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Wolf hunt: Nearly three-dozen registered kills after first day

Minnesota hunters registered 32 wolves on the opening day of the state’s first managed wolf hunt in nearly 40 years, the Star Tribune reported. The Department of Natural Resources plans to let hunters and trappers kill 400 wolves out of an estimated population of about 3,000. The limit for early season hunters is 200 wolves.
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Minnesota hunters registered 32 wolves on the opening day of the state’s first managed wolf hunt in nearly 40 years, the Star Tribune reported.

See the updated number of wolf kills here.

The Duluth News Tribune reports Lyle Wilson of Pine Island, Minn., became one of the first hunters in Minnesota to register a wolf on Saturday in Grand Marais.

The wolf hunt drew protests from two national groups -- The Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals -- which sued to protect the wolves last month.

In addition, the efforts by the Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves to block the wolf hunt were struck down by the Minnesota Supreme Court last week.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources plans to let hunters and trappers kill 400 wolves out of an estimated population of about 3,000. The limit for early season hunters is 200 wolves.

Saturday morning also marked the opening of deer hunting season in Minnesota.

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