Minnesota’s Wolf Population stable since Last Year

Minnesota’s Wolf Population stable since Last Year

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in its survey released on Monday asserted that the state had around 2,278 wolves last winter, a number higher than last year, which wasaround 2,221. Overall, the wolf population is in healthy state.

The wolf packs have increased over the same period for good. Last year, there were 374 packs; the number now has climbed to 439 packs this year. The rise was outcome of the possible fact that the big carnivores have to travel less to find their food, whitetail deer.

An average pack covered about 62 square milesas per this survey that is less from 73 square miles for the previous year. This also indicated that number of deer may have climbed after witnessing a fall in the year 2012 and 2013.

The stability in the wolf population in Minnesota has resulted from efforts to reintroduce federal wolf protections two years ago. The state wolves were exposed to hunting and trapping seasons for many years, before being again listed under the federal endangered species list in December 2014.

“This survey shows that there’s no need to hunt wolves to manage their numbers because pressures like disease, road mortality, illegal killings and depredation control (federal trapping) continue to strain the wolf population”, said Collette Adkins, a Minnesota-based biologist and attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity.

Minimum population of the wolf to be not considered endangered in 1,600. The wolf has managed to exceed the number for quite some time now. In fact, the state has most wolves in a state, except Alaska. Wolf hunting and trapping has reduced Minnesota’s wolf population by 25%. The population has not return to its earlier state even with federal protection.