Minnesota launched its first hunting season for wolves in November 2012, after the animal was taken off the endangered species list. The decision has ignited passion among hunters and animal rights activists.
Photos: A look at north country trappers In north-central Minnesota over the weekend, 16-year-old Koltin Wagner was among nearly 800 Minnesota trappers who are the first to legally trap wolves since the early 1970s. Wagner learned a few tricks from his neighbor, 66-year-old Joe Edminster.November 26, 2012
Hunters take to woods for first wolf season At the end of a rough and muddy trail in southern Koochiching County this weekend, a few miles from Northome, six hunters hunkered down over a simmering pot of spaghetti and talked about the challenge of taking part in the state's first managed wolf hunt.November 5, 2012
Most wolf-hunt permits going to hunters in northern Minnesota When Minnesota's wolf-hunt season opens on Saturday, many of the permitted hunters will likely have seen a wolf before. Some have even felt the impact of the growing number of wolves. That's because wolves and most of the hunters with wolf permits call the northern half of the state home.November 1, 2012
Ojibwe bands ban wolf hunting - but only on Indian-controlled lands Minnesota's inaugural regulated wolf hunt, set to begin Saturday, is being received with sadness by many Ojibwe people. For them, killing the animals is unthinkable. To guard against it, all seven of Minnesota's Ojibwe bands forbid wolf hunting on their lands. While the bands acknowledge their legal authority over land they don't own may be limited, they still intend to make a point.October 31, 2012
DNR studies wolf behavior as hunting season approaches Minnesota's first-ever managed wolf hunt gets underway in about two weeks, barring a successful legal challenge that could stop the hunt. The opportunity to learn about wolves and their behavior brings the Department of Natural Resources to Sampson to Itasca State Park.October 19, 2012
MPR News Primer: Minnesota's wolf hunt Gray wolves once faced extinction in the upper Midwest. With decades of federal protection, their numbers rebounded. That led federal authorities in January to remove the wolves from the Endangered Species list, placing them under state control.
To help manage the population, the state Department of Natural Resources has authorized a wolf hunt, the first ever in Minnesota, starting Nov. 3.
But the hunt's been challenged in court and on the airwaves by opponents who question its wisdom and necessity.October 18, 2012