The 2014 wolf hunting and trapping season in northwest Minnesota closes at the end of shooting hours today, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources just announced.
By Thursday night, hunters and trappers had taken 86 wolves, three short of the northwest wolf zone’s harvest target. DNR officials called for the closure anticipating that the target harvest would be met by the end of today.
Wolf hunting and trapping continues in the east-central wolf zone for anyone with a valid license. The late season in the east-central zone is scheduled to end on Friday, Jan. 31, or whenever the target harvest is expected to be met, whichever comes first.
As of today, hunters and trappers had harvested five wolves in the east-central zone during the late season.
The late wolf season closed in the northeast zone on Dec. 18; hunters killed 37 wolves. During the early hunting season, which concluded Nov. 25, hunters took 32 of 33 wolves in the northeast; 56 of 73 wolves in the northwest; and no wolves in the east-central zone.
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