Minnesota's wolf hunting season begins November 3

Minnesota's first-ever regulated wolf hunting season is officially starting this November.

Our state is home to about 3,000 gray wolves, according to the Department of Natural Resources, up from 750 in the 1950s.

In January, the wolf was removed from the federal protective species list, and returned to the state's management.

As the DNR announced today, wolf hunting will be split up into two seasons. The first will coincide with deer hunting season, which begins November 3, followed by a late hunting and trapping season.

A total of 6,000 licenses will be granted: 3,600 for the early season and 2,400 for the late season. Licenses will cost $30 for Minnesota residents and $250 for out-of-state hunters.

Anticipating a long line of people wanting to participate, the licenses will be allocated through a lottery system. One license gets a hunter one wolf. The second season ends January 6, 2013 or when the quota of 400 dead wolves is met, depending on which comes first.

See also: -- Controversial wolf hunting season may debut this year

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