Posted at: 12/13/2012 12:28 PM
Updated at: 12/13/2012 3:03 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is closing the state's smallest wolf hunting and trapping zone effective Friday evening.
The DNR says nine wolves have been taken in the east-central zone, where the quota is 10 for the late season, which opened Nov. 24. The DNR also says late-season hunters and trappers have now taken 48 wolves in the northeast zone, which is coming close to the zone's maximum of 56.
That raises the possibility that officials may close the northeast zone before the season sends Jan. 31. However, the harvest in the less forested northwest zone now stands at 57, well below the target of 187.
This season is Minnesota's first managed wolf hunt since the animals in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan came off the endangered list in January. To check the number of wolves killed, and to get the latest information on which zones are open, visit the Minnesota DNR website.
Fifth wolf hunting zone closing in Wisconsin
A fifth wolf-hunting zone is closing in Wisconsin, leaving just one open.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that hunting and trapping of wolves in Zone 6 covering most of the southern two-thirds of the state will be closing at 5 p.m. Friday.
That leaves just Zone 3 in central Wisconsin open to wolf hunting. The quota in that zone was 18 wolves and seven have been harvested.
The quota in Zone 6 was 18 wolves. The 18th wolf was harvested on Wednesday, which triggered the closing process.
The goal was to harvest 116 wolves during the state's inaugural hunt this year which began Oct. 15 and will close Feb. 28 or when harvest goals are reached.
Zone 6 covers most of southern and central Wisconsin, extending into southern Burnett and Washburn counties. A complete map is available on the Wisconsin DNR website.
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