Opponents during this afternoon’s state Senate debate on an environment funding bill turned back attempts to mandate a wolf hunting season in Minnesota, if the federal government again takes the grey wolf off the endangered species list. Pine City Republican Jason Rarick says, “We are not asking to wipe the timberwolf out of Minnesota. We’re asking to be able to manage their population, just like we do with the deer, just like we do with bear, just like we used to do with moose.”
But Saint Paul Democrat Foung Hawj points out Indigenous Minnesotans consider the grey wolf sacred.
“I’m hunter myself but, would we shoot a loon when loon is our state bird? Would we shoot a[n] eagle?”