Report: Nearly 90% of Minnesotans Recognize Importance of Maintaining State's Wolf Population
June 18, 2020
MINNEAPOLIS— The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released a report today analyzing Minnesotans’ attitudes toward wolves. A key finding is that 87% of residents agree that maintaining the state’s wolf population is important.
“Minnesotans treasure our state’s wolves, and these findings send a powerful message to wildlife managers,” said Collette Adkins, carnivore conservation director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Despite consistently strong public support for wolves, officials have too often catered to a few livestock operators who want these magnificent animals killed. We hope this report prompts our wildlife agency to do a better job of reflecting the wolf-friendly values of most people in Minnesota.”
The study focused on three groups: residents, deer hunters and livestock operators. Most surveyed residents (87%) and deer hunters (66.8%) expressed support for maintaining the state’s wolf population. The responses of livestock operators reflected a split, with 47.2% expressing support and 42.5% expressing disapproval.