The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said this afternoon that it will discuss plans for a limited hunting and trapping season on gray wolves this fall at noon Friday in St. Paul during the DNR’s annual roundtable on fish, wildlife and ecology issues. Scheduled to be on hand to discuss wolf season plans are DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr; Ed Boggess, director of the DNR Fish and Wildlife Division; and Dan Stark, DNR wolf management specialist. The roundtable will be held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in St. Paul.
A limited wolf season became possible late last month, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it plans to remove the species from federal protection in the Western Great Lakes Region, which includes Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. If all goes according to plan — and that remains to be seen — Minnesota could regain management of wolves in the state as early as the end of this month. The Fish and Wildlife Service twice has returned wolf management to the states, only to have the action overturned in the courts because of lawsuits filed by animal rights groups.
Minnesota has about 3,000 gray wolves, according to DNR estimates, more than twice the level called for under federal recovery goals.