Duluth, MN (KDAL) - The D-N-R is out with their harvest figures for the upcoming Minnesota wolf season. According to Dan Stark of the Department of Natural Resources estimates show a “…stable population with no significant change from the 2013 estimate of 2,211 wolves.” The latest survey estimates 470 wolf packs and more than 2,400 wolves living in the state’s wolf range this past winter.
With that in mind, the D-N-R will make 500 more licenses available for the seasons. 30 more wolves will be targeted than last year. In the northeast zone, which is covered by K-D-A-L, the harvest target will be 73, ten more than a year ago. The target for the early season, which begins November 8th, is 37—four more than in 2013.
Dr. Maureen Hackett, who is the president of Howling for Wolves, which has advocated against the wolf hunts, said following the announcement (quote) “It should be a priority of the D-N-R and Governor Mark Dayton to manage the long-term survival of the recently endangered wolf…We call on the D-N-R to refocus on the original management plan for wolves that was intended to ensure their long-term survival and resolve conflicts between wolves and humans.” (end quote) Beyond repealing recreational wolf hunts Howling for Wolves is also calling for the D-N-R to fully implement their 2001 wolf management plan.
Looking to learn more about the issue? Try these links
For the DNR: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/hunting/wolf/index.html
For 'Howling for Wolves': http://www.howlingforwolves.org/