Exposing the Big Game

We interrupt our regularly scheduled rant against hunters, trappers and wolf-haters to bring you some good news for Michigan wolves–just in time for Easter Sunday…

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from Keep Michigan Wolves Protected:

253,705 Signatures Submitted to Place Wolf Hunting Referendum on 2014 Ballot

More than 2,000 Michigan volunteers rallied to gather signatures in 67-day period

LANSING, Mich. – Keep Michigan Wolves Protected submitted 253,705 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office, that, when certified, will place any plans for a wolf hunting season on hold until Michigan voters decide the issue at the ballot box in November 2014. During a short 67-day period, the coalition far surpassed the 161,305 valid signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.

“The public response over the past few months has been tremendous, and it demonstrates that Michigan voters in every corner of the state oppose the pointless trophy hunting of wolves,” said Jill Fritz, director of…

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Happy Easter and Passover – Remember The Wolves…

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Environmentalists Aren’t Taking Proposed “Blanket Wolf Delisting” Lying Down….

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Alpha Male Delta Pack (Watch Cold Warriors, Nature Channel)

March 27, 2013

If the wolf haters think advocates are looking the other way while they systematically dismantle wolf recovery across the US, they better think twice. As I stated in my previous post the anti-wolf brigade is going in for the kill, they want wolves delisted across the lower 48, which would effectively stop wolf recovery in its tracks. Wolves already face daunting odds dispersing outside the “kill zone” of the hostile wolf states. Even with federal protection they usually end up dead, shot by hunters who almost always claim ” I thought it was a coyote” excuse.

Wolf killed in Kansas first in more than a century

Male wolf killed by coyote hunters

Posted: February 2, 2013 – 6:32pm

http://cjonline.com/news/2013-02-02/wolf-killed-kansas-first-more-century

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Wolf Confirmed Killed in Mid-MO

Wolf Killed in Missouri

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Mar 20, 2013 8:14 PM

A bow hunter killed the animal near the Franklin Island Conservation Area last year. On Wednesday, the state’s Conservation Department confirmed it was a wolf and not a coyote.

http://www.abc17news.com/news.php?id=9349

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 The same fate was shared by the amazing little Mill Creek Pack wolf, 314f. who traveled 1000 miles from her home in Montana,  to a lonely hillside in Colorado, aptly called  “No Name Ridge”, where her bones were found. Two years later it was announced she was poisoned by the deadly compound 1080, one of the horrific poisons Wildlife Services uses in its arsenal to kill our wildlife.

The Amazing Journey and Sad End of Wolf 314F

May 31, 2012

https://howlingforjustice.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/the-amazing-journey-and-sad-end-of-wolf-314f-2/

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Can you imagine the carnage if wolves were systematically delisted across the lower 48? They can’t catch a break now,  when they’re  federally protected.  The USFWS has no reason to take this action against wolves. Wolf recovery is not even close to being accomplished and in fact it’s going in reverse due to USFWS removing their federal protections and turning them over to hostile state management. The pressure to delist is coming from the rabid wolf haters, who believe “the only good wolf is a dead wolf”. Where is the science in that USFWS? I won’t hold my breath waiting for an answer.

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Environmentalists band together to defend gray wolves

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife report last year proposed dropping wolves from the endangered list in most areas where they’re known not to live, triggering an outcry.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Western environmental groups say they’re alarmed that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering a plan to end federal protections for gray wolves in vast areas where the animals no longer exist.

The groups say ending federal protections would keep wolves from expanding their range back into states that could support them, including Colorado and California.

“As a matter of principle, I just think it’s wrong,” said Jay Tutchton, a Colorado lawyer with the group WildEarth Guardians.

Tutchton’s group has sued over recent action to end federal protections for wolves in Wyoming. Wolves in most of the “Cowboy State” are classified as unprotected predators and scores have been killed since federal protections ended last fall.

“The Endangered Species Act was designed to protect species, including in places where they no longer reside,” Tutchton said. “You were supposed to try to recover them, not throw in the towel.”

The Fish and Wildlife Service could announce as soon as this spring whether it will propose a blanket delisting of wolves in most of the lower 48 states. Wolves in the Northern Rockies and around the Great Lakes, where reintroduced populations are well-established, are already off the Endangered Species List.

Read More

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/26/western-environmentalists-gray-wolf-delisting/2023379/

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URGENT!! TAKE ACTION: Frenzy To Delist Wolves Across Lower Forty Eight Intensifies….

https://howlingforjustice.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/urgent-take-action-frenzy-to-delist-wolves-across-lower-forty-eight-intensifies/

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Tags: USFWS, push to delist nationwide, protect wolves, brutal state management, environmentalists fight back

URGENT!! TAKE ACTION: Frenzy To Delist Wolves Across Lower Forty Eight Intensifies….

The BORG are coming for wolves. The Hive Collective is mobilizing its wolf hating troops to pressure the USFWS to delist wolves across the US. The take-over of America’s wolves is being led by the usual suspects: Sen. Orin Hatch (R-UT), Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Sen. John Barasso (R-WY).  A letter sent to Dan Ashe, USFWS Director, on March 22, 2013, implored him to remove wolves from the Endangered Species List ACROSS THE LOWER 48. 72 members of Congress signed off on it, mainly House Republicans with a smattering of Senate Republicans and a few Democrats thrown in.

Wolves reside in just nine states: Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and sometimes California (with OR7 drifting in and out) and have been harassed, tortured, brutalized and hunted in the last four years, since the Spring of 2009 when our newly elected President Obama and his rancher Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar,  stripped wolves in the Northern Rockies and now the Great Lakes of their Endangered Species Protections.

The reason for this increasingly brutal war against wolves is simple, they want wolf recovery stopped dead in its tracks, quite literally. They want wolves gone forever and are pulling out all the stops to get the job done.  It’s wolf extermination all over again!

Big Game Forever is working non-stop lobbying for this result.

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CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE  ORIGINAL LETTER AND SIGNATURES

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March 22, 2013

The Honorable Dan Ashe
Director
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240
 
Dear Director Ashe:
 
We understand the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is in the process of reviewing the Endangered Species Act (ESA) recovery status of the gray wolf in the lower 48 States and is preparing to announce the delisting of the species. We support the nationwide delisting of wolves and urge you to move as quickly as possible on making this a reality. We were supportive of the USFWS decision in 2009 when most wolves were delisted in the Northern Rocky Mountains, again in 2011 when wolves in the Great Lake States were delisted, and the 2012 delisting in Wyoming.  It is unfortunate that these decisions were met with lawsuits from environmental activists.
 
Wolves are not an endangered species and do not merit federal protections.  The full delisting of the species and the return of the management of wolf populations to State governments is long overdue. As you know, State governments are fully qualified to responsibly manage wolf populations and are able to meet both the needs of local communities and wildlife populations.
 
Unmanaged wolves are devastating to livestock and indigenous wildlife. Currently State wildlife officials have their hands tied any time wolves are involved. They need to be able to respond to the needs of their native wildlife without being burdened by the impediments of the federal bureaucracy created by the ESA. During the four decades that wolves have had ESA protections, there has been an uncontrolled and unmanaged growth of wolf populations resulting in devastating impacts on hunting and ranching in America as well as tragic damages to historically strong and healthy herds of moose, elk, big horn sheep, and mule deer.
 
As you consider these much needed changes to federal protections with regard to the gray wolf, we urge you to expand the delisting of the species to all of the lower 48 states.  It is critical that the states be given the ability to properly manage all of the species within their boundaries.
Sincerely,

Sen. Signers

Orin Hatch (R-UT)
John Barasso (R-WY)
John Cornyn (R-TX)Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Mike Enzi (R-WY)
Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
Dean Heller (R-NV)
Mike Lee (R-UT)
Joe Manchin (D-WV)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
James Risch (R-ID)
John Thune (R-ND)
David Vitter (R-LA)

House of Representative Signers:

Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)
Doc Hastings  (R-WA)
Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
Dan Benishek (R-MI)
Rob Bishop (R-UT)
Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Kevin Brady (R-TX)
Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)
Howard Coble (R-NC)
Tom Cole (R-OK)
Mike Conaway (R-TX)
Kevin Cramer (R-ND)
Steven Daines (R-MT)
Ron DeSantis (R-FL)
Jeff Duncan (R-SC)
Stephen Fincher (R-TN)
Bob Gibbs (R-OH)
Sam Graves (R-MO)
Bill Huizenga (R-MI)
Duncan Hunter (R-CA)
Bill Johnson (R-OH)
Steve King (R-IA)
John Kline (R-MN)
Doug Lamalfa (R-CA)
Bob Latta (R-OH)
Blayne Luetkemeyer (R-MO)
Kenny Marchant (R-TX)
Jim Matheson (D-UT
Patrick McHenry (R-NC),
Candice Miller (R-MI)
Jeff Miller (R-FL)
Mick Mulvaney (R-SC)
Randy Neugebauer (R-TX)
Kristi Noem (R-SD)
Alan Nunnelee (R-MS)
Steve Palazzo (R-MS)
Collin Peterson (D-MN
Mike Pompeo (R-KS)
Jim Renacci (R-OH)
Reid Ribble (R-WI)
Dennis Ross (R-FL)
Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Steve Scalise (R-LA)
David Schweikert (R-AZ)
Austin Scott (R-GA)
Pete Sessions (R-TX)
Terri Sewell (D-AL)
Adrian Smith (R-NE)
Steve Southerland (R-FL)
Chris Stewart (R-UT)
Steve Stivers (R-OH)
Steve Stockman (R-TX)
Marlin Stutzman (R-TX)
Glenn Thompson (R-PA)
Tim Walz (D-MN)
Randy Weber (R-TX)
Lynn Westmoreland (GA)
Rob Wittman (R-VA)
Don Young (R-AK)

Democrats are highlighted in red

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THE  DELISTING MUST BE STOPPED AT ALL COSTS!
This is where the rubber meets the road. Every wolf advocate who reads this blog, who follows Wolf Warriors and Howling For Justice, every animal rights blogger,  anyone and everyone who cares about wolves, please stand up now and be counted.  You must take action, this is happening very swiftly. Spread this post far and wide!!

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TAKE ACTION

From Center For Biological Diversity

Tell President Obama: Keep Wolves Protected

Wolves across the country need your help now. The Obama administration is poised to make a decision before the end of the year to lift Endangered Species Act protections for wolves across the United States, including the Pacific Northwest, southern Rocky Mountains, Northeast, and elsewhere — this could happen any day.

The Endangered Species Act has protected wolves in the lower 48 states since 1978. Recovery programs for wolves in the northern Rockies and Great Lakes have been a success, but the job of returning wolves to the American landscape is still far from complete.

In the past two years, federal protections for wolves have been removed in the northern Rocky Mountains and western Great Lakes, leaving management decisions to individual states. States in these regions have approved aggressive hunting and trapping seasons designed to drastically reduce recently recovered populations resulting in hundreds of wolves dying. State management programs are as gruesome as they are ineffectual.

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From WildEarth Guardians

Say “No” to More Wolf Killing Fields    

Dear Guardian,

In the next few months, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will propose to remove protections for gray wolves nationwideeven in places that are critical to their long-term survival, such as Colorado, California, New Mexico, and Utah.

Tell Congress that the Interior Department is dead wrong with their wolf policy. Tell them you want wolves! They need to remain fully protected because it will give the species a chance at recovery all across the American West—anything less is unacceptable.

If federal protections are removed, migrating wolves from Yellowstone to states like Colorado and California will face an arsenal of guns, poisons, and traps.

Departing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has promulgated the most regressive wolf policy in America since wolves’ restoration in the mid-1990s. Under Salazar the Interior Department has systematically removed federal protections wherever gray wolves exist, including the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes states.

Now Salazar wants to go one dangerous step further and remove protections for wolves in places where they’ve yet to be recovered, including Colorado, the most important biological link in WildEarth Guardians’ continental vision of having wolves living free from Canada to Mexico.

Let your Congressional representative know you don’t want to see further delisting of the gray wolf.

Except for a handful of brave, southern-migrating individuals, gray wolves have been absent from the Southern Rockies region since the 1940s. The Salazar proposal will remove the last hope of recovery and unleash the shotguns and sniper bullets on wolves all across the West.

We think Secretary Salazar’s proposal is illegal, unethical and out-of-touch.

Most citizens and westerners care about restoring wolves and understand the ecological benefits they create by their presence on the land.

Giving authority to states like Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico to manage wolves will be an unmitigated disaster. Just like Northern Rockies states, we know that state hunting agencies will wage jihad towards native carnivores, and their policies will be merciless to appease two user groups: the livestock industry and unethical sport-hunters.

It’s urgent that you call upon your Congressperson to stop this wolf-delisting shenanigan in the Southern Rockies and elsewhere across the West before it happens. Please write now.

CLICK HERE TO CONTACT CONGRESS

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DO NOT DELAY! POWERFUL FORCES ARE WORKING AGAINST WOLVES WHO WANT TO SEE THEM DESTROYED. THOUSANDS OF WOLVES HAVE BEEN KILLED SINCE THEIR DELISTING IN 2009. DON’T ALLOW HUNTING AND RANCHING INTERESTS, OR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS,  WHO PUSH THEIR AGENDA, TO DESTROY THE REMAINING WOLVES LEFT IN THE US. NOW IS THE TIME TO STAND UP FOR WOLVES. NO MORE EXCUSES, NO MORE COMPLAINING. LETS’ GET BUSY!!!!

Contact your Senator or Representative directly and tell them you want wolves protected!  The persecution of these helpless animals must stop! The hysteria has reached critical mass!  Wolves are being exploited for political gain by those who seek to curry favor with ranching and hunting interests. Speak out for wolves,  we are their voice!

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 Lawmakers want gray wolf off endangered list

By Megan R. Wilson – 03/25/13 12:00 PM ET
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Hatch, fellow senators petition to end gray wolves’ protected status

By Ben Lockhart
March 25th, 2013 @ 8:31pm
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Lawmakers Push To Take Gray Wolf Off Endangered Species List

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 03/25/2013 2:11 pm EDT  |  Updated: 03/25/2013 2:42 pm EDT

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/25/lawmakers-gray-wolf-endangered-species-list_n_2949975.html

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Resistance Is Not Futile

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Tags: War against wolves, Dan Ashe, USFWS, Keep wolves listed, BORG, TAKE ACTION, Republicans War against wolves, stop the delisting

Too Bad “Utah Legislature” – 74% Of Utahns Want To Bring Wolves Home….

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The Daily Utah Chronicle – Luigi Ghersi

Big Game Forever, Don Peay and the Utah Legislature may want to stop wolves from returning to Utah but 74% of the state’s citizens are in favor of reintroduction. (hjnews.com)

The only thing that disturbed me about this opinion piece was this quote:

“The prime number of wolves for the available habitat space in Utah is 200. This amount would allow optimal growth of the species. Anymore would create an influx, which was most likely the problem with the Yellowstone restoration of wolves.”

It’s always about the end game, the day when wolves reach some magical number and then the slaughter begins.  That’s what we’re fighting in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes. Wolves are never going to be safe under state management.

  Mexican gray wolves need to expand beyond the Blue Range Recovery Area that’s choking with cattle. If they are to return to Utah,  these highly endangered wolves must remain protected under the ESA, otherwise in a few years they’d be facing the same brutality wolves are experiencing in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes. Once their numbers grow the “sportsmen” will decide it’s time to break out the guns!

But salient points were also made.

“Wolves had been a part of Utah’s ecosystem since before the pilgrims set foot on Plymouth Rock — before Utah was even a state. They used to freely roam the whole state — until humans pushed them to the brink of extinction.”

“Tourism is one example of additional economic benefits that would result from reintroducing wolves to Utah’s ecosystem. Our state parks would see a dramatic increase in the total amount of visitors per year, bringing in more revenue to the state.”

I think Mexican grays should return to Utah but only if they remain protected from wolf hunts.

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Mexican gray wolf should be reintroduced in Utah

http://www.dailyutahchronicle.com/?p=2585851

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Cartoon: Courtesy The Daily Utah ChronicleLuigi Ghersi

Posted in: Wolf Wars, biodiversity

Tags: Mexican gray wolves, highly endangered wolves, Utah legislature, Big Game Forever, Don Peay

Idaho Ramps Up War On Wolves

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Idaho wolf hunt status map 2012/2013

It’s no big surprise but here we go again.  IDFG just made life even more miserable for wolves unfortunate enough to live in that state.  It seems Idaho’s scorched earth wolf policy is designed to push the remaining, beleaguered animals toward the 100/150 minimum number, essentially relegating canis lupus to the species trash heap in Idaho.

From The Spokesman-Review

Major change for gray wolves:

Extend hunting season on private land in the Panhandle Zone to year-round.

 Extend extend hunting season in the Middle Fork Zone and in that portion of Unit 16 in the
    Dworshak-Elk City Zone north of the Selway River to end June 30.

Extend hunting season in Beaverhead and Island Park zones two months to end March 31.

 Increase harvest limit in the Salmon Zone to 45.

Expand trapping to portions of units 2 and 3.

Expand trapping to private lands in units 13, 18 and 22 from November 15 through March 15.

 Expand trapping season to Island Park and Salmon zones with foothold traps only; except snares may be used on private lands and in that portion of Unit 28 within designated wilderness.

Don’t bother writing to Idaho Fish and Game.  I’m sure they could care less what we have to say about their egregious wolf killing policies. Begging them to stop killing wolves is about as effective as an ejection seat on a helicopter.

All our energies need to be focused on seeing wolves relisted and preventing USFWS from delisting wolves across the lower 48.

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Posted in: Wolf Wars, Idaho wolves

Tags: Idaho’s war on wolves, new wolf hunting rules, IDFG, wolves persecuted AGAIN

Exposing the Big Game

When an activist friend asked me to write an overview of the wolf situation, my first thought was: “What a daunting and extremely depressing task that would be.” But having followed the wolves’ story since long before their reintroduction to Yellowstone and the Idaho wilderness, I suppose it’s only natural that I take this on. After all, I’ve covered the issue many times in articles, on my blog, and I devoted two chapters of my book, Exposing the Big Game: Living Targets of a Dying Sport, to the plight of wolves.

At the time I wrote the book’s chapter, “From the Brink of Oblivion and Back Again,” wolves were still federally protected and their removal from the Endangered Species List was just someone’s bad idea that had yet to see its dark day—I never quite realized just how apt that title would soon be. Until recently I remained hopeful that…

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Exposing the Big Game

Action Alert from the HSUS

It’s devastating to watch. In just one year, wolves have taken one brutal hit after another.

First, wolves were stripped of their federal protections under the Endangered Species Act. Then, state by state, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Wisconsin, and Wyoming all opened fire on these majestic animals. Now, Michigan may be just months away from joining in the bloodletting.

Keep Michigan Wolves Protected is a coalition racing to collect 225,000 signatures by March 27 to put a referendum on the 2014 ballot. If the signatures are collected, we will automatically stop the Michigan wolf hunts through November 2014, an effort that would save as many as 500 wolf lives from pointless trophy hunting.

But we’re running out of time.

There is just more than one week left, and we haven’t reached our goal of 225,000 signatures. Can you help us put more people on the ground…

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Reinstating Minnesota’s Five Year Moratorium On Wolf Hunts Passes First Test…..

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Minnesota Wolves…Photo Derek Montgomery

Finally a victory! Today a big first step was taken to protect Minnesota’s wolves from hunts,  that were thrust upon them when the USFWS delisted wolves in the Great Lakes.

“A Minnesota Senate committee approved a bill Thursday that would put a five-year moratorium on wolf hunting in Minnesota.

The Senate Environment and Energy Committee approved the measure on a seven to six vote. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Chris Eaton, DFL-Brooklyn Center, said she thinks it’s irresponsible to hunt wolves so quickly after the animal was removed from the endangered species list”….mpr news

Minnesota’s wolf plan previously included a five-year moratorium on wolf hunts if canis lupus was ever federally delisted.  BUT the Minnesota legislature removed that safeguard in 2011,  several months before the USFWS stripped Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota wolves from the Endangered Species List.

  Soon after,  just as their fellow wolf states had done before them,  Minnesota rushed to hold a wolf  hunt in 2012, pushed by powerful hunting and ranching interests.   But wolf advocates are fighters and the battle is far from over.

This is the beginning of a push back in Minnesota, led by Howling For Wolves founder Dr. Maureen Hackett, who has been tireless in her fight to protect Minnesota’s wolves.

There is no reason to hold organized wolf hunts, hundreds of wolves are already killed each year by Wildlife Services for agribusiness.  Wolf hunts are purely a money-maker for the states and serve no purpose other than to give trophy hunters another target to shoot at.

A big thank you to Howling for Wolves and  bill sponsor Senator Chris Eaton for getting the ball rolling to end the unnecessary and brutal wolf hunts in Minnesota.

Now let’s get busy extending protections for the rest of the beleaguered wolf populations!

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Minn. Senate panel approves 5-year wolf hunt moratorium

by Tom Scheck, Minnesota Public Radio

March 14, 2013

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/14/politics/senate-committee-approves-wolf-hunt-bill?refid=0

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Photo: Courtesy Derek Montgomery

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Minnesota Wolves,

Tags: Senator Chris Eaton, Howling for Wolves, Maureen Hackett, restore five-year moratorium, stop the wolf hunts, wolves of Minnesota

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