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Minn. wolf hunt lawsuit gets hearing in appeals court

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A three-judge appeals court heard oral arguments Wednesday on a lawsuit over the DNR’s planning for last year’s wolf hunt.

Two groups — Howling for Wolves and the Center for Biological Diversity — argue the agency did not follow procedures required in law as it organized the first-ever regulated wolf hunt.

During the court hearing, the DNR said it received clear direction from the Legislature that it should organize a wolf hunt last fall. But the agency didn’t have a lot of time to prepare.

So instead of publishing a proposed rule, holding public meetings and inviting written comments, the DNR posted an online survey to gauge public opinion about such questions as how long the season should last and how hunters and trappers should be notified when the target was reached.

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