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Wolf hunt: Minnesota vs. Wisconsin

Both Minnesota and Wisconsin are moving into the second year of sanctioned wolf hunts, but the wolf population and state policies differ significantly. We've compared some of the numbers below. For more information on the concerns biologists are raising with the kill quota, read the report MinnPost republished from The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

Minnesota Wisconsin
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2,211 wolves
Estimated population
815 wolves
Estimated population
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70,579 km2
Occupied range in Minnesota
30,528 km2
Occupied range in Wisconsin

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2012 Wolf Hunt
413
MN wolves killed
103% of 400 quota
117
WI wolves killed
58% of 201 quota1
199 (48%) trapped
214 (52%) hunted
61 (52%) trapped
56 (48%) hunted
2013 Wolf Hunt

Nov. 9–23
Nov. 30–Jan. 31

77 days

Oct. 15–Feb. 28
137 days
220
Kill quota
275
Kill quota2
Target Population
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1,600 wolves
Minimum (no maximum)
350 wolves


1In the 2012 wolf hunt, 85 of Wisconsin's total 201-wolf quota were reserved for American Indian tribes in the ceded lands portion of northern Wisconsin. Because wolves have religious significance to these groups, none of the 85 were killed. Back
224 of these wolves are reserved for American Indian tribes and are not expected to be killed. Back
Gun designed by Ammar Ceker; Wolf designed by Rodny Lobos; Calendar designed by Lemon Liu, all from The Noun Project.


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