Minnesota Wolf Hunt Upsets Local Tribes

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Mary Favorite lives on the White Earth Indian Reservation in Minnesota. Mary is part of the wolf clan and an elder on the Reservation. When she found out the wolves were no longer federally protected and that Minnesota was planning a hunting season for them, it broke her heart.

"I thought, 'Oh my God,'" she said. "It's like they want to come in here and they want to shoot my brothers and my sisters."

It is not only members of the wolf clan that are upset by the looming hunt. In many Indian stories and culture the wolf was a forefront icon, and now that is threatened. The tribe is also upset because the DNR never spoke to them about the season. DNR officials said they were planning on talking to the tribes once the hunting season had more framework set up.

The Red Lake Band of Ojibwe made all 843,000 acres of their tribe's land a wolf sanctuary in 2010. For other tribes it may be more difficult, due to who owns the land. The Red Lake Band privately owns that 843,000 acres and can do what they see necessary with it.

Decades ago the wolf had almost disappeared from Minnesota, and now there is an estimated population of 3,000. Dan Stark, a large carnivore specialist for the DNR, sees both sides of the wolf issue. There were over 100 verified wolf incidents on livestock and pets. There are farmers/ranchers that want to be able to protect their livestock. There are sportsmen who want a chance to hunt and trap wolves. Stark believes even with a hunting season that the wolf is here to stay in Minnesota. From NECN.com.