The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources could open a wolf hunting season as early as next fall. That's because the Great Lakes gray wolf was removed from the federal Endangered Species list yesterday.
As part of last July's negotiations to end the state government shutdown, the governor and lawmakers changed Minnesota's wolf management plan to allow for hunting once the wolf was delisted. Public hearings would still have to happen before any hunting season begins.
Just a few other states in the West allow for wolf hunting. Idaho opened its hunting season in 2009. MPR's Cathy Wurze spoke with John Rachael, who works with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and who manages the wolf hunt there.