Don't Allow Minnesota's Wolves to Be Hunted and Trapped for Sport
Following the recent removal of Great Lakes wolves' Endangered Species Act protection, responsibility for their well-being is in the hands of state managers. Dead set on using this authority to kill wolves, livestock producers and other special interests in Minnesota are pushing legislation to authorize sport hunting and trapping of wolves.
If this language is signed into law, sport hunting and trapping of wolves will begin this fall. Across the state, these intelligent and beautiful creatures will suffer and die in cruel snares and traps.
Sport hunting and trapping will not reduce conflicts between wolves and domestic animals. In fact, hunting and trapping may actually make these problems worse by disrupting pack dynamics and creating more lone, dispersing wolves that are more apt to target livestock or pets out of desperation.
There are tested, nonlethal options to safeguard livestock from wolves, including guard dogs, flagging and predator-proof fences. But now that wolves are under state management, people across the state can legally kill wolves to protect domestic animals.
Until state managers gauge whether the wolf population can cope with the killings that are already occurring under state management, it is too early to move forward with sport hunting and trapping.
Help us continue to defend wolves in the Great Lakes region by telling Gov. Mark Dayton and your state senator that it is too soon to allow sport hunting and trapping.
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