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Two Minnesota men indicted over untimely wolf kills

MINNEAPOLIS — Just months before the state Department of Natural Resources is planning to let hunters harvest 400 wolves in Minnesota, a federal grand jury in Minneapolis has indicted two men in an alleged conspiracy to cover up the killing of two of the animals ahead of schedule.According to the indictment, which was handed up Monday, Kyler James Jensen, 31, of Silver Bay, Minn., killed two gray wolves on Feb. 17, 2010, which at the time would have been a violation of the Endangered Species Act.

Gray wolves were removed from the list of endangered species in January and the Minnesota Legislature approved a controversial plan to let hunters and trappers cull the state’s thriving wolf packs. Wildlife biologists say killing up to 400 wolves won’t harm the wolf population in Minnesota.

That wasn’t the law, though, when Jensen allegedly killed the wolves in Minnesota’s Superior National Forest…

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