What do you think of the prospect of a wolf hunting season in Minnesota?

By the end of January, the gray wolf in Minnesota officially will be off the federal endangered species act and under the management of state officials. The DNR is working on a hunting and trapping plan for the gray wolf that could be ready by next fall if the Legislature approves.

Today’s Question: What do you think of the prospect of a wolf hunting season in Minnesota?

  • Clark

    Absolutely oppose it. How does anyone obtain pleasure in killing wolves or any other annimal, I will never understand. Glad I’m a city boy.

  • GaryF

    Wolves are no longer an endangered species. The program worked, now it is time to take them off.

    The more wolves we have the more they will have to compete with each other for food. Which means they will have eventually go after cattle.

    If we keep the wolf population low but sustainable, then they will have enough deer for themselves and not have to go after cattle.

  • Clark

    Absolutely oppose hunting for wolves. How anyone obtains pleasure from killiing annimals, I will never understand. Happy I’m a city boy.

  • Chuck

    I’m completely against it.

  • Bill

    It’ll give sportsman an opportunity to hunt another variety of game.

    Kinda makes me wonder; what does wolf taste like?

  • Keith

    And the reason for a wolf season is…what? With deer, turkey, etc., at least the hunters generally eat their kill. I hardly think anyone will be feasting on wolf steaks. The only reason I can think of is for it’s pelt, which is just wrong. Equally as wrong is to have a season just to allow killing, even to reduce the population. You want an open season on predators? Turn all the convicted child molesters and rapists loose in the woods and have at ‘em. Probably more sporting. And just as ludicrous.

  • GaryF

    I don’t now what is involved in hunting wolves. Never have hunted for them. Not sure how many people will.

    I do think you will see farmers shoot some that are threatening their cattle.

  • Steve the Cynic

    I wouldn’t do it myself but don’t object in principle to a wolf hunt. A wolf dying of a gunshot wound is worse than dying of starvation, how? The DNR seems to do a fairly good job of managing wildlife, so I’m confident they’ll do so for wolves, too. What puzzles me most is people who think we’re smart enough to regulate the populations of wild animals but not to regulate the economy.

  • GregX

    I’m all for it. Let the wolves thin the deer herd. I think we should let the wolves hunt in the cities too. They’d help reduce the racoons and possums.

  • david

    I can’t see the of a “wolf season” mattering much. Farmers have been shooting wolves all along. There is a lot of misguided feeling that wolves will be killing cows in droves. The fact is they will gladly scavenge already dead or dying cows, and then the farmer sees wolf tracks and blames the wolf for the dead cow. Of all the items on a wolf’s diet, cattle is probably at the very bottom of their preferences. Even a 200 pound wolf is going to thing twice about taking on a healthy 2000 pound cow.

    What this will do is generate a fair amount of revenue for the DNR in the form of licence fees. They won’t have to spend much managing the wolf population, as few will hunt them, and they are elusive as hell so fewer will ever get one.

  • GaryF

    “I’m all for it. Let the wolves thin the deer herd. I think we should let the wolves hunt in the cities too. They’d help reduce the racoons and possums. ”

    And Fido, and Fluffy, and your toddler playing in the sandbox in the backyard.

  • david

    “And Fido, and Fluffy, and your toddler playing in the sandbox in the backyard.”

    More toddlers will die in car accidents over the next few hours then have died because of wolfs in the history of the planet. Same goes for dogs. More cats will die because of owls tonight then in several years because of wolfs I would say. Hell the humane society will kill more dogs and cats today alone then wolves will in 10 years.

  • Larry M.

    Saddened.

  • kevinS

    Wonderful comment GregX…I could use a hungry visitor to my barn to help reduce the cat population brought about by city folks dumping their pets out in the country.

  • Littia

    I am against it. There are arrangements that can be made whereby farmers are compensated for slain livestock. This option should be in place.

  • Philip

    Not much.

  • GaryF

    David,

    We currently don’t have wolves in the cities like you suggested. So you statistics aren’t really that relevant.

    If you are stupid enough to think we want wild wolves roaming Highland Park and Bloomington to take care of the deer problem, you are nuts.

  • david

    Not any stupid then you for thinking they will ever reach that far in our life time if ever. But my point was NOT to use wolves to manage other forms of animals, good or bad. That was someone else gary. My point WAS that the issues of wolfs harming any of the things you or anyone else listed is GROSSELY overblown! You and other misguided individuals have prejudices based on feeling not facts. You hate wolves, fine. I hate pollution. It does way WAY more harm then wolves ever do, did, or will, but I bet you cry and whine about the proposed EPA regulations to get power plants to stop polluting the environment with mercury. Wolves belong in the environment, mercury DOES NOT! Mercury HARMS EVERYONE, but you POLITICAL addenda finds one bad, not the other, You hypocrite.

  • Bear

    Farmers will kill wolfs who are attacking their cattle? Let’s see wolfs are indigenous to North America; cattle are not. So, cattle are the invaders. Meat production is the number 2 or 3 contributor to major environmental problems. Cows emit 19 percent of the GHG emissions. It takes 441 gallons of water to product one pound of beef. Beef is an inefficient source of protein. How about leave wolfs to their natural habitat and have open hunting season polluting cattle?

  • Elizabeth

    @David. . I would like to see this 2000 pound cow you speak of. also, the problem with the wolves is they kill CALVES, pigs, sheep, poultry. . and the farmers are fined tens of thousands of dollars for defending their livestock.

    @ the Bambie mentality folks- A “season” means it is regulated, and the money from the licensing will roll back onto conservation, as it does with fish and deer seasons. And the wolves will continue to be monitored -Wolves wont attack people, but there are Farms by me that do have a wolf problem. It isn’t a free for all like the Bison.

  • Regnar James

    I’m looking forward to a new rug:-)

    The timber puppy population is out of whack.

    It may not seem like it to the slicks, but in the Northland there ARE a lot of wild dogs.

    DTOM

    PS. KimMN,,, isn’t it nice to be part of Minnesota Private Radio. (If you don’t have the hive mentality the sheeple will ban you)

  • Christine Pikala

    I am absolutely against hunting wolves. I am saddened and disappointed to hear once again that the ‘wildlife/environment’ is “the problem”. As human population grows and cities sprawl, why must animals be destroyed because humans are invading and taking over animals’ ‘wild space’. Shameful! Senseless!

    I have Siberian Husky dogs as pets. Not an ounce of ‘wolf’ in them, despite so many people stating, “your dogs look just like wolves; they *MUST* be part wolf.”. Whose to say that a hunter or anyone could mistake my *dogs* (or a fox, etc) as wolves and believe they could be hunted, shot, killed?????

    NO hunting wolves….period!

    Thank you.

    Christine Pikala

    Minneapolis, MN

  • david

    Elizabeth, a Blank Angus cow and weigh over 2,000 pounds, as can many other breeds. I am currently designing and building a cattle slaughter facility in Nebraska.

  • Whitney Taylor

    As a former graduate of the U of M fisheries and Wildlife, I am 100% opposed to a hunting season on the Gray Wolf. There is no biological reason to manage the wolf population in our state, it would be purely for sporting reasons which I don’t believe is very sporting. We hunted theses animals to practically extintion in our country, I think we can give them a break from a hunting/ trapping season.

  • Mark G

    Other than as a trophy-of-sorts, I can’t imagine why anyone would want to hunt wolves. People don’t eat wolf meat, and wolves don’t provide very useful fur, so I don’t see much point in a wolf-hunting season.

  • John P II

    I’ll defer to the wildlife management expert opinions as to the need for a hunting season to aid in managing populations (so soon?!) but I see no reason for a recreational trapping season. Leg hold traps are cruel and inhumane, and should only be used when the need to capture the animal exceeds the desire to torture the animal.

  • Michelle

    I think it is too soon to be considering a wolf hunt. I also trust the wildlife professionals to do robust research (which I know they have done), but it seems too quick a reaction to turn over to a hunt RIGHT after they were taken off the endangered species list.

    I honestly do not understand what the point is of hunting a wolf in the first place anyway.

  • Steve the Cynic

    “What puzzles me most is people who think we’re smart enough to regulate the populations of wild animals but not to regulate the economy.”

    I should add, …and vice versa.

  • Gordon near Two Harbors

    Minnesota has an wolf population estimated to be around 3,200 animals — more than all the other states outside of Alaska, combined. Wolves have not been endangered in this state for at least 20 years.

    The only reason that wolves have not been delisted here is politics.

    I hear wolves howling at least once or twice a week from my home, and they are a natural and important part of the northern landscape.

    Any hunting or trapping of these great animals should take place in areas where there is a serious conflict with livestock operations, but not all over their current range.

  • JLarson

    Moving out west where the hatred to wolves is even more evident, I believe even more that education of the old mind set to a new way of thinking is needed. As a society we tend to have a hard time thinking outside the fear, and here it is the fear of wolves. If anyone has gone to the International Wolf Center in Ely, MN – you can see how we have had the same fear for years. We need to educate our fears to better understand the biology of the wolves, rather than use the only thing humans know how to use – guns. Learn to co-exist, “we are not the only species on earth, we just act like it.”

  • GregX

    “And Fido, and Fluffy, and your toddler playing in the sandbox in the backyard. ” ================================= ==== I thought we were all for toughening up and dealing with our problems. You soft-hearted , violin playing, quilted tissues, lefties just don’t get it!

  • GregX

    Yes – but you have to hunt the wolves on equal terms. On foot and only a knife with a 6″ blade. Wolves typically succeed in kills about 4% of the time. See if you can beat that.

  • Bear

    @ JLarson “we are not the only species on earth, we just act like it.” … and if we continue on our current path, we won’t be the only species on earth.

  • ben

    ANY politician that supports a wolf season will NOT get my vote.

  • This is NOT lucy

    Thursday: What do you think of the prospect of a wolf hunting season in Minnesota?

    Wednesday: What’s the solution to Washington gridlock?

    Tuesday: What’s your opinion of a libertarian candidate like Ron Paul?

    Monday: What’s likely to be the lasting legacy of the war in Iraq?

    Hunting wolves? Really? This week has been -sort oof-questions based on political action and then, here, today there is the question of shooting wolves. Makes sense. Anyone want to guess what tomorrow’s question might be?

  • Jordan

    Some people just dont get it…. Wolves are true killers no matter how cute and cuddely you think they are. How much time do you people actually spend in wolf country? I see it first hand these wolves are everywhere and have dwindled our deer herds in Mn terribly. I belive there is a balance in Nature and i don’t think the wolf should be wiped out either. But something has to be done. you people need to realize that hunters are true conservationist and care for the quary they hunt. Think about all the revenue that is created every years by license sales. this money goes to support or DNR and our bioligist, and also protecting our wildlife. This money also funds projects like bike trails and city parks. Maybe the state should start licesing rollerblades and bikes that use these trails. then you can fund you own projects.

    Its a shame that hunters are affraid of letting there dogs hunt where there are wolves. Have you ever seen what a wolf can do to a dog in seconds. Its quite scary. People there is a whole world out there that doesn’t sit under the city lights of Minneapolis.

  • KevinVC

    Cooks have a saying:

    “If you can’t stand the heat stay out of the kitchen.”

    Simple, honest, and to the point…..

    Also I would say by extension:

    “If you can’t stand the wild animals, say out of the woods.”

    Simple, honest, and to the point.

    If you do not like wolves, don’t be where they are.

  • Kurt

    An interesting sidebar, to my mind anyway, is what affect a reduction in the wolve population would have on the moose population. Moose have been experiencing rather steep declines in MN. in recent years. The popular narrative is that it is due to, you guessed it, global warming. But moose numbers have been increasing virtually everywhere else that they reside in the continental U.S. and, in the east, are even expanding their range southward into Massachusetts and Conecticut. One thing we have but they don’t is a robust wolf population. Seems like a reasonable thing for a curious mind to study.

  • Keith

    Wolf season. Its about time. I cant believe how many people put wolves on a higher pedestal than humans. The only thing most of you know about wolves is what you have read in anti-hunting propaganda. I would like to know how many of you have actually seen a wolf in the wild or seen what they are capable of? Have any of you ever been in a farmers yard where a pack of wolfs has killed his cattle, some still alive with guts hanging out? I bet not. How many of you have ever came into a deer yard (where deer gather in the winter) where the wolves came in and killed a majority of the herd, not eaten just killed for pleasure? You dont see or read about storys like these on your cuddle wolf forums but that is reality. Have any of you had one of your dogs killed by wolves?- I bet not, if you would like i will send photos. Just because you visit the wolf center in Ely, MN once or twice and leave them 20 dollars in an envelope that doesnt make you an expert. I could go on for hours but all this talk about a wolf season has got me bubbling over with excitement, I think i will go site in my rifle so I’m sure to have a clean humane kill.

  • tzintzuntzan

    LOL! Some people in your neck of the woods need to go back to school! Human being are CARNIVORES (read “meat-killers”) and are currently at the TOP of the food chain. Humans kill by FAR more animals everyday on earth than “vicious” wolves. Your argument that wolves are killers is LAUGHABLE!!!! Honestly, are you part of the united states? You want to talk about lunch chasers, let me hold up the mirror for you!!

  • Roger

    In India, cows roam everywhere, but they don’t have a season to thin them out. They live and let live. Too little value on life in the US of all types.Glad I’m a vegetarian.

  • May

    I don’t understand this – why would anyone hunt wolves – what is the point. Makes me sad, and I don’t think it’s right. Shame on anyone who would hunt these beautiful animals. Shame on MN for allowing this.

  • Barbara Murray Lofquist

    Anyone that kills anything not directly threatening them or their animals is sick! A wolf pack will be wiped out if it loses the alpha male and/or female. I live outside of Ely. I have big dogs and wolves are not a problem. Trapping is torture and should be outlawed for all species.