DNR Finalizes Wolf Hunting Rules

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DNR Finalizes Wolf Hunting Rules

July 12, 2012 Updated Jul 12, 2012 at 7:32 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The Minnesota DNR has finalized rules for Minnesota's first regulated wolf hunting and trapping season.

Some of the changes include:
- The closing date for the late season has been changed from January 6th to January 31st.

- The wolf range will be divided into three zones for the purposes of harvest targets, registration and season closure. The zones will be divided into northeast zone, east-central zone and the northwest zone. When the harvest target has been reached in one zone, hunters will be able to continue hunting in any other zone that is still open.

The state's first regulated wolf hunt will begin Saturday, November 3rd. The target harvest is 400.

The early wolf season will last up to nine days in the 200-series deer permit areas and up to 16 days in the 100-series deer permit areas.

The late season, which also allows trapping for those with a wolf trapping license, will begin November 24th statewide. Target harvests are 265 in the northwest zone, 117 in the northeast zone and 18 in the east-central zone.

The state's inaugural wolf season will be conducted under a conservative approach that is consistent with the goal of ensuring the long-term survival of wolves, and addressing wolf and human conflicts.

The state's wolf population is estimated at 3,000. This year's wolf season follows the transition of wolves from federal protection under the Endangered Species Act to state management this past January.

Additional information about wolf management and the upcoming season is available online at the DNR's web page on the upcoming wolf season.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns