Minnesota wildlife managers say fewer wolves are being shot or trapped for predator control. Department of Natural Resources wolf specialist Dan Stark told a legislative hearing Tuesday the number of wolves killed because they were preying on livestock fell from 295 in 2012 to 127 last year.
The Department of Natural Resources is closing the wolf hunting season in northwestern Minnesota at the end of Friday’s hunting hours. The DNR reports that 86 wolves have been harvested so far in the northwest wolf zone, which is three wolves short of the harvest target number. The decision was made Thursday evening in anticipation of the target being met by late Friday.
The 2014 wolf hunting and trapping season in northeastern Minnesota will close at the end of the day Wednesday, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The DNR posted a notice of the season closing on Tuesday evening — after hunters and trappers had harvested 30 wolves.
Michigan authorities say at least 17 wolves have been killed in the Upper Peninsula during the state’s first wolf hunt in decades. The state Department of Natural Resources says the latest count is through 6 a.m. EST Sunday.
One of Minnesota’s wolf hunting zones has been closed, the Department of Natural Resources says. On Monday, the DNR’s website said the northeastern wolf hunting zone is now closed. The zone’s target harvest was listed at 33 wolves; hunters have killed 31. Thirteen of those harvested were killed on the hunt’s opening weekend.
Minnesota hunters killed more than 40 wolves over the hunt’s opening weekend, slightly fewer than the number harvested in last year’s inaugural wolf hunt opener, according to DNR reports.
Minnesota opens it second wolf hunting season Saturday since the animals came off the endangered list. The Department of Natural Resources has set the target harvest at 220 wolves, down from 400 for last year’s inaugural season when hunters and trappers killed 413.
A legislator has taken to the Michigan Senate floor to apologize for putting false information about the sighting of wolves outside a day care center in his resolution urging Congress to strip gray wolves of endangered species protections.
Wisconsin’s largest wolf-hunting zone is about to close, leaving only a single zone open just three weeks into the season.
People fighting the state’s controversial wolf hunt appealed to fans of a different kind of wolf in downtown Minneapolis Wednesday night. As Timberwolves fans filed in for the season opener, many of them encountered advocates for real wolves inside Target Center.
A group leading the opposition to wolf hunting and trapping in Minnesota will have a special presence at Target Center when the Minnesota Timberwolves host the Orlando Magic in their home opener.
Minnesota native and actress Jessica Lange is urging Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to suspend the state’s wolf hunt. The two-time Academy Award winner wrote a letter to Dayton, dated Wednesday, on behalf of anti-hunt group Howling for Wolves.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding hunters of the deadline for applying for an antlerless deer permit, special hunts or a wolf hunting or trapping license. The deadline is midnight Thursday.
Minnesota wildlife officials are set to announce details of the upcoming wolf hunting and trapping season. This season will be the second since the animals came off the endangered list in the region.
Ron Schara joined John Hines on the WCCO Morning News Thursday to talk about wildlife becoming established in our neighborhoods.