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DNR: Minnesota Wolf Population Down Slightly; Packs Grow in Size

posted Sep 5, 2015, 4:39 PM by chloe owens

8/10/15, by Dan Kraker, MPR News

DNR: Minnesota wolf population down slightly; packs grow in size

The count from this past winter estimates 2,221 wolves in the state.  That’s down about 200 wolves from last year’s survey, but it’s nearly identical to the 2013 count, said DNR wolf research scientist John Erb.  “Our wolf population remains healthy.  Our wolf range encompasses a very large area of the state and that in itself is a positive attribute that helps ensure good conservation status,” Erb said.  The biggest change is in the number of wolf packs.  Researchers estimated 374 packs this past winter.