Wolf Hunt Moratorium Clears State Senate Committee
(St. Paul, MN) -- A state Senate committee on a narrow 7-to-6 vote has approved a bill that would put a five-year moratorium on wolf hunting in Minnesota. Maureen Hackett with the group Howling for Wolves supports it, saying "never before has an animal been taken off the endangered species list and hunted immediately." Bemidji farmer John Gilbertson responds if he's in a motel in the Twin Cities and hears a wolf howl, it's a beautiful sound -- but Gilbertson says if he and his wife hear a wolf howl in the middle of the night at home,"we'd better hit the floor running because he's probably after one of our livestock in the yard." The committee vote broke as expected: All the Greater Minnesota lawmakers on the committee voted against a five-year moratorium of wolf hunting regardless of party. All metro area Democrats voted for it, but Republicans Michelle Benson from Ham Lake and David Osmek (OZZ'-mek) from Mound voted "no."