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Minnesota DNR survey: Most oppose wolf hunt

About 80 percent of the more than 7,000 people responding to an online survey by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) opposed a wolf hunting and trapping season.But the results won’t stop this fall’s planned wolf season.

The question of whether to have a season was resolved by the Legislature, said Dennis Simon, DNR wildlife chief. “It was a public input process, it wasn’t a poll. … The Legislature and governor directed us to have a wolf season. So we will have a season.”

The DNR’s survey, which was not limited to Minnesota residents, closed Wednesday after accepting public comments for a month. The agency received 7,351 responses — 1,542 people supported a wolf season, 5,809 opposed it.

“Frankly, I’m not a bit surprised,” said Howard Goldman, senior Minnesota director of the Humane Society of the United States, which opposes the wolf hunting-trapping season…

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