Minnesota's wolf hunting season begins November 3

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The gray wolf was taken off the federal protected species list in January.
Minnesota's first-ever regulated wolf hunting season is officially starting this November.

Our state is home to about 3,000 gray wolves, according to the Department of Natural Resources, up from 750 in the 1950s.

In January, the wolf was removed from the federal protective species list, and returned to the state's management.

As the DNR announced today, wolf hunting will be split up into two seasons. The first will coincide with deer hunting season, which begins November 3, followed by a late hunting and trapping season.

A total of 6,000 licenses will be granted: 3,600 for the early season and 2,400 for the late season. Licenses will cost $30 for Minnesota residents and $250 for out-of-state hunters.

Anticipating a long line of people wanting to participate, the licenses will be allocated through a lottery system. One license gets a hunter one wolf. The second season ends January 6, 2013 or when the quota of 400 dead wolves is met, depending on which comes first.

See also:
-- Controversial wolf hunting season may debut this year


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anonymous
anonymous

The population of hunters NEEDS to be controlled and managed, not wolves.

anonymous
anonymous

Look at this dumb misinformed moron below. The gray wolf that lives in MN is not a canadian gray wolf. It's cl nubilus the wolf that has always been native to Minnesota and who cares if wolves eat their natural prey? I sure don't.

electragirl17
electragirl17

So most people know how serious our deer population has been affected by a predator that is not native to this area. The Canadian Gray wolf was first introduced to MN when my grandfather was very young, agian they were brought in while my mother was in h.s., and agian while I was in high school. Each time the numbers of wolves were decreased by hunting and they wenrt allowed to get out of control. That was not the case this time. Instead they were protected. I am happy to say that over 3000 permits to hunt these wolves have been issued for this years first wolf hunt so far. Sadly its too late to save many of the deer. Our deer population has decreased immensely. It may not matter to the hunter that hunts for fun, but for those of us who depend on venison to survive this is a very big deal. I encourage people to get out there and help in eradicating this invasive species. If its illegal for anyone to transport invasive species accidentally on a boat why is it ok for wild life officials to do the same thing on purpose. Reports from other areas are just as devestating. As recently quoted by natives to the yellowstone area "Yellowstone is Dead." Elk and other wilflife are almost gone. If this was a natrual species to this area I would think a bit differently, but it is not. Since when do the citiots know better than those of us who live in wolf territory. We have to take responsibility for the mistakes made by our wildlife officials. Once the deer are gone they turn to livestock, from livestock to pets, and pets to people. Will people finally understand the true danger when a child is taken? An animal that has no fear is dangerous. Good luck to our hunters! Glad there are good people who dont think a wolf is a big cuddly pet, but rather see them for what they are. Not all wolves are bad, but this subspecies is one that never should have been brought from its natrual territory!

keeks1
keeks1

 @electragirl17 What's the matter, Angela, no answers to my questions but you can talk about this elsewhere?   Where and when were these reintroductions?  I don't care how much venison you eat, good for you and your family.   Where is this documented that wolves will eat all the deer, then all the livestock then the pets and finally people?  When has this happened before?  I'll tell you when, NEVER.  Please show me where one animal has eaten its entire prey base.  Also, I do not live in a city.  Don't make assumptions about people, those assumptions are usually wrong.  So, let's see you expound your vast knowledge on wolves and enlighten all of us.  Thank you.

keeks1
keeks1

 @electragirl17 Tsk tsk, still no answers...I wonder why?  Hard to prove the stuff that you make up, isn't it?   Thanks for not disappointing me.

keeks1
keeks1

 @electragirl17 Wow, you really are misinformed, electra...not sending you emails.  Remember you posted on citypages regarding MN's wolf hunt?   Just because you say you KNOW something, really doesn't make it so.  OK, about the reintroduction in MN...when, where, who, how?   The last time you were out west was????  I think you've been listening to too many people from MT, WY and ID.  You are as wrong as many of them.  And just as clueless, basing "information" on myths handed down from generation to generation.   

keeks1
keeks1

 @electragirl17   Angela, if you need it, have some of your friends back up what you are saying.  I'm sure it will be very educational....probably more entertaining than anything though.  Maybe you are doing some research to prove what you say.  

keeks1
keeks1

Angela (electragirl17), just when did this "reintroduction" take place?  What year, what agency, where were the wolves released?   MN has plenty of deer, for wolves and hunters.  You do know that wolves eat other things besides deer, right?   What makes you say that the deer population decreased immensely, can you back that up with some information, please?   Hmmm, hunting for fun...is that like killing animals for fun?  And wolves are the ones accused of killing for fun.  Thank you for clearing this up.  You have NO idea what you are talking about---invasive species, illegal transportation, "citiots", Yellowstone is dead...which could not be further from the truth.  Sounds like you are only repeating what you have heard others say.   When was the last time you were in Yellowstone?  Many of those who claim Yellowstone is dead, have never been to the park.  Actually the park is in better shape since the wolves were returned after a 60 year absence.    As you said, if this was a natural species, you'd think differently.  Well, you can start that now.   What were the mistakes that your wildlife officials made?   The "true" danger is ignorance, willful ignorance and you are only perpetuating it.  You need to get some education on your own---your last sentence proves that more than anything else.  

JoJo Frazer
JoJo Frazer

 SADLY ON THE MORNING OF NOVEMBERS 3RD 2012...HUNDREDS OR THOUSANDS OF THESE BEAUTIFULL RARE ANIMALS WILL BE WHIPED OFF THE EARTH...im write the governor or whoever is in charge a letter...    - Lonewolf Frazer

Lastintime
Lastintime

How stupid is that, leave the animals alone!! Im so sick of this BS!! When will people learn that we share this planet with the animals, not own it and them!! They have every right to live as we do and their lives are a billion times harder than ours. Every single moment of their life is about survival, they dont need us making it harder for them. We are changing the balance of nature faster than it can evolve to it. If one link of the food chain is lost the entire thing will be destroyed. Our very own survival depends on natures balance. 

Dave2
Dave2

   Back in the late sixties and early seventies deer hunting was lousy: no deer. Hunters, statewide, pleaded with the DNR to close the season: nope, gotta have a season, gotta have that license money, gotta fund the DNR.   Same thing now with wolves. It’s not a question of population control, or wolf depredation problems, or high demand by hunters who can’t wait to bag a wolf. No, it’s money. The DNR wants the license money. Government agencies are on their own nowdays.  So what's left: a wolf hunting season.    But what does it say about the DNR when funding it plunders game management, the very reason it exists?  

JustAGuy
JustAGuy

January 2013's headline "Gray Wolf Returns to Endangered List"

Nick Antinozzi
Nick Antinozzi

November 7th 2012 headline: Gray Wolf Extinct,  Legislature shruggs.

Necro Wolf
Necro Wolf

 Sadly, I can see that happening very soon.

What
What

Hunting deer is fine as long as you or someone else ends up eating it but hunting wolves when they aren't a problem is just bloodthirst.

Jessica
Jessica

I understand that hunting is a vital part of controlling population, but control is not needed at this point to keep the population of wolves down. If anything, control is needed to sustain the population. They were JUST removed from the endangered species list. It is far too soon.

Clap For The Wolfman
Clap For The Wolfman

Wait, so there are 6,000 licenses for 3,000 wolves? I'm not trying to spark outrage here, but what is the logic behind that?

Andy Mannix
Andy Mannix

Mr. Clap--

Just to clarify, they are granting 6,000 licenses, but cutting the season off after 400 wolves have been killed or January 6 (whichever comes first).

Necro Wolf
Necro Wolf

 I don't think people will be smart enough nor care enough to stop once the season ends...

Sarah Soriano
Sarah Soriano

I missed that detail the first two times I read the story too.

Andy Mannix
Andy Mannix

Sarah--

It is stated clearly in the story.

Jessica
Jessica

It is at the bottom of the story.

Marion_d_38
Marion_d_38

I have never seen a wolf in the wild .. how could anyone kill a wolf they look like large dogs .. thats saying something about the person that can pull the trigger on one of those beautiful animals.. what is the purpose of a wolf hunt you know people are not eating them if so how sick!!! it's all about I man I have gun I can kill large animal  ARRHH ....

ZING!
ZING!

I man I have keyboard I no understand punctuation

Necro Wolf
Necro Wolf

That is the point, scooter. Hunting an animal you have no intention of eating or using the parts of is barbaric, hence the poor (caveman) grammar. Obviously you understood, as your dumbass comment reflects.

guest
guest

 "up 750 in the 1950s." ..... up FROM 750?

Joe
Joe

When I was younger, I saw a wolf in the wild and my father told me what a rare thing it was.  True enough, it wasn't until 20 years later that I saw one again, despite thousands of hours spent in the woods.

Now they're starting to make a comeback and I am seeing them more frequently, but I cannot honestly say that I have any inclination to kill one.  I EAT what I kill.  I do not kill without purpose.

I think opening a hunting season on wolves when they're so fresh of the endangered species list is a bad move.  Especially doing it during deer season.  I don't want to share the woods with a bunch of schmucks with guns that are only there to kill something.

Joe
Joe

Come to think of it, if they're both during the same season, all you would have to do is shoot a deer and then sit over the remainder of the field dressing to get your wolf.  This would make it *stupidly* simple to kill a wolf.  How is the MNDNR going to address baiting issues????!?!?

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