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Evidence from the field suggests high numbers
The Minnesota wolf hunt has generated considerable controversy. For the record, I’m neutral on the hunt. My only intent is to provide a data point coming directly from the field in northern Minnesota.
As a grouse hunter, I traveled hundreds of miles on gravel roads this fall, much of it walking. I couldn’t help noticing an abundance of scat on the roads and trails. A number of times, I saw a classic sign that it was left by a wolf: embedded deer hair. What is more amazing, however, was the frequency with which I saw wolf scat. I’m theorizing the wolves are using roads as their primary travel routes, since it is a much easier way to cover a lot of ground. I also saw a timber wolf up close while traveling in my vehicle, and a black wolf last winter while snowmobiling. We also hear wolves howling at night where we live on the Iron Range.
I’ve hunted grouse for nearly 50 years in northern Minnesota, and what I see is nothing short of an explosion in the wolf population.
PATRICK BLOOMFIELD, Chisholm, Minn.
Editor's note: A previous version of this article contained a letter referring to the issuance of moose-hunting permits. The state Department of Natural Resources has said that it will not allow further moose hunting unless the population of the species recovers.
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