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Forum News Service, Published March 11 2013

Minnesota poll finds support to delay next wolf hunt

DULUTH, Minn. - A majority of Minnesotans surveyed last month favor a five-year delay before the state holds another wolf hunting and trapping season, according to a poll conducted for a pro-wolf group.

The group Howling for Wolves on Monday released results of a statewide survey of 600 registered voters that also found two-thirds of those polled say there is no reason for a hunt if landowners and others already have the right to kill wolves attacking livestock, pets or people.

Of the people surveyed, 25 percent said a wolf hunt is necessary.

The poll was conducted by Washington, D.C.-based Lake Research Partners from Feb. 28 to March 4 and comes as the Minnesota Legislature considers a bill to delay the next sport hunting and trapping season for wolves by at least five years. A state Senate committee hearing on the five-year delay is set for Thursday at the Capitol.

The poll is said to have a margin of error of 4 percent.

The survey also found that 66 percent oppose the use of traps, snares and bait to hunt and trap wolves in Minnesota, with 29 percent favoring trapping of wolves.