Wolf hunt to end Friday in Northwestern Minn.

By KBJR News 1

Wolf hunt to end Friday in Northwestern Minn.

December 27, 2013 Updated Dec 27, 2013 at 1:27 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The 2014 wolf hunting and trapping season will end Friday night in northwest Minnesota after the harvest limit was nearly reached.

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, hunters had killed 86 wolves by Thursday, December 26th which is just three wolves shy of the quota. However, DNR officials believe the harvest limit will be reached by the end of hunting tonight.

Wolf hunting and trapping continues in the east-central wolf zone for anyone with a valid license. The late season in the east-central zone is scheduled to end on Friday, Jan. 31, or whenever the target harvest is expected to be met.

As of Dec. 27th, hunters and trappers had harvested five wolves in the east-central zone during the late season.

The late wolf season closed in the northeast zone on Dec. 18; hunters harvested 37 wolves. During the early hunting season, which concluded Nov. 25, hunters harvested 32 of 33 wolves in the northeast; 56 of 73 wolves in the northwest; and no wolves in the east-central zone.

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