In their ever-expanding quest to stop state management of a rapidly proliferating wolf population, anti-hunting forces have returned to the Minnesota statehouse with a series of bills designed to stop the state’s wolf hunt. In recent weeks, four bills aiming to curtail the wolf hunt have been introduced:
- HF 3196 prohibits trapping wolves and hunting wolves with the use of bait.
- HF 2680 and SF 2256 suspend the state’s wolf hunt until a series of reports and studies are completed on the status of the population.
- HF 1163 imposes a five-year moratorium on wolf hunting in the state.
“Over the past 20 to 25 years, the wolf population in Minnesota and the entire western Great Lakes region has grown substantially, greatly exceeding recovery targets,” said Evan Heusinkveld, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance vice president of government affairs. “But the antis’ efforts have little to do with population size and everything to do with wolf hunting seasons. These bills are just another effort to take away the ability of the state’s wildlife management professionals to use hunting as part of their wolf management plan.”
Minnesota has conducted two wolf hunting seasons since gray wolves were officially delisted in early 2012. The state has taken a measured and reasonable approach utilizing a tightly monitored, regional harvest quota system. Last season, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources was able to close the season successfully a month early after the target harvest had been met.
Take Action! Minnesota sportsmen should call their state representative and state senator today in opposition to these bills! Find contact information for your state legislators by visiting the USSA Legislative Action Center.