Senate panel to hear bill for wolf hunt moratorium

Published On: Mar 14 2013 08:43:17 AM CDT
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -

Opponents of wolf hunting go will before a Minnesota Senate panel to call for a five-year moratorium on future wolf seasons.

The Senate Environment and Energy Committee will hear from both sides Thursday on the contentious issue. Hunters and trappers killed 413 wolves during the state's recent wolf season, which was the first since wolves in the western Great Lakes region came off the endangered list early last year.

Howling for Wolves points out that Minnesota's original wolf management plan called for a five-year wait from when wolves came off the list until the resumption of sport hunting. The Legislature canceled that moratorium last year when it authorized the first season. Wolf hunting supporters say that's because the years of court battles that held up "delisting" made further delays unnecessary.