The federal government announced it’s taking the grey wolf off the Endangered Species list sets up another political battle in Minnesota because a recreational wolf hunt requires state authorization. Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan have both said they oppose wolf hunting.   Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap says farmers and ranchers need to be able to protect livestock and pets — however…

“It doesn’t have to be necessarily a hunt.   It needs to be other things. I mean, let’s look at comprehensive things.”

But Maureen Hackett with the group Howling for Wolves says “the vast majority of Minnesotans… want the wolf protected for future generations.” D-N-R officials say they’re far from making any decision on a wolf hunt and have extended their public comment period until November 20th.