Letter to the editor: Protect our wolves
From Andy Fisher
Many Minnesotans may know that the gray wolf was recently taken off of the endangered species list. Instead of taking our time and doing even a baseline survey when the wolf lost federal protection, the DNR rushed through two wolf hunting and trapping seasons.
Folks may have heard about the Isle Royale wolf that was recently found dead after being shot with a pellet gun. But many Minnesotans may not know that people still frequently kill wolves. Human-caused deaths are not tracked or studied by our DNR. But it is these deaths that have caused many species of wolves to go completely extinct; gone forever from the earth. Minnesota’s gray wolf was on the endangered species list for many years. Even though the gray wolf went extinct in the rest of the continental United States, our gray wolf is still here.
For over 10 years my wife and I have operated lodgings in Lake County.
Hardly a guest I’ve talked to hasn’t asked me where they might get a glimpse of our native moose or wolves. Who exactly is the DNR catering to when they allow these magnificent creatures to be hunted and trapped for sport? Certainly not the majority of Minnesotans. The DNR has finally suspended the moose hunt, but only after many years of observed rapid decline in the population. Too late?
I’m writing to urge our elected officials and my community to learn more about the facts and the issues of the wolf hunt. It’s unnecessary. It’s unpopular. And it should be stopped.