The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced this afternoon that it is closing the wolf hunting and trapping season in the northeast part of the state at the end of shooting hours today.
Hunters and trappers as of this afternoon had taken 34 wolves in the northeast, where the quota is 33.
The season remains open in northwest Minnesota, where 53 wolves had been taken as of this afternoon, well short of the target of 89. The season also remains open in the east-central zone, where two wolves have been taken and the quota is 10.
The late season in those zones is scheduled to end Friday, Jan. 31 or whenever the target harvest is expected to be met, whichever comes first, the DNR said.
During the early hunting season, which concluded Nov. 25, hunters killed 32 of 33 wolves in the northeast, 56 of 73 wolves in the northwest and no wolves in the east-central zone.
Complete wolf hunting information, including a map of the wolf zones, is available here.