Report: Use combination of lethal, non-lethal methods to control problem wolves

ST. PAUL, Minn. — An environmental assessment of proposals for managing human-wolf conflicts and wolf depredation on livestock in Minnesota recommends that federal officials continue using a combination of lethal and non-lethal methods.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program released the 225-page report for public comment late last week.

The report also looks at the impacts of using only non-lethal methods for dealing with problem wolves, and of the federal agency withdrawing from wolf damage management in Minnesota.

It concludes that all three alternatives would not have significant adverse impacts on the state or regional wolf populations. The agency also expects no significant adverse impacts if federal protections are lifted and responsibility for managing wolves is returned to the Minnesota Department of Resources.

USDA Wildlife Services is taking comments through May 22.

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