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Support the Ban

Protecting wolves is important. Work to undo the damage done and set things straight.

Support The Ban Well, it's not exactly a ban. It is a 5 year Moratorium on recreational wolf hunting and trapping. Senator Chris Eaton of Brooklyn Center has authored a bill to reinstate the five year wait. According to Ed Boggess of the Minnesota DNR, they did not do an actual count prior to the hunt. He said it would have been a better option however they plan to do a wolf count now. Mr. Boggess didn't feel the wolf hunt threatened the population. The DNR's management of the deer population was used as an example of their excellent management skills. Absolutely no mention was made regarding the Moose population. In this case, the Moose population has and is falling at a rapid rate. Now the DNR decides to cancel the Moose hunt. Why wasn't this done sooner? Why did they wait for the population to hit a fragile state before cancelling the hunt?

The Moratorium would not stop farmers and ranchers from killing wolves that threaten their livestock. That is separate all together. We are talking recreational hunting and trapping.

Back to the bill. Once this bill is introduced, it will need to be heard by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. Please contact the following members and ask for their support.

Senate Environment and Energy Committee

Sen. John Marty (Chair) - Call 651-296-5645 or Send Email

Sen. John Hoffman (Vice Chair) - Call 651-296-4154 or Send Email

Sen. David Brown - Call 651-296-8075 or Send Email

Sen. Michelle Benson - Call 651-296-3219 or Send Email

Sen. Scott Dibble - Call 651-296-4191 or Send Email

Sen. Chris Eaton - Call 651-296-8869 or Send Email

Sen. Foung Hawj - Call 651-296-5285 or Send Email

Sen. Lyle Koenen - Call 651-296-5094 or Send Email

Sen. David Osmek - Call 651-296-1282 or Send Email

Sen. Julie Rosen - Call 651-296-5713 or Send Email

Sen. Bev Scalze - Call 651-296-5537 or Send Email

Sen. Matt Schmit - Call 651-296-4264 or Send Email

Sen. Katie Sieben - Call 651-297-8060 or Send Email

Sen. Bill Weber - Call 651-296-5650 or Send Email

Please thank Sen. Chris Eaton and the co-authors of this bill (listed below) for their leadership on this issue and encourage them to advocate for the passage of this bill into law.

Sen. David Hann - Call 651-296-1749 or Send Email

Sen. David Senjem - Call 651-296-3903 or Send Email

Sen. Terri Bonoff - Call 651-296-4314 or Send Email

Sen. Sandra Pappas - Call 651-296-1802 or Send Email

Currently, there is no companion bill in the House of Representatives. Contact your Representatives and ask them to author/co-author a House version. A companion bill is necessary. Your Representatives need your encouragement and support. Also, contact your district Senators. Let them know this issue matters. Ask them to support this bill.

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Jim Flaherty March 02, 2013 at 02:36 AM
Shawn you have a little math problem. First 23,500 people applied for licenses and each paid $4.14 for $97,290.00 Of the 3600 early season licenses all were sold and paid for, 2986 before the cutoff date and the remaining 614 in 3 ½ minutes when the licenses were made available to people that had applied but did not get drawn for a total of $108,000.00 All of the second season licenses were sold and that is $72,000.00 So just for licenses the state received $277,290.00 and since there were quite a few out of state hunters the number was higher. In most cases you would find the on average each hunter spent another $1,000.00 for food, lodging, gas and so on. There is another $6,000,000.00 so the state brought in around $6,277,290.00 for the 399 wolfs that was taken. The state did quite well at an average of $15,732.56 per wolf. That is what I mean by the wolf has value and local people will protect that kind of value.
Jim Flaherty March 02, 2013 at 02:47 AM
I don’t think you understand that wolfs live in the forest and crops don’t grow in the forest. In Kenya if a farmer kills a wild animal he will go to jail or be shot. Wolfs have a very nice fur coat and it is quite valuable. All bets are off on the elections.
Shawn Aune March 02, 2013 at 07:33 AM
I would call it a data sourcing issue instead of a math issue but I get your point. Now, $1,000 per hunter sounds a little steep but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. However, I'm not so sure you can lump $6 million of spending in with $277,290.00 of license fees because not all of the $6 million went to the State's coffers. At best you can include the 6.875% sales tax on that 6 million which comes to $412,500. So the state raked in about $689,790. That brings it down to $1,728 per wolf. That is still pretty good. So it looks like you've proven that lots of people around here (about 23,000) want to put a bullet into a wolf for some reason. And you've proven that the scheme was lucrative for the state. That's all great until you consider the fact that the wolf population isn't even approaching a size that is unacceptable. And as I pointed out in a comment above, the wolves are probably worth far more alive than dead given how much crop damage they likely prevent by thinning the deer population.
Shawn Aune March 02, 2013 at 07:46 AM
Seriously I don't know why a hunt is necessary. If there are areas where wolves are attacking animals the owners of the animals have the right to shoot those wolves. They also have the right to hire an armed person to guard the farm if they wanted. In fact, I bet a farm that was being hounded by wolves could pull in a bit of money. If people are that eager to shoot a wolf then farms plagued by wolves could recoup some of their losses by letting hunters pay to guard the farm for a night. Ranchers in Texas make arrangements like this regularly but usually to take care of wild pigs.
Shawn Aune March 02, 2013 at 07:59 AM
"I don’t think you understand that wolfs live in the forest and crops don’t grow in the forest." Deer live in the forest too. Wolves eat the deer in the forest and then the deer don't roam into farms to eat the crops.

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