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  • Petitioned Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton

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Office of the Minnesota Governor
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton

STOP WOLF HUNTING & TRAPPING IN MN

    1. Kat Soland
    2. Petition by

      Kat Soland

      Minneapolis, MN

Many Minnesotans do not want the wolves killed randomly by hunting and trapping especially within one year of their federal delisting. We have an opportunity for our state to show that we keep our agreements: the original wolf management plan with its five year waiting period before a wolf hunt would be proposed.

There are many reasons to stop the wolf hunt. The only reason given in testimony for the hunt was "for the pelts." A hunt will not help livestock depredation and may even make it worse.

Wolves are Minnesota's natural resource as a keystone species and they are part of our state identity. Wolves are very much revered by American Indians within our state and we can honor this spiritual belief.

Minnesota wilderness is unique because we have a healthy wolf population that keeps our forest healthy. As Minnesotans, we know that it's possible to both help our farmers and have a healthy wolf population. Let's be a great example to the rest of the country and show that our wolves will never go back on the Endangered Species List. Please veto the MN wolf hunting and trapping season.

Wolves control their own numbers. Due to a number of causes -- disease, starvation, and poaching -- wolves have a high mortality rate, and over a ten year span from 1998 to 2007, their numbers and territories remained static. Wolves do not need man to control their numbers except when they cause problems.

Reasons in addtion to those stated in our letter to not hunt wolves:

- MN wolves have not been counted since 2007. Their number was estimated at 2921 with lower average pack sizes of less than 5 wolves.

- Wolves are good for keeping Chronic Wasting Disease out of deer populations, and aid in controlling pest and small predator populations (rodents, deer, and coyotes) that affect farmers.

- Wolves help keep our streams and forests healthy, and help balance our state's ecosystem by keeping foraging populations low. This allows trees to grow to maturity and helps maintain healthy habitats for our state's birds and fish.

- Wolves have notable economic benefits with regards to tourism. Wilderness enthusiasts and eco-tourists outnumber hunters by 4:1 and bring in more money to the state.

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    • Hope LaFave PORTLAND, OR
      • almost 2 years ago

      These animals are majestic, and important to our eco system, as are ALL of the animals on Earth!! They are here for a reason! Fools who don't like their actions/understand their purpose or BEAUTY are the ones who are the problem.

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    • Elizabeth Blyth MINNETONKA, MN
      • almost 2 years ago

      Wolves are important to keep MN wildlife healthy, if humans cannot adapt around them then we are not deserving as a species.

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    • Susan Hedin STILLWATER, MN
      • almost 2 years ago

      All species are important for the balance of life on this planet. We need to have respect for all life and live responsibly. Random hunting disrupts wolf families and causes damage that is likely not yet known. Please - this hunting of a species that was so close to being endangered seems callous and careless.

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    • Krishna N SAINT PAUL, MN
      • almost 2 years ago

      Wolves are an essential part of the natural ecosystem. They pose no harm to humans. The wolf hunt serves no purpose.

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    • Megan Connelly-Accardi ROSELLE PARK, NJ
      • almost 2 years ago

      We have to stop thinking that we are the only creatures that matter and that the world is just one huge depletable resource for us to abuse.

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