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DNR: Minn. Wolf Population Stable, more Licenses this Year

Updated: 07/24/2014 12:45 PM
Created: 07/24/2014 12:22 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Matthews

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday hunters and trappers can start applying for the 2014 wolf season on August 1.

There will be more licenses available this year as the DNR raised the number of wolves targeted to 250, compared to 220 in 2013.

In all, 3,800 hunters and trappers will be able to start hunting on Saturday, Nov. 8. Of those hunters, 2,300 will be participating in the early-season, and 1,500 will be participating in the late season. Hunters must apply for the license lottery by September 4.

According to the DNR’s latest wolf population survey, there are an estimated 470 wolf packs and 2,423 wolves living in Minnesota as of this past winter. That’s 212 more wolves than estimated on the survey conducted in the 2013 winter.

“Estimates show a stable population with no significant change from the 2013 estimate of 2,211 wolves,” explained Dan Stark, DNR large carnivore specialist. “We will continue to evaluate the wolf population annually to ensure the wolf population remains well established across northern and central Minnesota.”

The DNR says its goal is to ensure the long-term survival of wolves across the state and address the conflicts between wolves and humans.

In order to enter the license lottery, hunters must pay a $4 fee and show proof of a current or previous hunting license. Actual license fees are $30 for residents and $250 for nonresidents. Hunters and trappers will only be able to bag one wolf.

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