Created: 12/30/2013 4:50 PM WDIO.com
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's wolf season has closed more than a month early.
The season closed Saturday after hunters killed a total of 237 wolves -17 more than the target harvest set by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The season was to run until Jan. 31, or until the 220-wolf target harvest was reached.
The Star Tribune reports officials are not concerned that the quota was exceeded.
Minnesota's east-central wolf zone was closed Saturday after hunters had registered nine wolves. The target in that zone was 10.
The northwest and northeast wolf zones were closed earlier.
Minnesota's wolf season is split into two - an early hunting-only season that coincides with the firearms deer season, and a late hunting and trapping season.
Information from: Star Tribune
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Suspects In Custody After UMD Gun Scare; Students Call Alert Confusing
A gun scare at UMD closed down Kirby Drive near campus for about an hour Thursday morning. Students were notified via email and text message, but some said the alert was confusing. University Police said they were called to the Kirby Plaza Bus Hub where a witness saw two suspects with what looked like a weapon.
3 Iron Range Departments Battle Chisholm House Fire
Three fire departments responded to a blaze at a Chisholm home Thursday night. According to Pete Makowski with the Northland FireWire, emergency crews were called to the home on the 300 block of 10th Street Northwest around 7:30 p.m.
Ely Bear Researcher Lynn Rogers Defends Method
Minnesota bear researcher Lynn Rogers is defending his methods as he tries to win back his research permit. Rogers testified Thursday at an administrative hearing. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Rogers says while the bears he studies may be habituated to people from feeding, the animals aren't more dangerous.
Minn. Lawmakers Mount New Push Against Sunday Liquor Ban
A Democratic state senator and Republican representative are offering fellow legislators a range of different routes to what they say is an inevitable destination: repeal of Minnesota's prohibition on Sunday liquor sales. Democrat Roger Reinert of Duluth and Republican Jenifer Loon of Eden Prairie are teaming up to weaken or scrap the ban. They laid out their strategy at a press conference Thursday.
Minn. House Backs $500M Tax-Cut Bill
The Minnesota House has given overwhelming approval to a $500 million package of tax cuts and repeals. Thursday's 126-2 vote comes just more than a week into the legislative session. The bill heads to the Senate, where leaders haven't publicly embraced the plan.