Americans that lived here when whiteman arrived were not eating tofu and wearing polyester bonnets……. The were killing animals for food and clothing.

  • Conor McIntyre

    I’m GLaD to see so many comments that oppose the ignorance of facts and evils that hunting these creatures involves and is made up of.

  • Scott B

    I want to see the wolf hunt/trapping season continue, as a managed season. I also want to see wolves act like they used to be; afraid of and avoid people. The ones I cross have little fear. That is not normal. When I ice fish in Ontario wolves there run at the smell of people, yet they have a healthy population. I truly believe, the DNR should move wolves to Carlos Avery Wildlife M.A. as well as the Wildlife M.A. below Fort Snelling, as well as Whitewater State Forest. There is plenty around Cook, Ely, Effie, Big Fork, live trap them and move them. Since it seems so many people from the metro think it is great to have them around your deck go for it.
    Wolves belong here, but need to be kept in line, as you people would come to learn if you lived around them.

    • Chuck Ashley

      Please, I hear that worn out line by ALL who want to kill wolves no matter what wolf state they reside in. Yes I do know what it is like to be around wolves,if you leave them alone they reciprocate! If you are a rancher & have good animal husbandry skills wolves will pose you little problems. But if you just put out your livestock to graze in wolf territory without proper fencing then guess what? The wolf sees your sheep or calf like any prey animal-breakfast/lunch or dinner! To punish them for surviving is wrong! You get compensated from wolf kills and if you catch a wolf actually attacking your livestock you have the RIGHT already to remove it! Wolves fear men & avoid them naturally,your assertion otherwise is pure fables/fear mongering to justify killing them! Screw that! Oh and as for wolves taking deer/moose from white hunters-too bad so sad!

  • Scott B

    I want to see the wolf hunt/trapping season continue, as a managed season. I also want to see wolves act like they used to be; afraid of and avoid people. The ones I cross have little fear. That is not normal. When I ice fish in Ontario wolves there run at the smell of people, yet they have a healthy population. I truly believe, the DNR should move wolves to Carlos Avery Wildlife M.A. as well as the Wildlife M.A. below Fort Snelling, as well as Whitewater State Forest. There is plenty around Cook, Ely, Effie, Big Fork, live trap them and move them. Since it seems so many people from the metro think it is great to have them around your deck go for it.
    Wolves belong here, but need to be kept in line, as you people would come to learn if you lived around them.

    • Chuck Ashley

      Please, I hear that worn out line by ALL who want to kill wolves no matter what wolf state they reside in. Yes I do know what it is like to be around wolves,if you leave them alone they reciprocate! If you are a rancher & have good animal husbandry skills wolves will pose you little problems. But if you just put out your livestock to graze in wolf territory without proper fencing then guess what? The wolf sees your sheep or calf like any prey animal-breakfast/lunch or dinner! To punish them for surviving is wrong! You get compensated from wolf kills and if you catch a wolf actually attacking your livestock you have the RIGHT already to remove it! Wolves fear men & avoid them naturally,your assertion otherwise is pure fables/fear mongering to justify killing them! Screw that! Oh and as for wolves taking deer/moose from white hunters-too bad so sad!

  • Mike Chutich

    I was opposed to the hunt from the beginning. The 25% decline in the wolf population makes me more determined to stop this trophy hunt. Why is a small minority of Minnesotans able to impose its desire to kill wolves on the majority who oppose this? There is no science supporting this hunt; the majority of Minnesotans want it stopped. Our legislators need to hear from us until the trophy hunt is stopped. Minnesotans want wolves protected!

  • Mike Chutich

    I was opposed to the hunt from the beginning. The 25% decline in the wolf population makes me more determined to stop this trophy hunt. Why is a small minority of Minnesotans able to impose its desire to kill wolves on the majority who oppose this? There is no science supporting this hunt; the majority of Minnesotans want it stopped. Our legislators need to hear from us until the trophy hunt is stopped. Minnesotans want wolves protected!

  • Faith Reichel

    After 30 years of a slow wolf recovery in North America, the state of Minnesota has decided to wage war on the surviving wolf population, relying on any means possible to get the job done. Ask yourself this, when will it be enough? When the last wolf becomes extinct in North America? Perhaps it will take 30 more years before we can admit this mistake, but by that time, it cannot be undone.

  • Faith Reichel

    After 30 years of a slow wolf recovery in North America, the state of Minnesota has decided to wage war on the surviving wolf population, relying on any means possible to get the job done. Ask yourself this, when will it be enough? When the last wolf becomes extinct in North America? Perhaps it will take 30 more years before we can admit this mistake, but by that time, it cannot be undone.

  • PaulJ

    The five I thought of make me sound as vain as a hip hop DJ; so, in the interests of good taste, I’d better pass on this one.

    • JQP

      Maybe :”Carly Simon sang it “

  • Andrea

    I was against the wolf hunt and am now even more against the wolf hunt. The wolf population had become fairly stable, and enough time had passed (a few generations being raised to respect rather than fear wolves) that attitudes toward these predators have largely changed. I think this decision is only favored by the worst kind of bigots and profiteers now, with most ordinary people being shocked and dismayed. If we want to live on Earth, we will have to share it with other creatures, and deal with some predation of livestock (crops, pets, whatever). There really isn’t another option. If humans had total control on the environment, it would die. So could we please make our expectations more realistic and co-exist with nature, wolves and all?

  • Andrea

    I was against the wolf hunt and am now even more against the wolf hunt. The wolf population had become fairly stable, and enough time had passed (a few generations being raised to respect rather than fear wolves) that attitudes toward these predators have largely changed. I think this decision is only favored by the worst kind of bigots and profiteers now, with most ordinary people being shocked and dismayed. If we want to live on Earth, we will have to share it with other creatures, and deal with some predation of livestock (crops, pets, whatever). There really isn’t another option. If humans had total control on the environment, it would die. So could we please make our expectations more realistic and co-exist with nature, wolves and all?

  • Typical Commenter

    Arrogant, Ignorant, Sanctimonious, Self-absorbed, and Opinionated

  • Melissa

    5 words to describe my identity: European, Short, Thoughtful, Hippy, Dreamer

  • Melissa

    5 words to describe my identity: European, Short, Thoughtful, Hippy, Dreamer

  • Jane

    I am against delisting the wolves, last year’s MN hung, and ANY future hunt until we know the population can recover.

  • Jane

    I am against delisting the wolves, last year’s MN hung, and ANY future hunt until we know the population can recover.

  • Pearly

    I am a white Hispanic.

  • theothergeoff

    recently-awakened White, Anti-Racist Justice Fighter

  • theothergeoff

    recently-awakened White, Anti-Racist Justice Fighter

  • I_value_wolves

    No. When I heard what the DNR was up to I immediately opposed it.They were sneaky about it too. They bypassed the 5 year waiting period that was required after the delisting where they would have gathered public input.Recreational hunting and trapping of wolves should be stopped and
    non-lethal methods should be used to handle wolf/livestock conflicts.This would be done immediately if the
    DNR cared about the long term survival of the grey wolf. The bald eagle
    was considered vermin at one time and was nearly hunted to extinction
    by the same type of mindset. The DNR should considered the economic
    impact of wolf tourism. I bet there’s a hecka of lot more people who
    would like to see a wolf and take a pic for Facebook than there are of
    the ones who see a wolf and want to kill it. We can do better! Thank you for the coverage and the video.

    • Reality22

      Why do you “value wolves”……. got a “donate now ” button that your pimping? Disgusting people pimp the wolf?

      • Mikey O’Garbage

        I value wolves because they are the only predator other than man controlling the deer population. They are necessary to hunt off the sick, weak, and old. Any sportsman who isn’t an idiot should know this. Wolves also hunt and kill wild domesticated breeds of dogs as they compete for food. Feral domestic dogs attack people, wolves do not.

  • I_value_wolves

    No. When I heard what the DNR was up to I immediately opposed it.They were sneaky about it too. They bypassed the 5 year waiting period that was required after the delisting where they would have gathered public input.Recreational hunting and trapping of wolves should be stopped and
    non-lethal methods should be used to handle wolf/livestock conflicts.This would be done immediately if the
    DNR cared about the long term survival of the grey wolf. The bald eagle
    was considered vermin at one time and was nearly hunted to extinction
    by the same type of mindset. The DNR should considered the economic
    impact of wolf tourism. I bet there’s a hecka of lot more people who
    would like to see a wolf and take a pic for Facebook than there are of
    the ones who see a wolf and want to kill it. We can do better! Thank you for the coverage and the video.

  • Chuck Ashley

    Excuse me but those of you in the media but specifically MPR NEED to go back to last summer/early fall Before the hunt the DNR boasted of the 3000 number to justify the hunt. They trotted out Dr. Mech their Supreme Wolf expert to aid them in convincing the public we can do this without any significant issues. Now they with your assistance tweak the wording of this 25% decline to give the FALSE impression the hunt was just a Part of the decline instead of being the SOLE cause it truly is! Also among the numbers the DNR brought up regarding the total amount of wolves killed NEEDS to be the TRUE number of wolves killed illegally/poached. We may have lost another 100 and do not know as if they gave us the REAL number their Approximation could be much less than we dare think! Seeing as how under DNR management our moose population has crashed,to further entrust them with our wolves is foolhardy to say the least! Call your legislators-Senate & House reps and DEMAND the wolf hunts to be suspended indefinitely as well as demanding a True Citizen conservation council be formed to protect our wildlife from special interests which just want them for their den walls instead of their wilderness home.

  • Chuck Ashley

    Excuse me but those of you in the media but specifically MPR NEED to go back to last summer/early fall Before the hunt the DNR boasted of the 3000 number to justify the hunt. They trotted out Dr. Mech their Supreme Wolf expert to aid them in convincing the public we can do this without any significant issues. Now they with your assistance tweak the wording of this 25% decline to give the FALSE impression the hunt was just a Part of the decline instead of being the SOLE cause it truly is! Also among the numbers the DNR brought up regarding the total amount of wolves killed NEEDS to be the TRUE number of wolves killed illegally/poached. We may have lost another 100 and do not know as if they gave us the REAL number their Approximation could be much less than we dare think! Seeing as how under DNR management our moose population has crashed,to further entrust them with our wolves is foolhardy to say the least! Call your legislators-Senate & House reps and DEMAND the wolf hunts to be suspended indefinitely as well as demanding a True Citizen conservation council be formed to protect our wildlife from special interests which just want them for their den walls instead of their wilderness home.

  • Tired of the bunny huggers

    Absolutely not.

    Wolves kill off other wolves as do bears and parasites so what’s the difference? Every animal on this planet kills something whether other animals or plants. Stop being so critical of the humans killing something. It’s the way of things. I don’t see anybody whining that there was wolf on wolf murder. Maybe we should create fenced zones to keep them separated and safe. Oh yeah, and what about the orca that terrorize the poor seals, flipping them in the air for sport before killing them. Oh, I forgot they don’t care.

  • Tired of the bunny huggers

    Absolutely not.

    Wolves kill off other wolves as do bears and parasites so what’s the difference? Every animal on this planet kills something whether other animals or plants. Stop being so critical of the humans killing something. It’s the way of things. I don’t see anybody whining that there was wolf on wolf murder. Maybe we should create fenced zones to keep them separated and safe. Oh yeah, and what about the orca that terrorize the poor seals, flipping them in the air for sport before killing them. Oh, I forgot they don’t care.

  • Justice for Colored Kids

    You seem to care more about wolves being killed than black kids in Chicago. Typical leftist media.

  • Realist Hunter

    You should get your lazy butt into the woods and see first-hand what is going on. The deer population is getting ravaged while the wolf population is out of control. I have personally seen 7 wolves from my deer stand this year. 9 out of 10 hunters will tell you the same. Please go hug another tree, MPR!

    • Mikey O’Garbage

      It took 63 years for the wolf population to go from 500 to about 3000, that means about 40 more wolves per year total pop than the previous year. 413 were killed in last years hunt, or basically the total growth of the wolf pop for ten years was taken in one. Their numbers are hardly out of control. Also, the same number of deer are killed each year by cars as by wolves. roughly 45000. These stats come from the DNR, not some leftist rag. The deer population is not, and has never been “ravaged” by wolves. You are delusional. Being a realist means you should be able to do math. Climate change that assists diseases is the biggest threat to moose and deer in MN, not predation. The states deer pop is currently at over 1,000,000. At their rate of growth compared to the amount of deer they kill, it would take about 22 years to “ravage” the population, and thats only if not one single newborn fawn happened during that entire period. Maybe go check some actual facts before you spout off? And yes, I am a hunter and bow hunter, and I shoot deer.