Chippewa Bands In Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan Ask DNR To Halt Wolf Hunt

Thursday, August 16th, 2012 at 6:35 am

Chippewa Indian bands in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan are asking the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to halt plans for a wolf hunt this fall.

Jim Zorn directs the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, which includes 11 Chippewa bands.

Zorn tells the Associated Press that the tribe believes the hunt is biologically reckless and culturally harmful to Chippewa Indians. Zorn says the tribe thinks Wisconsin’s wolf population goal of 350 is too low and could harm the species.

The Wisconsin DNR is drafting a response to the commission’s concerns. The DNR says more than 10,000 people have applied for a wolf hunt permit so far. The rules prohibit hunts on American Indian reservations in Wisconsin.

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