Wolf Experts to Speak at Bemidji Public Library, 6/13

On Thursday, June 13th from 5 to 7 pm, two regional experts on wolves will discuss the impact of the removal of the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act. Barry Babcock of Laporte and Robert J. Shimek of the White Earth Reservation will be talking about the removal of the gray wolf and the impacts of a possible recreational hunt season on the population of wolves in Minnesota.

Barry Babcock will speak about how the wolf has a balancing impact on Minnesota’s deer herd and act as a potential check on CWD and depredation of livestock. He is the founder of the grassroots organization Jack Pine Coalition and a regular witness on wolf issues with the legislature in conjunction with the non-profit group Howling for Wolves. He is the author of Teachers in the Forest.

Robert J. Shimek of the White Earth Indian Reservation will speak about the importance of the wolf to the Anishinaabe culture and spiritual beliefs. An expert witness, Shimek, will discuss the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Proposal on the delisting of wolves and their current status in Minnesota State Government and how legal hunting and trapping seasons will impact the future of the wolf.

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