Here are the results regarding public opinion on wolf hunting and trapping.
Isn't it interesting that this bill was introduced, promoted, and pushed by the DNR. Legislators agreed despite opposition and Gov. Dayton allowed it to pass despite opposition. Now, with overwhelming poll opposition, the DNR said it will move forward as planned as it is the law -- a law they wanted and seem to be using as a shield now to protect their actions. My opinion, they will ride out the negative feedback and continue as planned. People have choices - animals don't. Trapping is cruel and barbaric - inhumane in every sense of the word. In addition, innocent untargeted animals will be caught and suffer. What do I plan to do: First of all, I will not vote for my legislators if they voted "yes" to this bill...regardless of political party affiliation. Gov. Dayton also will not get my vote if he should run for a second term. The legislators can amend this wolf hunting and trapping bill. I will write them each a courteous, respectful letter stating my position. What else will I do - This is a great State. There are numerous outdoor things to do without paying any fees, purchasing any licenses, or donating on my income tax filing. The DNR does not deserve my money. I'll spend it elsewhere. Spread the Word and Voice your Opinion - your vote is important to the people we send to St. Paul. Who should we send?
From Howling for Wolves: "Minnesotans have used their only opportunity provided for an official public comment to overwhelmingly oppose the planned wolf hunting and trapping season proposed by the DNR, with almost 80 percent of the more than 7,300 participants registering their opposition.
Despite overwhelming opposition, the DNR is moving forward with their plans undeterred. But we are also undeterred and we will continue making every effort to stop this upcoming "public take" of wolves in Minnesota.
We know the Minnesota Statute actually says "...the commissioner may prescribe open seasons...", so the decision to offer a wolf hunting and trapping season is legally at the discretion of the DNR and is not something mandated by law. We are making plans to inform the public about this.
For now, we need you to spread the word about this law and gather support for the next phase. "