Official clarifies 'boycott' hunt comment

 

December 15, 2023

Brady Slater

Carlton County commissioner Gary Peterson was a member of the wolf committee for the state of Minnesota for more than two years, until it finalized in 2022 a management plan which recommends reinstating a wolf hunt if and when the animal is removed from federal protection as an endangered species. "I don't see the wolf being endangered in Minnesota," Peterson said. Peterson spoke at the meeting last week, above, in Carlton about wolves and their supposed impact on the declining deer population.

Boycott the deer hunt?

That was a suggestion from Carlton County commissioner Gary Peterson last week, during a widely attended meeting in Carlton about wolves and their supposed impact on the declining deer population.

Peterson was quoted by a Duluth media source as telling the crowd of roughly 300 attendees, "Boycott the deer season," as a way of hitting the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in its pocketbook.

When reached for further comment this week about his suggestion, Peterson presented a more nuanced understanding.

"I don't want to come off as an extremist," Peterson said....



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