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DNR attorneys ask court not to block Minn. wolf hunt

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  • Lawsuit aims to block Minnesota wolf hunting season

    Lawsuit aims to block Minnesota wolf hunting season

    Tuesday, September 18 2012 8:13 PM EDT2012-09-19 00:13:53 GMT
    Two groups have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block the Nov. 3 start of the Minnesota wolf hunting and trapping season.
    Two groups have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block the Nov. 3 start of the Minnesota wolf hunting and trapping season.
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By STEVE KARNOWSKI
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - State officials have asked the Minnesota Court of Appeals to reject an attempt by animal welfare groups to block the resumption of wolf hunting in the state.

Attorneys representing the Department of Natural Resources say the lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves is without legal merit.

The lawsuit seeking to halt the hunt contends the DNR did not allow for adequate public comment before it issued regulations for the state's first wolf season since the animals came off the endangered list. It has asked the court for a preliminary injunction to stop the season from opening Nov. 3.

In a response dated Friday, the DNR counters by saying that the agency received extensive public comments. That response also claims fears the hunt will harm the state's wolf population are unfounded.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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