Posted at: 11/14/2012 4:05 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The state is closing the early wolf hunting season in northeastern Minnesota at the end of shooting hours Thursday.
The Department of Natural Resources says that's because hunters have nearly reached the zone's harvest target of 58 wolves. Fifty-seven were registered as of Wednesday afternoon.
Hunters in all three zones have registered 125 wolves so far. The harvest target is 200 wolves for the early season.
Much of the northwest zone is expected to remain open through Sunday, although the season closed along the western and southern edges of the northwest zone this past Sunday when the deer season ended there. The DNR closed the east-central zone Nov. 5 after hunters took eight of that zone's target of nine wolves.
A separate late wolf hunting-and trapping season opens Nov. 24.
DNR wolf hunting information: http://www.mndnr.gov/hunting/wolf
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