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Minn. ranchers laud wolf hunt, but say it won’t help save livestock

AITKIN, Minn. — A few weeks ago, rancher Dale Lueck noticed four wolves emerge from the trees that surround his 300-acre ranch full of knee-high grass just a few miles north of Mille Lacs Lake.

They were stalking a calf that had strayed away from the herd.

“The calf was just standing there staring at them. He was just mesmerized,” said Lueck, who owns 60 cattle on the ranch that’s been in the family for generations.

Lueck grabbed his rifle, but he was too far away to get a good shot. He sent a bullet flying into the dirt near the wolves, and they backed away.

“The big thing about what happened on that Sunday morning was I at least had the opportunity to defend my livestock,” Lueck said…

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