Appellate court dismisses petition to stop wolf huntingPublished by on
ST. PAUL - A pair of groups that challenged Minnesota rules for a state wolf hunting and trapping season has been dealt another blow in court.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals Tuesday dismissed a petition aiming to undo rules that allowed for a wolf hunting season, the first of which was held last November.
In an official document, appellate judges stated the Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves lacked sufficient legal standing to challenge the Department of Natural Resources rules. The petitioners claimed the DNR adopted the rules in violation of the statutory rule-making procedures.
They claimed the rules impair their aesthetic interest in wolves, and that the printing of the wolf hunting rule book and licenses in an unlawful use of public funds.
Minnesota resumed sport hunting and trapping after the region's wolves came off the endangered list early last year. Hunters and trappers then killed 413 wolves during the state's first wolf season, which ended in January.
A bill seeking to impose a five-year moratorium on wolf hunts stalled during the Legislature's just-completed session.