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Minn. Wolf Hunt Moratorium Bill Passes State Senate Committee ( YIPEEE!)

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John Hottinger of the Sierra Club, Howard Goldman of the Humane Society of the United States, avid wolf watcher Debbie Pierce, Ojibwe Representative Nicole Hendrickson and Maureen Hackett of Howling for Wolves testified in support of SB 666


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roxy H (350)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 4:17 pm

Senate File 666, to reinstate the five-year moratorium on hunting wolves in the state of Minnesota passed the State Senate Environment and Energy Committee today, March 14, 2013, by a vote of 7-6. The bill will now go to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration.

John Hottinger of the Sierra Club, Howard Goldman of the Humane Society of the United States, avid wolf watcher Debbie Pierce, Ojibwe Representative Nicole Hendrickson and Maureen Hackett of Howling for Wolves testified in support of SB 666.

Opposition testimony featured Tim Spreck of the Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Alliance, Wayne Johnson of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, Gary Leistico of the Minnesota Trappers Association, Ely biologist and attorney Gerald Tyler, and Thom Peterson of the Minnesota Farmers Union.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Fish and Wildlife Division Director Ed Boggess and biologist Dan Stark provided informational testimony at the request of the Committee.

In presenting the bill to the committee, primary sponsor of the bill Senate Majority Whip Chris A. Eaton (DFL-40) called it common sense to take the proper time to study the recovery of the wolf before allowing recreational hunting, particularly given the large economic investment and years dedicated to bringing the species back from the brink of extinction.

The Sierra Club’s John Hottinger said lamented the circumvention of a proper public comment process in removing the moratorium without the allowance for a scientific population assessment and a responsible data-driven plan.

The Humane Society of the United State’s Howard Goldman said there was “no biological basis for the hunt,” with the last statewide survey having been conducted in 2007. Goldman provided some statistics as to the number of human-caused wolf mortalities in Minnesota last year. He said that approximately 250 wolves were killed illegally (an estimate based on studies at Fort Ripley), 413 were killed as apart of the hunt, and 299 wolves were killed due to depredation concerns. According to Goldman, “Over thirty percent of the wolf population was killed last year due to human-caused mortality. The Department of Natural Resources and the State need to take the time to fully study the population to better understand the impact of delisting. We must err on the side of caution.”

Voting in support of the bill were Committee Chair John Marty (DFL-66), Vice Chair John Hoffman (DFL-36), Senator D. Scott Dibble (DFL-61), Senator Chris A. Eaton (DFL-40), Senator Foung Hawj (DFL-67), Bev Scalze (DFL-42) and Senator Katie Sieben (DFL-54).

Voting against the bill were Ranking Minority Member David Brown (R-15), Senator Michelle Benson (R-31), Senator Lyle Koenen (DFL-17), Senator David J. Osmek (R-33), Senator Julie A. Rosen (R-23), and Bill Weber (R-22).

Senator Matt Schmit (DFL-21) was not in attendance.


Rose Becke (141)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 4:23 pm
Great news Roxie

Terry V (30)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 4:24 pm
Too close of a vote for me................

At Peace with the Wolves

Connie O (45)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 4:29 pm
I hope they take the time to study the situation, but being from this state, it will be a long haul....

Vicky P (476)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 7:22 pm
good..but yeah, close vote :/

Danuta W (1251)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 3:29 am

Karlyn B. (0)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 8:59 am
I am not a fan of requesting or supporting the 5 year moratorium at all.
A moratorium is a position to delay a hunt that has no purpose other then trophy. Supporting the moratorium implies that somewhere down the road, after time, you might reconsider and support a hunt. Yikes read the bill and it's vague wording that has a huge loophole.
I also opposed the moratorium concept when it was advanced in 1998 on the MN roundtable. Instead it is important to oppose recreational hunting of wolves because there is no scientific, biological or ethical reason to hunt wolves. Hunting is not a sound way to manage wolf numbers, damages wolf pack structures, does not serve to resolve verified depredations, does not increase acceptance of the wolf or enhance low "social carrying capacity," does not do anything, but suggest it will appease those who want to hunt wolves for sport. Waiting 5 years or 10 years does not change that hunting them is fundamentally wrong and serves no scientific or biological purpose. Having a moratorium.. sounds like a reasonable "compromise," but it misses the mark, when instead one should be fighting for management based upon sound science, not delaying an unacceptable strategy.

Rosemary Rannes (642)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 7:12 pm
Karlyn expressed her points of rational perfectly and I agree wholeheartedly!

Mike H (252)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 9:59 pm
Thanks Roxie

Sergio Padilla (65)
Monday March 18, 2013, 4:09 pm
Noted :)

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Monday March 18, 2013, 6:31 pm
Good news :)

Steve S (70)
Monday March 18, 2013, 10:36 pm
OPPOSE KILLING OF ALL WOLVES!!!! .... in any, yesterday, or 5 years from now... RE-LIST and STOP KILLING WOLVES...simple solution

Lisa W (143)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 4:07 pm
Noted, phew! Thanks Roxie!
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