2014 wolf hunt announced
Today, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced that hunters and trappers can apply for the 2014 wolf season beginning on Aug. 1, with lottery remaining open until Sept. 4.
A total of 3,800 hunting and trapping licenses will be available, 500 more licenses than were available last year. The statewide target harvest of wolves is 250, 30 more than last year. The early season begins Saturday, Nov. 8.
The latest population survey results estimate that 470 wolf packs and 2,423 wolves lived in Minnesota’s wolf range this past winter, which is 212 more wolves than estimated.
Minnesota has held its first managed gray wolf hunting and trapping seasons the past two years after the wolf was removed from the federal Endangered Species List. Some groups and individuals have protested the hunt and filed lawsuits trying to prevent it, but none of those suits was successful.
For more information on how to enter the lottery for a license, visit www.mndnr.gov/hunting/wolf.