Lawsuit Filed To Stop Wolf Hunt

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 at 6:14 am

Two groups have filed a lawsuit to try to block the opening of Minnesota’s wolf hunting and trapping seasons set to begin on Nov. 3.

The Center for Biological Diversity has joined forces with an activist group named Howling for Wolves to stop the hunt. They say the Department of Natural Resources failed to provide a proper opportunity for public comment on recently approved rules establishing the wolf hunting and trapping seasons.

Wolves came off the endangered list in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan last January, and the Minnesota Legislature authorized the resumption of wolf hunting and trapping last session.

The two groups contend the online survey the DNR conducted did not provide an adequate chance for public comment. They’re asking the Minnesota Court of Appeals for a preliminary injunction to block the hunt until the court can rule.

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