ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota is just hours from the start of the state's first sanctioned wolf hunt, but one group of animal activists is not letting the event proceed quietly.
Dozens of members of the group Howling for Wolves gathered with others at Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) headquarters in St. Paul Friday, to express what they call "their deep outrage, disappointment and sense of helpless marginalization."
"The vast majority of people are against trapping and snaring and killing wolves for sport," maintains Howling for Wolves founder Maureen Hackett. "How does the public fight the corrupting influences on our political leaders by groups who have always wanted to kill wolves? How does the public fight the relentless rule-breaking by our public agency, the DNR, that is trusted with our natural resources?"
Howling for Wolves teamed with the Center for Biological Diversity in a legal attempt to stop the upcoming wolf hunting and trapping seasons, but the emergency motion to stop the hunt was dismissed.
The two groups claimed the Department of Natural Resources failed to follow proper procedures for taking public comments before issuing its regulations for the upcoming season. DNR officials disputed that.
The DNR plans to let hunters and trappers take 400 wolves out of a population estimated at around 3,000 wolves during the split season.
Howling for Wolves will hold several demonstrations in the Twin Cities and Duluth over the weekend to raise public awareness of their cause.
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