(NNCNOW.com) --- Applications for Minnesota's wolf hunting and trapping licenses dropped by almost half this year.
During last year's inaugural hunt, about 23, 500 hunters and trappers applied for licenses.
This year, the number dropped to about 13,000.
Dan Stark, a Minnesota DNR large carnivore specialist, says several factors are contributing to the decline.
Fewer licenses were available to hunters and trappers this year and success rates are low.
Last year, hunters saw about a five percent success rate, and trappers saw a 25 percent success rate.
Plus, DNR spokespeople say, the novelty of the wolf hunt may be diminishing.
This year's successful wolf-hunt applicants, selected in a random drawing were notified last week.