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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