Chippewa Indians ask DNR to halt plans for wolf hunt

Indian Commission: The hunt is biologically reckless, culturally harmful

Published On: Aug 15 2012 11:28:04 AM EDT   Updated On: Aug 15 2012 02:19:45 PM EDT
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MADISON, Wis. -

Chippewa Indian bands in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan are asking the state Department of Natural Resources to halt plans for a wolf hunt in northern Wisconsin this fall.

Jim Zorn directs the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, which includes 11 Chippewa bands.

Zorn says the tribe believes the hunt is biologically reckless and culturally harmful to Chippewa Indians.

Zorn says the tribe thinks Wisconsin's wolf population goal of 350 is to low and could harm the species.

DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp tells the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram the state is drafting a response to the commission's concerns.

The DNR says more than 10,000 people have applied for a wolf hunt permit so far.

The rules prohibit hunts on American Indian reservations in Wisconsin.