They might very well be the most controversial animal that hunters can pursue. We told you yesterday about proposed legislation that would allow Wisconsin hunters to harvest 201 wolves this coming season, and the state of Minnesota looks to face some strong opposition as it struggles to implement regulations for the pending wolf season, which will be its first. We’ve told you about mounting controversy in the state, but as the season approaches, tensions are heating up.
Minnesota‘s troubles run deep though. Native American tribes fiercely oppose hunting the wolf, and are fighting to prohibit it on their lands. According to the Sacramento Bee, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources respects the tribes’ land, but still wants hunters to be able to pursue wolves on public lands. Many Native Americans feel the animal is a symbol of wisdom and strength, and should be preserved. Here’s hoping wolves and hunters both win in the long run. – Rick Bach
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