News‎ > ‎

DNR Estimates Surge in Wolf Population in Minnesota

posted Oct 23, 2017, 3:27 PM by chloe owens

9/26/17, by Josephine Marcotty and Paul Walsh

DNR estimates surge in wolf population in Minnesota

he number of wolves in northeast Minnesota jumped 25 percent in the past year, most likely because deer, their favorite prey, saw a similar increase in population. After remaining stable during the past four years, the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) annual wolf survey for 2016-17 found there were roughly 500 wolf packs and 2,856 wolves. That’s up from 439 packs and 2,278 animals from the previous year, but it’s still not as high as it was between 2004 and 2008, when the population was about 3,000.