The Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves filed a lawsuit today against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The groups are seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent wolf hunting and trapping seasons. The early season is set to open on Nov. 3.
The groups believe the DNR failed to “provide a formal opportunity for public comment on recently approved rules establishing wolf hunting and trapping,” according to a news release.
“The state rushed to issue wolf hunting and trapping rules without giving people a real chance to voice their opinions,” said Collette Adkins Giese, a Minneapolis-based attorney with the CBD. “Especially considering the tremendous controversy around hunting and trapping of Minnesota’s wolves, state officials should have followed the law carefully to make sure they fully understood how the public felt about their decision.”
The Minnesota DNR’s Wolf Management Plan is designed to “ensure their long-term survival and monitor their population” and “give owners of livestock and domestic pets more protection from wolf depredation,” according to a statement on their website.
The target harvest of the first year of the hunting and trapping season is 400. Minnesota’s estimated population of 3,000 wolves is the largest population in the Lower 48.