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MN to release wolf count

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Jul 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Minnesota officials are planning to release results of a survey of the state's population of gray wolves.

The Department of Natural Resources will discuss the survey in a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Minnesota resumed sport hunting and trapping of wolves last fall, after the region's wolves came off the endangered species list. The hunt was held over opposition from wolf advocacy groups.

Hunters and trappers killed 413 wolves during the season that ended in January. The DNR has said it would make decisions about this year's hunt after completing the population survey.

The DNR sets a minimum winter population of at least 1,600 wolves, and says fewer would trigger management actions to reverse a population decline.

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