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A different kind of wolf hunt: Minnesota DNR counts the state’s elusive wolves

It’s a daunting assignment for a wildlife biologist: Count one of the most elusive creatures that roam the north woods.

That’s John Erb’s task. He’s trying to determine how many gray wolves live in Minnesota. Erb is the furbearer research biologist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at Grand Rapids. He’s directing the state’s first wolf population estimate since 2007-08.

He knows what he’s up against.

“Trying to count wolves is a challenging thing,” Erb said. “When you’re talking about 30,000 square miles (of wolf range), and it’s a secretive animal, there are always going to be uncertainties.”

But he believes the DNR’s survey methods are sound and that the state’s wolf population estimates are good…

Read the entire article on duluthnewstribune.com: A different kind of wolf hunt: Minnesota DNR counts the state’s elusive wolves

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