Minnesota's first wolf hunt


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.

  • DNR closing east-central wolf zone Friday
    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is closing the state's smallest wolf hunting and trapping zone effective Friday evening.December 13, 2012
  • Bridget HartWhy I can't support Minnesota's season on wolves
    If it's supposed to be part of a sound wolf management plan, it doesn't make sense.December 12, 2012
  • Jacob CrimA hunting season on wolves was the right and ethical choice
    It's not shaping up as the mindless slaughter protesters would have us imagine.December 7, 2012
  • Wolf hunt protestGroups sponsor rally against Minn. wolf hunt
    Opponents of wolf hunting planned to hold a rally on the Iron Range on Saturday to protest the state's first ongoing managed wolf hunt.December 1, 2012
  • Demonstrating trapsTrappers take turn in 2nd part of wolf season
    Minnesota hunters and trappers killed 17 wolves over the weekend, which marked the start of the second half of the state's first managed wolf season.November 26, 2012
  • Joe Edminster talks to Koltin WagnerPhotos: 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
  • Jim Gerold and wolf trophyHunters kill more wolves than expected as first phase of season ends
    There are 147 fewer wolves in northern Minnesota forests today. That's the final tally for the early wolf hunting season that ended Sunday. Hunters and trappers will get another chance when the second part of the season begins on Saturday.November 19, 2012
  • Bryan Heiney and his wolfHunters 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
  • Trotting wolf66 wolves killed in opening days of hunt
    Minnesota wolf hunters have killed 66 wolves as of 10 p.m. Monday in the first weekend of the state's first regulated wolf hunt.November 5, 2012
  • Bob ShimekOjibwe members protest Minn. wolf hunt
    A few Ojibwe tribal members spent part of the weekend protesting Minnesota's first managed wolf hunt, which began Saturday.November 4, 2012
  • Wolf hunt protestHunting season opens amid wave of gear sales
    Minnesota's firearms deer season began Saturday. The season has a big impact on the retailers who sell hunting gear.November 3, 2012
  • Matt BreuerMinn. wolf hunters face tough odds of bringing home a pelt
    It's been nearly 40 years since the federal government banned wolf hunting and placed the animals on the endangered species list. Today, few people know how to effectively hunt the elusive predator.November 2, 2012
  • Wolf in woodsMost 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
  • Trotting wolfOjibwe 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
  • John ErbMinn., Wis. wolf hunts show different approaches to management
    When it comes to wolves, Minnesota and Wisconsin have a lot in common -- in fact, Wisconsin's wolves probably migrated from Minnesota. But differences in the hunts point up divergent approaches to wolf management.October 29, 2012
  • Howard GoldmanIt's a mistake to start down the path of killing wolves again
    We shouldn't speak of a wolf 'harvest,' as though wolves were stalks of corn.October 26, 2012
  • Mark JohnsonA limited harvest is an important element of wolf management
    For hunters, the wolf season offers an intimate way to connect with nature.October 30, 2012
  • John ErbDNR 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

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