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Once despised by most, wolves now are revered by many. A November hunt in Minnesota has provoked both sides Weigh in with your own comments!!


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Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 12, 2012, 1:06 am
"Now 75 years old and living in Harris, Minn., John Kullgren was a teenager when he shot what he and others believed was a wolf, which he dropped with a single slug while hunting in Coon Rapids with his dad.

World War II had recently ended, and Minnesota was one of the few states that still harbored remnant populations of Canis lupus -- gray wolves -- or what many people called timber wolves.

With poison, airplane shooting, trapping and night gunning -- a real smorgasbord of killing opportunities long aided and abetted by the state and federal governments -- Minnesota had tried to rid itself of these marauding predators.

But it never could: Wolves that were dispatched were replenished by packs filtering down from Ontario and Manitoba.

"We lived in Fridley, and hunted wolves in Coon Rapids and also in Brooklyn Center,'' Kullgren said. "We'd walk the woods, and when we pushed them into the open, we'd shoot. Also we ran them with hounds. We'd hold the hound until we saw a wolf, then set the hound free to run the wolf down.''

A hunter lucky enough to kill a wolf in Minnesota in the middle of the last century often would transport the carcass to a newspaper office to be photographed for publication to wide public acclaim."

Chris W (79)
Wednesday September 12, 2012, 4:48 am
added a blog on that paper, thinking they are mostly pro-hunters maureen seems to be holding her own, we need to get vincent on it soon

Muriel Servaege (53)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 1:26 pm
I find grey wolves magnificent. I also find it outrageous to hunt and kill them. Taking the lives of animals is unworthy of human beings - who pretend to be civilized.

janet f (29)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 1:38 pm
Some people just aren't happy if they're not shooting something. The wolves were there way before people. Now people are encroaching on land that was always wild and supported the wolves with more than enough animals for food. Seems to me that it's the people who are now in the way. We need to cull their numbers, not the wolves.

John D (50)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 1:39 pm
Once man is placing his hand on the balance of nature and will knock that balance off its tracks...

andrea bassett (0)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 1:53 pm
The wolf is playing an historic role in balancing prey populations, keeping wildlife diseases in check, providing meat for scavengers and bolstering the biodiversity that makes for rich, highly functioning ecosystems.
So what part are the wolf hunters playing? Wolves are only good for nature.

David Menard (43)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 2:34 pm
Leave wolves alone!

Fred Krohn (34)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 2:50 pm
Ever heard of 'yersinia pestis'? How about the fleas that carry it and the rats that carry the fleas? You've no doubt heard that wolves gobble rodents like candy. So... Do you like the kid's rhyme 'ring around the rosie'? Do you know what it means?

Kill off the wolves, and start a bubonic plague infestation. No thanks, I'll buy a donkey and two herding dogs to manage my livestock and protect them, thus leaving the wolves be to cull rats, weakened wild deer (so the strontger ones don't starve over the winter), and other wildlife. I'd rather walk with a cattle prod and participate in a rabies vaccination hunt to immunise the wolves, than kill any healthy wolf!

Allison A (1)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 3:14 pm
Do men need to kill a wolf in order to make themselves feel like "men?" These poor animals don't bother anyone--yes, sometimes they kill other animals in order to eat, but that's nature. Man killing wolves just for the fun of it is sadistic behavior!

jennifer t (41)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 3:57 pm
The only good hunter is a dead one.Hunt the hunters.
Bac off and leave the wolves alone!

Barbara Erdman (63)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 4:19 pm
Noted and Thnx for Post on these Magnificent Creatures :-) ...

Lori Udenberg (3)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 7:16 pm
I have been opposing this ever since I heard they were even considering it.I have signed petitions and contacted Governor Dayton letting him know I do not approve.Minnesota has the wolf center in Ely and now they want to kill them what is wrong with this picture.
Wolves have a very strong family bond and by killing off part of a pack is just WRONG!They take care of the elder wolves which is more than you can say for a lot of humans.

Edith B (146)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 9:21 pm
Wolves are part of the ecological chain and should not be hunted to extinction.

Bette-Ann Libin (11)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 9:45 pm
The magnificent Grey Wolf defines wild America. Hunted to the brink of extinction, humans reintorduce the Wold to the US and by doing so, are now solely responsible for the well being of the species. Wolves are fine on their own, Wolves killing farm animals statistics are NOT as damaging as one might think. Wolves don't need input from humans, Wolves are wise beyond not desimate this animal, trust your Native American neighbor they know their living and spiritual icons in essence. The Wolf is true magic, any opposing comments are self indulgent and not welcome. A GREAT Wolf movie is "The Sawtooth Pack".

Bette-Ann Libin (11)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 9:46 pm
...a documentary not a movie, my apology for the typo!

roxy H (350)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 10:11 pm
lol no apology needed :) and i will look for it :) thanks for the reccomendation, i have posted a movie that is a documentary but have not been able to see yet ugh, its about koani the wolf, and just posted a story from one of my elders telling the story about the wolf and the ojibwa indian , UGH i cry every day the hunt gets closer to oct 15th, its killing my soul

Mena V (72)
Friday September 14, 2012, 4:57 am
Man kind will regret a lot when finish with the species.

Jo Ellen H (3)
Friday September 14, 2012, 5:27 am

Phillipa W (199)
Friday September 14, 2012, 6:17 am
I hope they don't kill this iconic species. Too many species have already become extinct. Not being critically endangered shouldn't mean there are "too many of them".

Ruth C (87)
Friday September 14, 2012, 10:03 am
I agree with Phillipa W.

carol k (17)
Friday September 14, 2012, 4:04 pm
they are not men but brutal killing thugs. to pose with the dead animal he shot or tortured to death does not make him a man. he does it to feed his sorry ego ! hunters who hunt wild dogs known as wolves, coyotes, fox,extra, are heartless scavengers! they have no right to so brutally waste an animals life who only does what man does, thrive to live. man is not meant to kill animals for pleasure or hate. or wipe thier kind off from God's created world.

Helle H (21)
Friday September 14, 2012, 8:52 pm

Friday September 14, 2012, 9:48 pm
Leave wolves alone!!!

Yvonne F (181)
Monday September 24, 2012, 4:19 am
Thanks Roxy for sharing! Really sadening
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