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Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, Alexandria, Minn., Published March 19 2013

Letter: Claim about wolf hunting is false

A recent Star Tribune article, “Minnesota Senate panel passes wolf hunt moratorium 7-6,” includes a statement from a Sierra Club lobbyist that is blatantly false. The provision to allow a Minnesota wolf hunt went through our standard legislative process, had ample discussion and everyone was allowed to testify. As the author of the bill two years ago and former chairman of the Senate’s Environment Committee, I know this to be true.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wolf management plan says a minimum population of 1,600 wolves is needed to ensure their long-term survival. The Department of Natural Resources and Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration agreed the state should have a wolf hunt because there were twice as many wolves than needed to ensure their survival. Senate leadership should continue this wolf hunt, not work to eliminate it.

I will continue to support a wolf hunting and trapping season.