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Assistant Commissioner Bob Meier of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources tells a Senate committee Tuesday, March 11, 2014, that his department opposes a bill that would suspend the state wolf hunt. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Don Davis

Senate committee votes to suspend wolf hunt

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ST. PAUL -- A state Senate committee decided more information is needed about Minnesota's 2-year-old wolf hunt, so voted Tuesday to suspend the hunt.

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The 8-6 vote in the Senate Environment and Energy Committee favors a milder version of bills wolf proponents want to permanently end wolf hunting and trapping. Even with the vote, changing the state's wolf hunting law is far from passing.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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