Loved and loathed, reviled and revered, no species that stalks Minnesota’s north woods has ever been more divisive than the gray wolf.And the debate over whether they should be protected by the Endangered Species Act — or removed from the list — has brought out passions on both sides for years.”Damn right it’s an emotional issue,” shouted Melissa Smith, with a group called Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf, at a rally in Duluth in 2014. “You’re killing things for fun. And if that isn’t emotional, I don’t know what is.”Smith was angry about wolf hunts that began in Minnesota and Wisconsin in 2012, after the last time wolves in the Great Lakes states were removed from the endangered species list, in Dec., 2011.

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