Office of the Minnesota Governor: STOP WOLF HUNTING & TRAPPING IN MN

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO/AP) — The state’s first wolf hunt gets underway Saturday, and the protests are continuing to the very last day.

Wolves came off the state’s endangered list last January. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the hunt is needed for the preservation of the wolf population, which it says can double in a year.

It set a quota of 400 wolves, which includes an “early hunting season” starting Saturday.

Protesters who are adamantly against the first wolf hunt gathered at Minnesota DNR Friday morning to voice their displeasure about the upcoming hunting season. About 50 to 75 people gathered outside DNR headquarters to make their voices heard.

“It’s very bad for our society when we have so many people who value wolves who’ve worked so hard to keep them from going extinct, to trap them brutally, kill them and to have fun doing it, doing it for sport,” said Maureen Hackett with Howling for Wolves.

The group Howling for Wolves chose the area near DNR headquarters to let the public know how the hunt will have harmful effects on the state’s wolf population. Some protesters held signs of bloodied wolves in traps, others wore masks and others are calling the hunt torture and a slaughter.

Hackett said the hunt isn’t only cruel, but it’s hurtful to Native American tribes who see the wolf as a sacred animal.

DNR officials said they are committed to the survival of wolves species and said the hunt will not affect their efforts at preservation. A lawsuit aiming to stop the wolf hunt is currently stuck in the Minnesota Court of Appeals and likely won’t be addressed until sometime next year.

Dan Stark a wolf specialist with the Department of Natural Resources, says he expects hunters will take about 70 wolves in the early season.

Wisconsin hunters and trappers have taken more than 40 wolves since their season opened Oct. 15.

Wolf hunting opponents lost when they went to court to try to block Minnesota’s season. Howling for Wolves plans to protest outside DNR headquarters in St. Paul Friday and at Lake Superior Plaza West in Duluth Saturday.

Video Protest: Stop The Wolf Hunt

Responses to "Minnesota Wolf Season Opens Saturday (Video-Petition)"

  1. Màiri Campbell says:

    This type of thing needs to be stopped! There is no reason at all to have this sort of killing spree. It's atrocious to say the least.

  2. Unknown says:

    this needs to stop..... there's no reason for it

  3. Anonymous says:



  5. Anonymous says:

    Try to put yourself in the wolves place. Your homeland being taken, your family being hunted, food becoming scares. Would you like to be trapped, or shot, I doubt you would. Show some compassion and stop acting like animals. Leave the wolves alone. If need be relocate them but stop this slaughter.

  6. Anonymous says:

    SPORT??? Disgusting.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I am so disgusted my this. PLEASE STOP THIS!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Makes me sick.

  9. Absolutely disgusting!!!

  10. Lucien says:

    I have NOTHING but contempt for these devils and could quite easily machine gun the lot of them .... These devil macho fucks with guns, DO NOT DESERVE to be on this planet and should ALL be EXTERMINATED

  11. Cathie says:

    It is one thing to shoot an animal in the heart so it will not suffer. It is quite another thing when you painfully trap it so it suffers tremendously. Trapping should be outlawed. Humans make me sick!

  12. Anonymous says:

    I am native american and this is just sad and discusting to me!! These are sacred animals who have EVERY DAMN RIGHT TO LIVE AND BE FREE as we do!! This damn right pisses me off beyound any point!! STOP THE KILLING AND TRAPPING NOW!! If I had it my way I would hunt down every mother f-er that is killing,trapping, and torturing these beautiful animals and torture and kill those mother f-ers my self!!

  13. Trish says:


  14. Anonymous says:

    Signed the petition. Please let sensibilty prevail and save our wolves. I'm 100% behind you. There is a trial in Scotland being proposed to reintroduce the wolf. Guess what - everyone is up in arms over it. Ignorance is one of the worst human traits. let's hope that people wise up and soon!

  15. Black Wolf says:

    Humanity at its finest. /sarcasm

    I feared this would happen when they were delisted. Its all about money, control and power.

    They do not care if these wolves are not a threat. They signify freedom. And that illusion we live under in his hypocritical country makes me ill.

    Who hunts the hunters?

  16. Marilyn says:

    Marilyn says:

    This is so wrong! Why does man think he has to kill all of God's creations? We fought so hard to bring this beautiful creature back from extinction only to have them slaughtered now?! This is so shameful.

  17. JuliaV says:

    Thank Democrat senator Jon Tester, from Montana, for adding the rider onto the budget bill to de-list wolves.

  18. CARRIE-ANNE says:


  19. kevin muniz says:

    Can't you even leave the animals alone? STOP ALREADY!

  20. Anonymous says:

    I agree with what black wolf said. How would the hunters feel if the paw was on the other foot an they was hunted just for money . how would they feel if there family was hunted just for money. Animals are teachers on this earth why can't people take time an understand this .Hey hunters they have family too!!!!!! Wanishi (TY)

  21. Kirin Lee says:

    This is so wrong. These animals were put here by the creator to live free, not be destroyed by human hatred and selfishness. We are all connected, what hurts one hurts all. Put a stop to this now! It's murder plain an simple.

  22. Sandra Ballantyne says:

    The wolf should be considered sacred as it is to the American Indians, they deserve to roam on this earth as much as we do. Why cant humans have more respect for these beautiful creatures, for the people who hunt & trap & torture these animals need to be locked up & tortured themselves until they learn how to respect God's creatures.

  23. Anonymous says:

    it' a shame
    hope you'll succeed in stopping the hunting
    best regards
    from france

  24. Anonymous says:


    ‎"On peut juger de la grandeur d'une nation par la façon dont les animaux y sont traités". - Gandhi.

  25. Hunt the hunters.

  26. Anonymous says:

    As A Conservative Christian Patriot ( Real American ) I Am Disturbed By The Evil & Satanic Practice Of Wolf Trapping & Hunting. Real Men Don't Do This. People Who Do This Have No Soul & Can Not Be Trusted, May They Rot In Hell....

  27. Anonymous says:

    stop wolfhunting everywhere ,they have just a much rights to be here,its the people that are mother nature 's mistake

  28. Killing a beautiful, wise creature like the wolf is a sign of humans ignorence and stupidity.....

  29. Anonymous says:

    wolf hunts are pervers

  30. Pale Moon says:

    ing just for a pelt...any pelt on any creature is wrong. Wolves are NEEDED. They are a vital part of the ecology of this land. As it has been proven time and time again. So don't let your greed or your lust for a pelt sway you into killing such a majestic animal. You can learn a lot from wolf behaviors and habits.

  31. Anonymous says:

    This is NOT sport,it is murder.ANY "sport" that involves the hunting and killing of animals should be banned for ever.NO-ONE who calls themselves a humane being has any right to take life for "fun".If you need to feed yourself or your family is the only reason to hunt,just like they do.Do not bring shame on yourselves and the human race by persisting in this sick practice.

  32. kadi spicer says:

    No one has the right to go round murdering the beautiful, sacred Wolves (or any other animal) in the name of sport, or fun. Those that do it should be treated the same way, see how they like being chased, shot at, trapped etc. They would be petrified, may they one day know that fear, & as i've said before, i hope they enjoy being in hell.

  33. Anonymous says:

    please stop wolf hunting and trapping. no one has the right to hunt down or trap these beautiful animals, they are a gift from god!

  34. S. Swindoll says:

    We have become a society that takes joy in killing..To hunt because your hungry is one thing to kill just for sport is another...this is for sport, not necesssity. We have fallen as a people in our need to just "kill". STOP the wolf hunts!!!

  35. Anonymous says:

    This is one step backward for man one giant step backward for mankind

  36. Sandy says:

    First time in 64 years that I have been ashamed to live in Minnesota. I love the wolf, their howl, their beauty and it sickens me to see what Minnesota and other states have allowed to happen to this awesome creature of God. STOP THIS SPORT, IT ISN'T A HUNT...HUNT IS WHEN YOU ARE HUNTING FOR FOOD. This is no different than the big game hunters that go out for trophies and are killing of other species. Humans have become the lowest of all. TO THE WOLF: RUN FAST AND HIDE UNTIL THIS IS OVER AND BEWARE OF THE METAL ON THE GROUND.

  37. Dave Reed says:

    To kill such a beautiful , intelligent and much needed creature is a sin !

  38. Catherine Keohane-Johnson says:

    Disgusted at Minnesota being so stupid and ignorant regarding these magnificent animals. The killing of these animals must stop, but then if man is so set on war is there any hope at all for animals like wolves? Human beings are the stupidest and most ignorant animal on earth.

  39. Anonymous says:

    I'm from England and it breaks my heart to see what's happening. My one dream was to see wolves in the wild but I fear this may never happen. As a spiritualist I know that when the people responsible for killing these beautiful creatures have passed over they will have to face the wolves and see their pain and sadness. And people say that wolves are one of the most dangerous animals on the planet....yes they are if they are fighting for their lives, otherwise they stay away from humans for fear of being killed. I am ashamed to be a human being sometimes and I honestly think that hunters won't be happy until wolves are extinct. God Bless them all...Miss Rae Boxley, England

  40. Scott Richardson says:

    Wolves should never be hunted. They are just another innocent being in a country that has taken and not given back. Perhaps we should have a hunt where the hunters become the hunted for their skins. The Native Americans were right, the white man has no clue how to respect the land or anything else. It is time we start respecting the wild and all of the gifts that we were given by the Creator. Let's start with these wolves!!!

  41. Anonymous says:

    je suis contre toute forme de violence animal et humaine

  42. Unknown says:

    The Wolves of Minnesota comprise one of the largest free poplations, but they still need protection. There is no need for this culling.

  43. Anonymous says:

    Il serait grand temps que toutes les crapules de tueurs au petit cerveau arrête de torturer, tuer, blesser, les loups. Ceux-ci sont tout à fait bénéfique pour la régulation sur notre écosystème. Les tueurs de loups sont des assasins, ils seraient même capable de tuer leurs enfants et familles!

  44. Anonymous says:

    Wolves, like every other wild animal left, are being made to suffer for the ignorance and convenience of mankind. Instead of using our intellect and resources to come up with win-win solutions to what a few perceive as a threat, killing by any means is just easier, isn't it? And it creates such fun opportunities for soul-less miscreants who consider causing death for other species a good time. Stop this hideous practice now...please.

  45. Unknown says:

    Do they realize that by killing 400, they are in all likely hood actually killing 600 or more? Wolves mate for life. And there have been many times when a wolf mate dies, the other is so depressed and distraught, that it stops hunting. It wont eat, drink, and stays back from the pack, eventually succumbing to death from heartache. They will be back on the endangered list simply because of broken hearts.

  46. Anonymous says:

    6% of the population has the control over the DNR and what they do? What about the rest of the country that opposes this hunt, torture. It is a heinous crime against the wolf and wildlife. I will never visit this state because this stupidity. This will cost the state of a lot of revenue that could help with other programs and it's population. GET THE POINT loss of MILLIONS of TOURIST REVENUE. I also won't buy anything made in this state. They need protection! The hunters are only doing it for Trophies not to provide for their families

  47. Anonymous says:

    All this hunting of wild animals has to STOP! What did they ever do to YOU? Just because something happened in the past does NOT mean you need to continue all this nonsense! Wolves are more afraid of people than we are of them, which is what a previous comment mentioned. They protect their pack aka their family, their territory the same way any other animal does. They mean NO harm whatsoever to the community. Wolves are beautiful animals, and are sacred to not only Native Americans but other cultures as well. I myself have Native American blood in me, and wolves are one of my favorite animals. We all know the stories of the wolf being the protector watching over us. They dont do anything unless something wrong is done to them and they feel threatened. We as human beings do the same thing. We ourselves are animals in our own way. Stopping harming innocent animals and worry about getting rid of people like rapists and child molesters. They are the ones who should be hunted, NOT animals!

  48. Anonymous says:

    Also, I dont mean hunted as KILLING them. I meant putting them behind bars for life!

  49. Anonymous says:

    Wolves are living beings just like you and me. I live in an area where hunting is a big sport. I grew up seeing deer gutted and hanging from trees and if that's not cruel than I don't know what is. Wolves are one of my favorite animals. I understand that most of the time there is hunting in an area of a certain animal it is usually because they are over-populating and hunting keeps the population and diseases down. I'm sure wolves are being killed for the same reasons and/or they scare people because they are known to attack humans. Now this is what I don't understand... I've actually met people in my area who have pet wolves... just like a dog only bigger! And when I see that wolves are being killed for sport, that sickens me.
    People need to realize that wolves are not a rumor to kill like pit-bulls are. Wolves are wild... They will kill.. They do it for food. That does not mean that they're gonna kill of the whole human population. So why should we kill them off? This whole petition is to create peace between man and wolf! And I agree with it 100%. Stop the cruelty in this world ... Stop Killing Wolves.

  50. Anonymous says:


  51. Anonymous says:


  52. Anonymous says:

    May the Great Spirit cause great pain to all who would harm these beautiful creatures!

  53. Sharry says:

    Sign me up for the petition! There is no reason to be going out and killing wolves. It is one thing if you kill in self defense or kill for food, but this is just wrong!

  54. Anonymous says:

    Stop all this madness!!!
    stop killing the wolves!!!

  55. Wolves are beautiful creatures! God put us and the wolves here on this earth to live in harmony with each other <3 Stop killing them when they are just trying to live their lives the best they can. Its bad enough we kick them out of their own forests so we can chop down their trees and build our homes, but now are we really such an evil society that we must torture these amazing animals too? Its not right! What if the tables were turned and we were the ones being hunted and trapped like this? watch as our familys and friends be murdered in cold blood for no reason? that would be one horrible life!
    Leave these beautiful wolves in peace!

  56. Unknown says:

    Stop the Grazing Permits, No more letting the farmers and ranchers getting away with letting them graze their livestock on national and federal lands, Keep them on their own property! They are killing Wild Horses, burrows, Wolves, Beavers, Different species of birds, Ruining prairie grasses , not to mention the methane gas run off in trout stream and then the depredation cost for any injuries that are being blamed on the carnivores that are supposed to be in the wildlife refuges. No one wants to go to a wildlife refuge to see a longhorn cow. Or a Steer...NO ONE! Get them OFF NOW!

  57. Anonymous says:

    I think we need to look at it this way we will do anything to feed our children right? Well what if we didn't have hands only feet and teeth how would we feed our children. The same way as the wolves by hunting and killing the food. So do we need to hunt, trap, and kill ourselves?

  58. Anonymous says:

    Good Idea, so when do we vote in Human Hunting season. What would be the limit 4 0r maybe 2 could be too heavy ?? There does seems to be a abundance of human's. Not on any list or protected ?? This could cure the need for the herd to move into areas where Human's should not be, and cause harm. Maybe a study ?? They are very violent and kill one another for no reason. Should they allow traps and snares on Human's ?? Might be a little gamey ?? Hey we could force feed them fat to give them better appeal. Just saying if the shoe is on the other foot. Maybe we should rethink this hunting thing. Reverse thinking is healthy.

  59. Anonymous says:

    Wolves are spiritual creatures and should not be destroyed. They harm no one unless threatened just as people do.

  60. Lori says:

    This must be stopped. I know the wolf population needs to be regulated but this must be done in a more humane way. Trapping and making the wolves suffer is not right at all. This atrocity must be stopped.

  61. Anne says:

    Wolves are barely back from the brink of extinction. Leave them alone!! Trapping is particularly cruel.

  62. Anonymous says:

    Why does it always seem the loudest people are the most misinformed ones? I ask you and everyone else that opposes or supports this issue to ask the some of the people that have been affected by their growing population. Also ask the DNR. Then weigh the pros and cons of the situation and see which one makes more sense. There is never a perfect answer to the situation, but there is an answer that makes the most sense. Unless you inform yourself and be open minded this country will go down the drain more and more. For all you know the damage done by the wolves costs more to the state and the taxpayers than the tourism dollars brought in because of them. With Minnesota having the budget issues that it does this could be a major factor. There are some many possible reasons behind the state giving it’s citizens the option to hunt wolves that you must first do your research and become informed. I beg you all to do that before you make a misinformed and emotion filled claims. Think logically and with an open mind.

  63. Anonymous says:

    Try to imagine how they feel! If it was humans people would be sitting in prison please stop hunting the wolves they just started bringing them back in Wisconsin!

  64. Anonymous says:

    It is so sad that people think it is fine to hunt and kill these animals when they have every right to be there! We take all their land and then blame them when they are doing what they have always done...survive! STOP KILLING THEM!

  65. Anonymous says:

    Instead of trying to control the wolf population I say we should try to work on controlling the idiot population. The problem is simple, stop taking their land, that we fill up housing people that complain that they are there. Well, yes they were there first, we are the intruders forcing them to move then complaining cause they don't understand english and human ways. So the simple solution to the Idiots is to kill off yet another species that will not magically come back from the dead. Wolves are a very important part in keeping nature in balance and beautiful. Stop Killing the INNOCENT!

  66. Anonymous says:

    Stop it!!! Wolves are so important for the ecosystem!!!

  67. Ivan says:

    I agree this needs to stop, there is no real reason for it. Do not destroy life, help preserve it. What you did not and can not create you have no right to destroy.

  68. Anonymous says:

    if your going to trap and hunt,do it to some animal to put food on the table.this animals dont need to be killed,two of this wolfs live in my house with me ,they are great animals.take a walk in my shoes, then see if you want to kill them ????????????

  69. Anonymous says:

    Totally uncalled for to hunt and trap. Trapping animals is pure wicked, may karma visit you 10 fold !

  70. Lanka says:

    WHen are those humans who think everything belong to them will realise it's not going to last much longer ? Those animals have the same rights to live and enjoy this beautiul planet as us.We are not better then those animals, infact we are not humans we ARE ANIMALS ASWELL. We take everything away from wild life their life, distroy their families, entire and distroy their homes and everything just for the GREED and PLEASURE and they still love us and want to trust iff we only show a little bit of respect to them.

  71. Please stop the massacre of the wolves in the US. I as a Canadian am disgusted by the allowed free for all killing of such a wonderful animal.

  72. Anonymous says:

    Please stop the massacre of wolves in the US. It is a short sighted solution to the problem of human overpopulation. There are solutions that are helpful to people,wolves and the earth.

  73. Anonymous says:

    Please let these beautiful animals have their land back to roam where they can in the wilderness areas ,taking their place in the vital web of life ! Please do not take their lives ,their skins .... let them fullfil their purpose in the creators planet ! We belong to the Earth ,do not presume to take what is not yours to take away ! Mitakuye Oyasin !

  74. Kim Morton says:

    Stop this brutal bloody uncivilized torture of our wolves & wildlife for God's sake be a human with a Soul !!!! Stop the Hunts !!!!

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