Reader's view: Facts prove Minnesota wolf hunt is wrong
Many Minnesotans may know that the gray wolf recently was taken off of the endangered species list. As a result, we’ve unfortunately already had two wolf hunting and trapping seasons. People also may have heard about the Isle Royale wolf recently found dead after being shot with a pellet gun.
But many Minnesotans may not know that people still frequently kill wolves, no matter the season. Human-caused deaths are not tracked or studied by the Department of Natural Resources. Deaths like these have caused many species of wolves to go completely extinct, gone forever from the Earth.
Minnesota’s gray wolf was on the endangered species list for many years. Even though the gray wolf went extinct in the rest of the continental United States, our gray wolf was still here. I’m glad our wolves made a comeback, but our overall understanding of wolves in Minnesota is slim at best.
Instead of taking their time and doing even a baseline survey when the wolf lost federal protection, our DNR rushed through two wolf hunting and trapping seasons. Surveys have since shown that the vast majority of Minnesotans oppose wolf hunting and trapping and want the seasons canceled indefinitely.
I’m writing to urge our elected officials and my community to learn more about the facts and the issues of the wolf hunt. It’s unnecessary. It’s unpopular. It’s wrong. And it should be stopped.