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Minnesota sees fewer applicants for wolf hunting licenses

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The allure of shooting or trapping a wolf in Minnesota may be declining.

Applications for Minnesota’s wolf hunting and trapping licenses dropped by almost half this year, said Dan Stark, large carnivore specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


Last year, the inaugural year of Minnesota’s formal wolf hunt, about 23,500 hunters and trappers applied for licenses, Stark said. This year, that number dropped to about 13,000.

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