Updated: 12/27/2013 4:33 PM KSTP.com By: Megan Stewart
The 2014 wolf hunting and trapping season in northwestern Minnesota comes to a close Friday, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
By Thursday evening, hunters and trappers harvested 86 wolves. This number is three wolves 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 Friday.
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 Jan. 31, 2014, or whenever the target harvest is expected to be met, the DNR said.
As of Friday, 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 harvested 37 wolves. During the early hunting season, which concluded Nov. 25, hunters harvested 32 of 33 wolves in the northeast; 56 of 73 wolves in the northwest; and no wolves in the east-central zone.
Complete wolf hunting information, including a map of the wolf zones, is available here.
Information about wolf management is available here.