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Wolf population through the year

Minnesota and Wisconsin estimate their wolf populations during mid-winter, when the populations are typically at their lowest. Here’s what happens through the year after that, using Minnesota’s estimated 3,000 wolves as an example.

“If our estimate is 500 packs, and we believe almost all wolf packs will have pups, that could add as many as 2,500 pups on the ground, or an average of five per pack,” said John Erb, furbearer research biologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “That’s not far from a doubling of the population.”

That population then will start dwindling through the year as mortality sets in or animals disperse, Erb said…

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