Opponents ask Supreme Court to stop Minnesota wolf hunt
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -
Two groups are asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to block the state's inaugural wolf hunting and trapping season set to being Nov. 3.
The Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves filed an emergency motion with the Minnesota Supreme Court on Monday after the Court of Appeals denied a motion for a preliminary injunction last week.
The Court of Appeals ruled the wolf hunt opponents failed to show irreparable harm would result from letting the season open on its scheduled date.
"I am hopeful that the Supreme Court will recognize what the Court of Appeals did not – that the shooting and trapping of 400 wolves is an irreversible harm caused by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources," said Collette Adkins Giese, an attorney with The Center for Biological Diversity. "Rushing to open a hunt this fall, the DNR slammed the door on meaningful public participation in a controversial management decision about wolf hunting and trapping. Only by stopping the hunt can we ensure that these state officials follow the law."
The DNR disputes the claims that its process for taking public comments on the wolf season regulations fell short of what state law requires. The DNR plans to let hunters and trappers harvest 400 wolves.