STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Wolf hunting moratorium advances
By Danielle Killey
Advocates could not prevent Minnesotas first wolf hunting season, but they now are asking state lawmakers to put a stop to the hunt for at least five years.
My concern is for the ... Posted on 3/14/13 at 9:43 PM
OUTDOORS WITH SAM COOK Feds again propose delisting of wolves
You may have seen the story in today's Duluth News Tribune and online at www.duluthnewstribune.com that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided -- again -- to propose removing the timber wolf f... Posted on 9/14/10 at 12:23 PM
As Minnesota and Wisconsin get ready to hold their second annual wolf hunting and trapping seasons, wolf experts from around the world will gather in Duluth this weekend to talk about the future of wolves and their relationships with people.
Federal officials offered a staunch defense Monday of their proposal to drop legal protections for the gray wolf in most of the country, as opponents rallied in the nation's capital before the first in a series of public hearings on the plan.
Fewer people are applying to hunt wolves in Minnesota this fall and winter.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says about 13,000 people have applied for licenses to participate in this year's wolf hunting season, compared with more than 23,000 last year.
"Don't feed the wildlife!" is a message frequently trumpeted at campgrounds around Minnesota. It's usually meant to warn people not to feed deer, or bears. But this summer wildlife managers are expanding that message to wolves.
The Obama administration on Friday proposed lifting most of the remaining federal protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, a move that would end four decades of recovery efforts but has been criticized by some scientists as premature.
Two groups challenging Minnesota rules for a wolf hunting and trapping season were dealt another blow Tuesday when the Minnesota Court of Appeals dismissed a petition aimed at undoing the rules establishing a wolf hunt.
Federal wildlife officials have drafted plans to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, a move that could end a decades-long recovery effort that has restored the animals but only in parts of their historic range.
John Flesher and Matthew Brown
, April 26, 2013
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