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Minnesota wolf hunt adds 500 licenses over last year

DULUTH - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Thursday announced the state’s 2014 wolf hunting and trapping season, adding 500 additional licenses over last year’s total and increasing the number of wolves that can be killed.

The DNR said it will make 3,800 hunting and trapping licenses available and will allow up to 250 wolves to be killed, up from 220 last year.

The DNR said Thursday that a winter population survey showed the state’s wolf population can sustain a more liberal hunting and trapping harvest.

The DNR estimated 2,423 wolves lived in Minnesota’s wolf range this past winter, 212 more wolves than estimated in early 2013.

The first wolf season will run Nov. 8-23, the same as the northern deer hunting season. A second hunting season is set for Nov. 29 to Jan. 31, the same as wolf trapping season. The seasons will close early if harvest quotas are reached.

Hunters and trappers can apply for wolf licenses, which are awarded in a lottery, starting Aug. 1.

The bag limit is one wolf and licenses are not zone-specific. Wolf license fees are $30 for residents and $250 for nonresidents. There is a $4 application fee.

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