A crowd of people gathered at the American Indian Resource Center today to speak out about wolf hunting. The Northwoods Wolf Alliance is a grassroots coalition that aims to stop the hunting and trapping of wolves. Their goal is to modify the bill currently in the state senate.
Northwoods Wolf Alliance Founder Reyna Crow said the goal is to modify the bill. The coalition aims to work on the tribal piece of the bill to make sure tribes have jurisdictional management over wolves within the reservation boundaries.
One of the speakers at the event, Robert Shimek, described it as simply trying to rephrase the words. “What we’re doing is intervening on the house side and trying to get the language that’s more suitable for our goals,” he said.
The bill would call for an annual wolf population census, the creation of an advisory wolf task force, and to let tribes control hunting on their land.
Today’s rally was unique because there was an actual wolf onsite. The presence of the wolf helped people realize the importance of these animals.
Alliance founder Reyna Crow hopes the rally will motivate people to speak to their representatives about the policies that they want. She also hopes that farmers and ranchers who are concerned about the loss of livestock due to wolves recognize their cultural significance.