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Plenty of applications for Minnesota wolf hunt

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — More than 23,000 people have applied for permits to hunt wolves this fall when Minnesota opens its first season since the gray wolf came off the endangered species list.

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Almost all the applicants were from Minnesota, but state officials say they got paperwork from 33 states. North Dakota led in non-resident applications.

Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chris Niskanen says a computer lottery will award 6,000 licenses by the middle of next month. The statewide hunt has a quota of 400 wolves, and after it's reached the hunt is ended.

Minnesota's early wolf hunt starts Nov. 3 to coincide with the deer firearms season.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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