Should wolf hunting be banned -- again -- in Minnesota?

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DFL Sen. Chris Eaton introduced a bill to ban the hunt Thursday.
A bill introduced to the Legislature this week would put a five-year moratorium on wolf hunting in Minnesota.

-Minnesota wolf hunters on track to finish just over target

Authored by Sen. Majority Whip Chris Eaton, it would continue to extend the ban beyond the five-year period unless "population management is deemed necessary," and other methods are explored.

Eaton's bill was referred to the Environment and Energy committee, but given wolf hunting was legalized just last year, it's hard to imagine at this point that it will succeed. But that's not to say it won't have support.

The hunt has been controversial since the bill to lift the ban was introduced to the Legislature.

Supporters say it's necessary to control the population, but opponents argue the animal is still vulnerable, and a hunt could have long-term harmful effects. Howling for Wolves, the primary group against the hunt, has aggressively protested the hunt -- most visibly with billboards demonizing the DNR -- and is now urging Minnesotans to call lawmakers and ask for a repeal.

So we ask our readers: Now that we've seen how the inaugural hunts have played out, should we keep it going?

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Wolves are the biggest waste of environmental dollars in recorded history......why, because they are used by disgusting groups as a ploy to get them to click the almighty donate now button...... groups like Howling for wolves smile from ear to ear when there is controversy and the can play there heart out on their sleeve for their precious animal.....truth is this disgusting animal has killed and maimed thousands of DOMESTIC animals since it's comeback in numbers to the state..The international environmental organization IUCN list the wolf as a species of "least concern"


No,  the only reason for the hunt  was to provide revenue for the DNR. Isn't it a shame that we need to scacrifice the lives of animals for the almighty dollar instead of for a real ecoligical need? The wolf population has remained more or less constant and does not need thinning. Wolf depredation problems have been minimal and authorized and competent devices were and are available to deal with them. We spend years saving the Minnesota wolf population and now we're going to sacrifice it for a few bucks and the desire for a wolf-skin rug in front of the  fireplace. ...Yep. we've got some real thinkers running things here. 

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