ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota wildlife managers say fewer
wolves are being shot or trapped for predator control.
Department of Natural Resources wolf specialist Dan Stark
told a legislative hearing Jan. 28 the number of wolves killed because they were
preying on livestock fell from 295 in 2012 to 127 last year.
Stark attributed the decline to the mild winter of
2011-2012. He said wolf depredation on livestock tends to increase during mild
winters that make it harder for wolves to hunt deer.
The hearing room was packed with opponents who want the
state to suspend wolf hunting and trapping, which resumed in 2012. Opponents
questioned the accuracy of the state’s estimate of the wolf population of 2,211
as of last winter.
Minnesota hunters and trappers killed 413 wolves in 2012 and
237 last year.
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