The Minnesota Wolf Hunt: A Spiritual Perspective

Photo courtesy of All About Wolves.

The most visible opposition to the recently completed new Minnesota wolf hunting season was ecological. How could a animal go from the endangered list to the target of sport hunters in a such a brief span of time? The Minnesota DNR presented compelling evidence that a tightly regulated hunting season would not threaten the species continued recovery. What was not widely heard was the voice of Minnesota’s aboriginal people and their opposition to the hunt for cultural reasons. In a Star Tribune editorial Clint Carroll, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, maintains that the very concept of treating the wolf as a natural resource is wrong. He contends that to many Ojibway people, wolves are not resources to be managed, but relatives to be respected. He also questions the right of the State of Minnesota to approve the hunt without consulting with sovereign American Indian Nations.

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