Preventing Wolf Hunting | A43 (SF 959)

Senate voted No
| April 19, 2021
About this Legislation
Chief Author

This amendment would remove the section of SF 959 that required the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to establish an open hunting season for wolves.

In 1974, gray wolves were protected under the Endangered Species Act, and their continued conservation increased populations. In 2020, gray wolves were delisted from the Endangered Species List, and now some are calling for an open hunting season to limit the species. This amendment would prevent wolf hunting in Minnesota.


The amendment failed, and language toward creating an open hunting season for wolves was included in the Senate Environment Omnibus bill. The bill now proceeds to Conference Committee to be combined with the House’s version of the Environment Omnibus bill.

What a no means

A "no" vote allows for the creation of an open hunting season for gray wolves. If enacted, this provision would allow the hunting of gray wolves across the state.

What a yes would have meant

A "yes" vote does not create an open hunting season for gray wolves, maintaining Minnesota's protection of gray wolves from overhunting.

Vote Tallies

All Votes R. DFL Ind.
Yes = 33 2 31 0
No = 34 32 0 2
Abstain = 0 0 0 0
Absent = 0 0 0 0