Minn. Officials Ready To Manage Wolf Population

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota officials said Wednesday that the federal government’s decision to remove the region’s gray wolves from the endangered species list may lead to a hunting and trapping season as early as next fall.

Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr said the agency is “ready and able” to take over management of Minnesota’s wolf population from the federal government.

Minnesota has a stable population of about 3,000 wolves, mostly in northeastern Minnesota, but they range as far south as southern Pine County.

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said Minnesota has about double the number of wolves it should have, and they’re killing livestock and pets, so it was time for them to come off the endangered list.

Ed Boggess, the DNR’s fish and wildlife director, said a wolf hunting and trapping season could begin as early as this fall, but details still are being worked out and it might take longer.

The DNR also hasn’t decided yet what total harvest levels would be, but the agency likely will seek to keep wolf numbers above the state’s minimum population goal of 1,600, said Dan Stark, the DNR’s wolf management specialist. There will be a public comment period at some point.

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  • Sara

    C’mon, Tom Landwehr couldn’t manage his way out of a paper bag.

  • M Norrie


    Was this decision made by the state or the feds?

  • keel

    Yeah…raising cattle in Northern Minnesota is big business. Some of those herds must number in the…10’s. Get real. Be grateful we’re one of the few states to have a stable wolf population. Nothing neater than being in the BWCA and hearing a wolf call in the evening. …or…you could move to New York City.

    • they are neat

      And so the loss of stock from a smaller operation is somehow more acceptable? Actually quite the opposite. If the population is healthy enough to allow hunting and trapping, we should indeed be grateful. I know not everyone is a fan of the DNR, but I doubt they will make any decision that would endanger the viability of the population. I have heard them up North when fishing and you are right, it is incredibly neat. We’re lucky to have them in our state.

    • Stein

      And you still will! We just don’t need 5,000 wolves in NE Minnesota alone. I know, I know they say around 3,000 but the DNR knows it’s way more than that. Speak to a conservation officer in the area where these animals prowl, then you might have a clearer picture of what’s going on. Surfing CCO won’t get you informed.

  • yahooooo

    Hey Wcco – that is a coyote in your pic.

  • Murph

    Not at all unlike the way the GOP wants to manage social security recipients? At least we have some wild partners on the short end of the stick with us! Pawlenty must have been involved in it some way shape or form! Unfortunately he proved with the deer hunt and the old folks euthanasia drive stopped by the MN Supreme court that he is not a worthy human being .Just a typical GOP’er!

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