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Wolf hunting Minnesota groups’ priority No. 1

ST. PAUL — When Rep. Carolyn McElfatrick, R-Grand Rapids, was recently visited by a group of people from the Minnesota Farm Bureau, she wasn’t surprised to see their number one priority for this session — wolf hunting.The proposed wolf hunting season is an issue McElfatrick has been supporting for a while.

“My job is to protect the farmers in my district,” she said. “This is how they’re earning their living.” And with the count of cattle being lost their living is becoming harder to earn.

“One man said to me that it’s not getting any better. We’ve now lost a horse and mule, this is very aggressive hunting on the part of the wolves,” she explained.

McElfatrick said that it’s not simply a lone wolf if they’re taking down a horse. They’re acting in packs.

Dale Lueck of the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association spoke to McElfatrick about the problems wolves are causing.

“Farming’s tough enough without having to worry about this,” he said.

So for the first time in 30 years Minnesota hunters may be able to add wolves to their list.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is proposing a wolf hunting season beginning in November, and closing when the quota of 400 wolves is reached…

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