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DNR planning logistics of first wolf hunt in 38 years

The state Department of Natural Resources is working out details  for a hunting and trapping seasons for the no-longer-endangered wolves.

Now that Gov. Mark Dayton has signed the Game and Fish Bill that authorizes a wolf hunt in Minnesota, the state Department of Natural Resources is working out the details for hunting and trapping seasons.

The DNR is proposing a limit of 400 wolves the first year. The federal government removed the wolf from the endangered species list last year, and the Legislature quickly followed with approval for the first wolf hunt in the state in 38 years.

The Duluth News Tribune looked at some of the planned logistics, which still must be finalized:

  • 6,000 licenses will be issued to take up to 400 wolves, half from hunting and half from trapping.
  • Hunting licenses for the season starting Nov. 3 will cost $30 for residents and $250 for nonresidents.
  • Trapping licenses, available to residents only for a likely Nov. 24 to Jan. 5 trapping season, will cost $30.
  • Separate lotteries will select hunters and trappers.
  • To avoid going over the limit, hunters and trappers would have to register their animals the same day they are taken and they would be required to monitor a telephone hot line or online site to check the harvest status