No wolf hunt in Minnesota this year | state

The wolf hunt will not take place in Minnesota this year. Officials say they need at least until next spring to complete a management plan.

Officials from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said at a July 7 meeting of the 20-member Wolf Plan Advisory Committee (WPAC) that there would be no decision on whether to hold a hunt. wolf this year.

Members of the advisory committee represent a wide range of interests, including hunting and trapping, wolf advocacy, agriculture, environmental protection, and local governments.

“We reiterated to WPAC that there will be no decision on a wolf season until the Wolf Plan update is complete,” said Dan Stark, MNR wolf management specialist. “We expect the Wolf Plan process to be completed in early 2022.”

In a statement, MNR said the review of the wolf management plan will take longer than expected, until March 2022. Work to update the 20-year-old plan began in 2019.

“We will use our updated plan to determine if and how to use various management tools to ensure a healthy and sustainable wolf population is maintained in Minnesota. Consideration of whether to organize hunting or trapping seasons will be guided by the updated plan, ”the statement said.

When federal wolf protections were removed in 2011, the state moved quickly to allow wolf hunting in 2012, 2013 and 2014, despite a plan that called for a five-year study. A federal judge restored protection for wolves under the Endangered Species Act in late 2014.

Federal protections for gray wolves ended at the end of 2020, just days before the November 3 election.

Deer hunters and herders strongly support a wolf hunting season to control the population of top predators. Environmental groups oppose any hunting or trapping season, as do the Ojibwe nations of Minnesota, who consider wolves sacred.

Gov. Tim Walz has previously said he opposes a wolf hunting season in the state.

Center for Biological Diversity Carnivore Conservation Director Collette Adkins leads carnivore conservation at the Center for Biological Diversity, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona. She is a member of the Wolf Plan Advisory Committee.

“What a huge relief that the Minnesota DNR is committing to give this process more thought,” Adkins said. “Make sure the public is involved enough, taking the time to have meaningful consultation with the tribes. This is a big deal. “

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