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Mark Sanderson, Sabin, Minn., Published March 12 2014

Letter: Stop wolf hunt in Minnesota

There is a common misconception about the wolf hunt in Minnesota.

A few years back, when the wolf came off the endangered species list, the state of Minnesota authorized the DNR to institute a hunt. The DNR’s proposal was a five-year hold after federal delisting. Understandably, the hunt was created under the guise of population control when in reality the fact is, it has become more of a recreational killing that has exceeded target levels established by the DNR.

Knowing that wolves are pack animals, the indiscriminate killing creates unstable packs with unpredictable results. I realize some farmers and livestock owners have issues with wolves, however to date, there is no scientific evidence that hunting wolves decreases wolf predations on livestock.

I call on my fellow Minnesotans and their state representatives to stop the hunt and take the time to understand this issue so it can be carefully and scientifically re-evaluated to determine its real purpose and consequences. Minnesota wolves have made a magnificent struggle for a comeback and deserve this from us.