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Our state’s wildlife management resources need to be directed toward these goals. A wolf hunt — purely for recreation — does not accomplishment these objectives.
Even without a hunt, wolves are killed that are perceived to be a threat. Nor is there a plan to support nonlethal prevention methods that work for reducing wolf-livestock conflicts. The rare and first Minnesota wolf-human attack aside, the wolves that will be killed in another hunting season are random and not necessarily causing problems.
Last year, of the 413 wolves killed, 240 were juveniles. These young wolves had survived the high mortality pup stage and were growing to the reproductive age
How does another wolf hunt this year ensure the future of Minnesota’s wolves and the wildlife whose existence depends on the vital role of the wolf on our landscapes?
Maureen Hackett is the founder of Howling For Wolves, a nonprofit organization educating the public and policymakers about the Minnesota gray wolf. She is also a physician with a specialty in psychiatry.
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