Howling for Wolves putting up anti-wolf hunt billboards

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Howling for Wolves is paying to put up billboards of this sort throughout the Twin Cities.
SEE ALSO:
-- Wolf hunting season opposed by 80 percent of DNR survey respondents
-- Minnesota's wolf hunting season begins November 3


A nonprofit called Howling for Wolves is putting up billboards around the Twin Cities in a last-ditch effort to persuade state officials to reconsider this fall's first-ever regulated wolf hunting season.

The billboards feature graphic photos of wolves ensnared in traps and read: "Stop DNR torture. Now or never."

Howling for Wolves, founded earlier this year "to be a voice for wild wolves," has also filed a government data request seeking information "about how and why the Gray Wolf is being targeted for an open sport trapping and shooting season immediately after it was removed from protection under the federal Endangered Species Act."

A press release accuses the DNR of kowtowing to hunters and trappers in pushing for a wolf season despite widespread public opposition.

But in a Pioneer Press blog post, Dave Orrick takes Howling for Wolves' case against the DNR to task:
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The group accuses the DNR of coming up with the wolf hunt plan "behind closed doors." This strains credulity, since no less a public body than than the state legislature approved several key parts of the season framework. (The DNR could have gone ahead with a hunt without legislative approval, but the agency would have lacked licensing and other authorities that could have imperiled the season.)

Howling for Wolves also alleges the DNR of "violated its own legal plan" of a five-year moratorium to allow a hunt after wolves were removed from the federal endangered species list. That's incorrect. Last year, the legislature voted to end that moratorium in the Game and Fish Bill, and Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill.
Orrick argues that the reason wolf hunting never would've been considered as recently as a decade ago is simple: There weren't enough of them. But now that the wolf population is recovered, there's no good reason not to allow a wolf hunt. Howling for Wolves, on the hand, argues the DNR doesn't have enough information to determine the extent to which Minnesota's wolf population has bounced back since the mid-70s, when it was estimated that only a few hundred of the animals remained in the state.

This year's unprecedented wolf hunt will be split up into two seasons. The first will coincide with Minnesota's deer hunting season, followed by a late hunting and trapping season.

Six thousand licenses will be granted for the two seasons -- 3,600 for the early season, 2,400 for the late season -- and will cost $30 for Minnesota residents and $250 for out-of-state hunters.

The second wolf hunting season will end January 6, 2013, or when the quota of 400 dead wolves is met, depending on which comes first.

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ScottSlocum
ScottSlocum

Man, if all you're going to do with your City Pages article is to hack a poor reference to Dave Orrick's Pioneer Press article, you'd be better off just shutting down and letting the Pioneer Press do the printing and distribution as well.


These issues of wolf management are not entirely ruled by emotion, belief, and opinion on one side or the other. There is a scientific alternative, and we should be smart enough to take it. Dave Orrick, in this case, has sided with belief (that you don't need a reason to kill wolves; but rather, someone else needs to be able to convince you that you have a life-or-death reason *not* to kill wolves), and this hacked City Pages reference to Dave Orrick has picked up Orrick's fumble and run with it--the wrong way. Very much like the political process by which recreational wolf hunting and trapping were established.

Yankee Doodle Pablo
Yankee Doodle Pablo

jeremiah, which season do you think I should buy my license for? The early season, which falls during the deer hunting season, may have the packs stirred up and sightings may be higher. The late season will have snow on the ground so when I shoot one, the blood trail will be easy to see. The Federal and State governments gave the "OK" to hunt them based on their research and not anti-hunting rhetoric from people like you. BANG!

Jerimiah Hartmann
Jerimiah Hartmann

Paul what u fail to understand is the they reported these animals killed by wolf's. It does not state that wolf's were seen doing the killing. Narrow minded people find livestock dead and right away blame a wolf because in the eyes of people like u it had to be the big bad wolf that did it. So unless these farmers have physical evidance such as hair or a tooth I do not buy it. Most are are baseing it on tracks problem is wolf's are scavangers so the animal may have been kill by other animals could have killed it and wolf's just ran them off and took the kill for them selfs but again narrow minded people such as u once again just blame the wolf !

Yankee Doodle Pablo
Yankee Doodle Pablo

The wolf hunt WILL take place, wolves WILL be killed. DEAL WITH IT!! o

Nico Rogers
Nico Rogers

I dont have any "research papers" to show proof but I'm pretty damn positive that the wolves inhabited the area first. So if you want to live where the wolves roam...DEAL WITH IT!!! o

Yankee Doodle Pablo
Yankee Doodle Pablo

i only wrote what was reported in the StarTrib. Pets do not qualify for monitary compensation from the Mn Dept of Ag. so the $96,000 paid out WAS for livestock loses that included cattle, sheep, and poultry. Read the article. By the way, any wolf that approaches me afield in a threatening manner is a dead wolf, and the law affords me that right.

Jerimiah Hartmann
Jerimiah Hartmann

First off those were pets not livestock secound the livestock they refer to were chickens,ducks and other fowel. Animals witch genraly get left to run around the farm yard easy pickings for a wolf second their their was some one who felt threatened that does not mean the wolf threated them it means they felt threatened and may I point it did not attack. So maybe u should read the facts. Witch are plainly written and stop trying to make them fit your agend.

Chad Smith
Chad Smith

Eat your granola and hug your tree but stay out of the north woods! That's where REAL men will be protecting and providing! F'n sissies!

Yankee Doodle Pablo
Yankee Doodle Pablo

Perhaps if you ever tried reading the papers you deliver for a living, you could educate yourself as well.

Yankee Doodle Pablo
Yankee Doodle Pablo

jeremiah, wolves killed 15 dogs in Minnesota in 2010. In the same year, the Minnesota Dept. of agriculture paid out $96,000 to farmers and ranchers in Minnesota who suffered livestock losses. Agents from various law enforcement agencies were able to verify 173 domestic animal deaths (pets and livestock) One report was verified of a human being threatened by a wolf as well. These facts are from the Minneapolis StarTribune article by Doug Grow.

Jerimiah Hartmann
Jerimiah Hartmann

Check my facts their all correct it is called research. Facts are there if u bother to look.

David Gabriel Robinson
David Gabriel Robinson

Don't kill these beautiful apex predators. This should only be allowed with no guns or bows. You want to kill a wolf? Have at it, but all you have are your wits. Now that would be neat. I'm not anti-hunting or anti-gun, by the way. And I don't care for the PETA terrorists.

Yankee Doodle Pablo
Yankee Doodle Pablo

Wow, Jeremiah. You are sure are touting yourself to be Mr. Expert on this issue. Where did you get your advanced degree in Wildlife maanagement? I'd like to research your transcripts, and perhaps get a look at some of your reseach papers. Those may prove to be some entertaining fiction.

Jerimiah Hartmann
Jerimiah Hartmann

First off Chad I hate PETA . Secound check my facts they are all in line. Third we should wipe out an animal for money how dumb. Thanks for proving your ignance tho you are the perfect example of the kind of person I was speaking about.

Chad Smith
Chad Smith

Oh geezus! Calm down PETA team! FACT- over populated and need to be controlled. FACT- hunting permits create state revenue. FACT- winning on Facebook does NOTHING for your "cause".

Jerimiah Hartmann
Jerimiah Hartmann

If u believe that wolves are killing livestock or hunting kids or are a threat to humans u are misinformed ! If u do some research u will find that we have what the DNR is calling an over population of deer in the state. This means wolf's are going after deer and rabbits and other animals in the woods. Deer often run solo and are easy pickings for a wolf vs a cow a horse or other livestock that are herd animals that group up and protect each other. If u had done said research u would know that cows horses and even donkeys have the power in one kick to take a wolf's head right off or snap their spine. A deer is strong and can pretty much do the same but seen as deer run solo it is much easyier for a PACK of wolf's to take a large single deer ! Now on the flip side their has never in recored history been an attack by a wolf on a human that goes for the history of Minnesota as well so open it eyes and do some research before u open it ingnorent mouth again. I understand that for some of u learning may be a novel concept but that does not mean the rest of us intelligent people that did our research and are informed souls have to listen to ur NRA gun toteing stars and bars flying uneducated redneck ass. If u have not realized who won the the war and wanna have this mind set please move back down south where u belong . Thanks from an intelligent northerner who knows his head from his ass !

Ryan Rud
Ryan Rud

I think its time the human population be kept in check. Nature will take care of itself if we stop messing with it.

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

Greg clearly has no idea what is going on in the northern part of the state since the DNR is already setup to handle wolves that prey on livestock. He's just another faceless shill for the bloodthirsty conservatives that want to kill. Fact: there are only 3000 wolves in the state of Minnesota.

Tasha Lance Njoes
Tasha Lance Njoes

I honestly am torn on this subject. I really don't think wolves should be hunted but on the other hand if they are causing lots of problems....

Yankee Doodle Pablo
Yankee Doodle Pablo

Billboard money would be better spent improving wolf habitat so we can shoot more wolves in the future.

Greg Honrud
Greg Honrud

This non-profit has NO idea what is going on in the northern part of the state because of wolve's!! Farmer's are losing live stock, parents are fearful for their kids safety... Sounds like a group that has NO idea what takes place ouside of the city!!

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