The first half of Minnesota's inaugural wolf hunt closed Sunday, Nov. 18, with fewer than 150 wolves killed, according to Department of Natural Resources numbers.
The DNR set a quota for 200 wolves allowed to be culled, with only 147 killed in the 15-day "early season." The northwest zone had 78 wolves killed, followed by the northeast with 61 and the east central zone with eight.
The east central zone was closed Nov. 5 and the northeast was closed Nov. 14 as the regions approached or exceeded individual targets, the DNR said.
A late season, which also has a quota of 200 wolves, will run from Nov. 24 to Jan. 31.
Applicants not selected in this year’s early or late season wolf license lottery can purchase a surplus hunting or trapping license on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at noon today.