Well, it's not exactly a ban. It is a 5 year Moratorium on recreational wolf hunting and trapping. Senator Chris Eaton of Brooklyn Center has authored a bill to reinstate the five year wait. According to Ed Boggess of the Minnesota DNR, they did not do an actual count prior to the hunt. He said it would have been a better option however they plan to do a wolf count now. Mr. Boggess didn't feel the wolf hunt threatened the population. The DNR's management of the deer population was used as an example of their excellent management skills. Absolutely no mention was made regarding the Moose population. In this case, the Moose population has and is falling at a rapid rate. Now the DNR decides to cancel the Moose hunt. Why wasn't this done sooner? Why did they wait for the population to hit a fragile state before cancelling the hunt?
The Moratorium would not stop farmers and ranchers from killing wolves that threaten their livestock. That is separate all together. We are talking recreational hunting and trapping.
Back to the bill. Once this bill is introduced, it will need to be heard by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. Please contact the following members and ask for their support.
Senate Environment and Energy Committee
Sen. John Marty (Chair) - Call 651-296-5645 or Send Email
Sen. John Hoffman (Vice Chair) - Call 651-296-4154 or Send Email
Sen. David Brown - Call 651-296-8075 or Send Email
Sen. Michelle Benson - Call 651-296-3219 or Send Email
Sen. Scott Dibble - Call 651-296-4191 or Send Email
Sen. Chris Eaton - Call 651-296-8869 or Send Email
Sen. Foung Hawj - Call 651-296-5285 or Send Email
Sen. Lyle Koenen - Call 651-296-5094 or Send Email
Sen. David Osmek - Call 651-296-1282 or Send Email
Sen. Julie Rosen - Call 651-296-5713 or Send Email
Sen. Bev Scalze - Call 651-296-5537 or Send Email
Sen. Matt Schmit - Call 651-296-4264 or Send Email
Sen. Katie Sieben - Call 651-297-8060 or Send Email
Sen. Bill Weber - Call 651-296-5650 or Send Email
Please thank Sen. Chris Eaton and the co-authors of this bill (listed below) for their leadership on this issue and encourage them to advocate for the passage of this bill into law.
Sen. David Hann - Call 651-296-1749 or Send Email
Sen. David Senjem - Call 651-296-3903 or Send Email
Sen. Terri Bonoff - Call 651-296-4314 or Send Email
Sen. Sandra Pappas - Call 651-296-1802 or Send Email
Currently, there is no companion bill in the House of Representatives. Contact your Representatives and ask them to author/co-author a House version. A companion bill is necessary. Your Representatives need your encouragement and support. Also, contact your district Senators. Let them know this issue matters. Ask them to support this bill.
Time is of the essence. Bills only have so much time to work through the legislative process. If they do not move, it's like being in a massive traffic jam. You just don't get anywhere - on time.