Petitioners' requests to stop the wolf hunt were denied at the Minnesota Court of Appeals Wednesday, news sources report.
The two petitioning groups, the Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves, claimed that the administrative rules the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) failed to follow would cause irreparable harm in the people's right and ability to observe wolves. However, the petitioners were not able to prove and attribute their claims of irreparable harm to the DNR rules on the hunt, the Duluth News Tribune reported.
The court informed petitioners that the rules for the hunt were established not by the DNR, but by the Legislature. The court decision read, "Petitioners failed to identify any claimed irreparable harm attributable to the DNR rules, rather than the Legislature's decision to authorize wolf hunting." Emotional triggers have been pulled since the hunt was proposed. It will be the first time since the 1970's that wolves can legally be hunted in Minnesota, the Star Tribune reported.
A stable population of about 3,000 wolves reside in Minnesota has allowed them to be removed from the endangered species list and placed on a management list, the Duluth News Tribune reported.
The DNR's planned conservative approach established a target of 400 wolves to be harvested this season. "The season will not have any significant impact on the population," the DNR said. The hunt is aimed at an effort to resolve or limit conflicts and interactions between wolves and humans, the Grand Forks Herald reported.
A lottery was held for wolf licenses, only 6,000 hunters out of approximately 23,000 received a license, and not all lottery winners will kill a wolf. The hunt is planned to close when the target of 400 wolves has been reached, the Star Tribune reported.