Minnesota DNR Says Wolf Population Down Slightly
The Minnesota DNR tells the Associated Press that the state’s wolf population has declined nearly 25 percent over the last five years but still remains above goals.
Population estimates released Tuesday show there were 2,211 wolves in Minnesota last winter, down from an estimate of 2,921 wolves in 2008. The current population is still far above the state’s minimum goal of 1,600 wolves. The Associated Press Reports the DNR plans to more closely monitor pack and territory sizes over the next few years.
In a statement, the DNR said that the results from the 2013 wolf survey continue to demonstrate that Minnesota’s wolf population is fully recovered from its once threatened status and the population is responding naturally to the availability of deer, wolves’ primary food source.
A total of 413 wolves were killed in Minnesota’s controversial Wolf Hunt his past winter and the DNR intends to hold another wolf hunt this fall and winter.