Minn. hunters kill 50 wolves on 1st day

Gray wolves
Gray wolves

Fifty wolves were killed in the opening weekend of Minnesota's first managed wolf hunt.

About 32 were killed on opening day, Saturday. On Sunday, 18 more were killed in three sections in the northern part of the state where the hunt was allowed.

In the northeast, 22 wolves were killed, 20 in the northwest, and eight in the east-central zone. The east central zone was closed after Sunday to limit the number of wolves harvested.

The quota of wolves was set at 400, with 200 for the early season from Nov. 3 to Nov. 18. Another 200 were set for the trapping season, from Nov. 24 to Jan. 31.

The hunt has been contentious: Billboards in the metro area call the hunt unjust; other groups said that the DNR did not offer enough opportunity for public comment on the wolf season.

Department of Natural Resources acting wildlife chief Steve Merchant says the numbers are close to what officials expected.


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