Amy Klobuchar declares war on wolves

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Amy Klobuchar: Heel, boy.
Amy Klobuchar is substantive, smart, hard-working, avoids controversy, rarely makes a public verbal misstep -- save for the vaguely northern accent, she's sort of the anti-Sarah Palin. But now Minnesota's respectable senator has revealed what she has in common with Alaska's inescapable former governor: An insatiable thirst for wolf blood.

We might be overselling this just a bit. But try telling that to the wolves. (Actually, don't. They will eat you.)

Yesterday, Klobuchar said that Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will support a renewed pledge to trap and kill hundreds of Minnesota's wolves. The announcement came just days after a lack of funding brought an end to a federal program of wolf-trapping, which had, typically thanks to legislators' earmarks, gone on for 33 years.

Now, Klobuchar tells the Duluth News Tribune that she not only wants to bring back funding for the program, but also to take the wolf off the endangered species list. Perhaps in its place we could put "environmentalist politicians."

Klobuchar told the News Tribune she wants to bring back the program because it's the best thing for Minnesota's farmers and ranchers, who otherwise feel besieged by feral packs.

"We need this program to keep Minnesota livestock and residents safe," Klobuchar said."The gap in that coverage was unacceptable."

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Minnesota DNR
This wolf is not a troublemaker, and denies knowing any of the guys you're talking about.
Last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture received 272 complaints about wolves, and "took care of" about 192 wolves, if you know what the U.S. Department of Agriculture is saying. The year before, 192 wolves were trapped and killed by the USDA. This year, the number was up to 189, before the earmark ran out.

At the moment, Minnesota's wolves are not technically endangered and are instead classified as "threatened," which means they can be killed legally. This is thanks to the current headcount of 3,200, a number that fish and wildlife officials consider quite sturdy given the certain extinction they were headed for when they first hit the endangered list in 1974.

In other states, like Wisconsin and Michigan -- where populations are in the hundreds -- wolves are totally protected. When trapped near farms and ranches in those states, wolves are simply driven into the middle of the woods and released, which is merely disorienting but not fatal.

Advocates say the controlled culling of "troublemaker" wolves is a better alternative than leaving it up to lone ranchers, who might take matters into their own hands with guns or even poison. Critics of the program argue that the war against wolves is merely a distraction from the real problem of werewolves, which was ignored yet again in President Obama's budget.


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tomurphy2017
tomurphy2017

as with all our politicians they take favors for favors, both senators klobuchar and franken are for the cattle ranchers, so my question is what are they getting in return. also they passed the grazing bill which has not been done in northern MN - now if they have done research on this and read my emails to them as to what this practice has done to Montana's public lands they would have not let this pass. just think of cows trampling the natural growth by streams and ponds - along with tons of cow shit - again i ask - what are they getting in return, they both may turn out to be millionaires by the time their terms are done..    get that shrimp has been comedian out of there and klobuchar.

PB
PB

Very disappointing from a Senator usually makes fact based, measured decisions.  Wolves are a vital part of a healthy ecosystem.  One need only look at what happened in Yellowstone when the wolves were eradicated to see the affect on the environment.   Programs can be put in place to reimburse the rancher for any lost animals.  But to cull the wolves as she is suggesting will have a huge impact on Minneosta's ecosystem.

Alena Neumann
Alena Neumann

I really hope there is a challenger in the primary. Is she crazy?

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Amy Klobuchar is substantive?I cant think of a bigger Pollyanna.  The woman has brought forth no bills that would create private sector jobs, nor has she made any attempts to fix our nations debt woes.  But hey, she can always count on the 25% of Minneapolis voters without a high school diploma to carry her.

vitajex
vitajex

Mike, the silliness you display in this post is disheartening!

"Critics of the program argue that the war against wolves is merely a distraction from the real problem of werewolves, which was ignored yet again in President Obama's budget."

At $30 per ounce, America simply cannot afford the silver for the bullets for such a program!

MN
MN

Respectable Senator???  HAHAHAH

green23
green23

I think that you are confusing Bachmann and Klobuchar. Except Klobuchar shows up for work, and Bachmann doesn't.

jww
jww

So, it sounds like you'll be voting Klobuchar.

green23
green23

So you are saying that Bachmann has the same work ethic as Obama?

You really don't "get" the whole logic thing, do you?

By creating these bogus equivalences as a distraction, you are claiming that the two people are...equivalent. It's hilarious because you have no idea that you are even doing that, but it's the only logical conclusion.

If it was bad when Obama did it, why is it okay when Bachmann does it? I keep asking you this, and you never answer.

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