DNR to inspect wolf carcasses

Bryan Heiney and his wolf
Bryan Heiney of Duluth killed this wolf at about noon Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 in southern Koochiching County, Minn., on the third day of the state's first wolf hunting season.
Photo courtesy of Bryan Heiney

Minnesota's first managed wolf hunting season is under way, and at last check, 69 wolves have been killed since Saturday.

Hunters who bag a wolf are subject to a mandatory wolf carcass inspection. This means they will need to remove the pelt from the carcass and bring both in for inspection to their local Department of Natural Resources office.

The DNR is using the carcasses to collect data which helps them survey the wolf population in Minnesota. John Erb, a research biologist with the DNR, discussed what they hope to learn from the wolf carcasses.

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