Appeals court throws out petition seeking to stop Minnesota wolf season

Minnesota’s Court of Appeals threw out a petition this morning seeking to stop wolf hunting and trapping in the state.

The state’s inaugural wolf season was held starting last November.

In dismissing the petition, the appeals judges decided the Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves lacked sufficient legal standing to challenge the Department of Natural Resources rules.

The decision will be welcomed in northwest Minnesota and other parts of the state where people actually live with wolves. Minnesota has an estimated 3,000 wolves, more than twice the number called for under federal recovery guidelines.

The DNR later this morning is holding a conference call with media explaining what the court decision means to the season-setting process and wolf management in the state.

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