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Wolves to be Hunted in Minnesota

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Minnesota is home to the largest wolf population in the continental United States, with nearly 3,000. After wolves were released from the endangered species list in January of this year, The state announced it's first ever wolf season.

The Minnesota DNR is allowing 400 wolfs to be killed in three hunting zones. Although this is not an ideal outcome for those who love animals or care for wolfs, it actually has it's benefits to the species.

Nicole Lee, head wolf keeper at the Red River Zoo says, "it assists Minnesota DNR with the ability to continue wolf research," through funding they would receive from the sale of hunting licenses.

Hunting for wolves will open as early as Saturday November 3rd in Minnesota's North West, North East, and East Central Zones.  

Wolves are also in the spotlight this week as National Wolf Awareness week gets underway. A week designed to celebrate and educate the public about the species.

The Red River Zoo is hosting several events for the week including:

Wednesday, October 17th from 7:00-8:00 p.m.- Feast or Famine: Learn more about the gray wolf's hunting and feeding behavior and then watch the wolves as they have their evening meal, a full deer carcass!   

Thursday, October 18th, 1:00-3:00 p.m.- Wild About Wolves: What better way for K-grade 6 children to celebrate Wolf Awareness Week then being up close and personal with the wolves? Come spend the afternoon in the wolf cabin and learn some wolf pack facts, play bingo, and test your wolf senses.  Eat a tasty snack then make treat boxes for the wolves and watch them destroy them! 

Saturday, October 20th, 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. - Wolf Awareness Activity Day: Throughout the day in the wolf cabin, visitors will have the opportunity to learn wolf facts, play wolf bingo, make wolf masks, test their wolf senses, howl like a wolf, visit wolf holding and participate in wolf enrichment activities! Visitors can also receive a free Wolf Awareness Day poster!

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