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Controversy over Minnesota wolf hunting continues as season ends

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota’s first wolf hunt may have ended but the controversy around it has not. In total 411 wolves were taken during the hunting season, just a little over the DNR’s target of 400.

Dan Stark with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said they expected final numbers to fluctuate but overall the debut season went well.

“The rate at which wolves were taken per day actually increased throughout the season, whereas with deer, the majority of deer are taken the very first weekend and then there’s a decline throughout the season,” Stark said.

When it was proposed the hunt sparked several protests and continued to do so after it was approved.

“We can’t really afford to kill our wolves,” Maureen Hackett, founder of Howling for Wolves, which opposed the hunt, said…

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