ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is proposing to let hunters and trappers take 400 wolves this fall.

Minnesota has around 3,000 gray wolves. DNR officials say research indicates the population could sustain a higher harvest quota, but say they’re taking a conservative approach for the state’s first season. The region’s wolves come off the endangered list on Friday.

The DNR proposes to cap the number of licenses at 6,000 that would be allocated via lottery.

The season would start in late November — when pelts are most prime — and would be closed once the quota is met.

DNR officials will outline their proposals to legislative committees Thursday. Lawmakers will have to pass a bill and the governor will have to sign it for a season to be held.

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Comments (7)
  1. randall benson says:

    What is their plan to bait the wolves and then shoot at them? Or are they using “hunting” as a euphemism for trapping. Traps are inhumane and indescriminate. The DNR can’t wait to get their mitts on the revenue from wolf license fees. Their agenda is less to do with wolf management then to appease hunting interests of the state while lining their pockets. It makes sense to deal with problem animals as necessary; the wolves aren’t even delisted yet and they can’t wait to start “harvesting” them. They keep saying that things are different now but it was the same mentality that led to the demise of these magnificent animals and the same sort of people making the decisions.

  2. Hunter says:

    In humane? I’m pretty sure wolves are not human

    1. randall benson says:

      Im sure you got the gist

      1. WHITE FANG says:

        WOLF MEAT = YUM

  3. j speedbag 64 says:

    don’t be angry if some wolf turns the table and rips somebody a new behind…go wolves…

  4. tko says:

    Well put Randall, I couldn’t agree more. I can just hear a ‘ mighty hunter man’ saying “I need one of those heads on my trophy wall”. Poor wolves, out of the frying pan and into the fire. How can an animal go from protected, to hunted in the same year? DNR-Do Not Resuscitate.

  5. sue says:

    We live in the Grand Marais area and many of the “Locals” spend hours and hours talking about how they are seeing all these wolves. They see wolves everywhere. I quietly hike many areas and have seen one wolf on the blacktop of the Gunflint Trail in one year, yet these people see them all the time. Wolves will do anything to avoid people. some people just want to kill wolves and will say and do anything to be able to do it.

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