06 Feb '13, 5pm

Over 1,500 wolves killed in the contiguous U.S. since hunting legalized

Controversial wolf hunt moves to the Midwest, 196 wolves killed to date (11/14/2012) The hugely controversial wolf hunt in the U.S. has spread from the western U.S. (Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming) to the Midwest (Minnesota and Wisconsin) this year. Although the wolf hunt is less than a month old in the region—and only eleven days old in Minnesota—196 animals so far have been shot. As in the west, the wolf hunt has raised hackles among environmentalists along with fierce defenders among hunters. Wolves, which were protected under the the Endangered Species Act (ESA) since 1973, were stripped of that status by legislation in 2009, opening the door—should a state choose—to trophy hunting. Over 450 wolves shot dead in Idaho, Montana to date (02/27/2012) Less than a year after being pulled off the Endangered Species Act (ESA), gray wolves (Canis lupus ) in the western U.S. are fa...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0206-hance-wolf-hunt.html

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