Minnesota releases wolf hunting, trapping plans

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota is releasing details about its plans for the state's first regulated wolf hunting and trapping season.

The wolf season will start Nov. 3 when the firearms deer season opens.

The Department of Natural Resources proposed Monday to split the season into two parts: an early wolf hunting season coinciding with the deer season, and a late wolf hunting-and-trapping season after the deer season.

The DNR proposes to offer 6,000 licenses, with 3,600 available for the early season and 2,400 for the late season. A minimum of 600 late-season licenses will be reserved for trappers.

The target harvest quota of 400 wolves will be split equally between the early and the late seasons.

The DNR will take public comments only through an online survey, which will run through June 20.

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  • by Anonymous on May 21, 2012 at 05:57 PM
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      by Anonymous on May 22, 2012 at 06:35 AM in reply to
      WI has FAR more than 600 wolves. We are well over 1,000 whether Adrian Wydevan wants to admit it or not
  • by Susie Location: Polk Co. on May 21, 2012 at 12:55 PM
    In Wis. it will take many many years to deplete the wolves. They are way to many of then. They have been seen on the North edge of Balsam Lake many times. Go north and in July you can find packs of 15 to 20 every 10 miles with children playing outside. Have had dogs killed many years, the only thing you find is blood and the collar.
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      by Disgusted on May 21, 2012 at 02:32 PM in reply to Susie
      I go north almost evey weekend and walk my dog in the Chequamegon National Forest. I have never seen a wolf. I hope my dog or some other poor animal doesn't get caught in your evil traps.
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        by North Country on May 21, 2012 at 02:50 PM in reply to Disgusted
        Why don't you tell my 4 year old daughter this after she lost her new puppy one night cause of a wolf in the yard. Now she won't go outside without dad or mom cause she is afraid of getting attacked. Maybe you should Google Wisconsin Dogs killed by Wolves and see what you come up with. Susie ain't the only report of this.
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          by Dann on May 21, 2012 at 06:59 PM in reply to North Country
          Get Real. Like "pictures on Google" are definitive proof that a wolf was the perpetrator. And if it was a wolf, I don't feel the least bit sorry for you or your daughter. Wolves were here before humans and domestic dogs and have the same right to life that humans take for granted. Wolves and other predators have to work extremely hard for every one of their meals and if your new puppy happened to be an easy meal, so be it. It's not like they can drive to the local McDonald's in a giant SUV and order a greasy Big Mac for dinner...
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        by ROK on May 21, 2012 at 04:35 PM in reply to Disgusted
        if you are in the chequamegon every weekend and you've never seen a wolf, then you need to open your eyes when you are out in the woods.
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        by ski on May 21, 2012 at 08:02 PM in reply to Disgusted
        ya but they have seen you.
  • by Disgusted Location: EC on May 21, 2012 at 12:06 PM
    So sad that we will no longer have wolves in Minnesota and Wisconsin. At 400 per year they will be gone in 2-3 years. People are so sick. Trapping is barabric and should be outlawed. Let's just get it over with and murder all our wolves quickly...at least they won't have continue to suffer at the cruel hands of human beings.
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      by Louis on May 21, 2012 at 06:53 PM in reply to Disgusted
      Way to go I agree 200% let's kill/trap all those useless animals as soon as we can. I think we should make them suffer just the way they did as they ate friends dog while it was still alive so since most of us HUMAN BEINGS are at the top of the food chain let's get going...
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      by Anonymous on May 21, 2012 at 07:01 PM in reply to Disgusted
      Disgusted, what color is the sky in your world?
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      by David on May 24, 2012 at 07:49 AM in reply to Disgusted
      Did they teach math in your town? Did you pay attention or were you absent those years? "400 per year......2-3 years" is 800-1200 wolves. Not even half of what currently live in WI and MN. Do you know that they breed? What that means is they make more of themselves. A conservative estimate is 4000 wolves for MN and WI combined right now. 4-500 wolves killed per year will not slow the growth of the population.
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