MN DNR outlines wolf plan as endangered species status expires

WDIO
Updated: January 04, 2021 10:36 PM
Created: January 04, 2021 04:34 PM

Gray wolves have been delisted as an endangered species as of Monday.

Minnesota will now recognize two management zones. The northeastern part of the state has more protections for wolves. The southern two-thirds of the state has more flexibility to manage the population.

In Zone A, the northeastern portion of the state, people who own livestock or other animals can kill wolves that pose "an immediate threat" to their animals on their property. The DNR says that "immediate threat" means the owner observed a wolf stalking, attacking or killing their animal.

If the wolf is shot or killed, animal owners should report it to the DNR within 48 hours. The carcass must be surrendered to a conservation officer.

In Zone B, the southern two-thirds of Minnesota, there does not have to be an immediate threat. A person may shoot or kill a wolf to protect livestock or animals at any time. They still must report the wolf death and surrender the carcass. 

Zone B animal owners may use a state-certified trap to catch wolves within one mile of their land. 

State law allows anyone to take out a wolf who is threatening human life. 

The DNR reports that Minnesota has the largest gray wolf population in the lower 48 states. An estimated 2,700 wolves live across 40,000 square miles in northern and central Minnesota. 

There are more details on the DNR's wolf management page

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