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Continued: Long shot: Bemidji college student bags wolf in an unlikely way

  • Article by: DOUG SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 4, 2013 - 12:21 PM

Better lucky than good

Seagren grew up in the Twin Cities area and is studying biology and wildlife management at Bemidji State. He is also president of the student chapter of the Wildlife Society.

He hopes to become a wildlife biologist.

“I’d like to work with moose or wolves or deer,” he said.

An avid hunter, he applied last year for the late-season wolf season and figures he spent perhaps 20 days afield.

“I hunted hard,” he said. But never got a shot.

“It’s a challenge,” he said of hunting wolves. “They’re definitely smarter than any other animal I’ve hunted. It’s also just an excuse to get out in the woods.”

He doesn’t believe the state’s new wolf season will boost whitetail deer numbers, or hurt the wolf population.

“I like seeing them; they’re gorgeous animals,” he said. A wolf season, he said, “seems like a good management tool.”

This year, Seagren applied for the early wolf season, because he will be on an internship in Hawaii in January studying humpback whales. He hunted about 12 days, shot a deer the second weekend of the season, and then solely targeted a wolf.

He knows how difficult it is even to see a wolf, never mind stumbling upon one while moving through the woods.

“I couldn’t believe I got it on the last day of the season,” he said.

So what does a college student do with a wolf pelt?

“I might get a full-body mount,” Seagren said. “I’ll maybe put it in our cabin, or maybe my room.”

 

Doug Smith • dsmith@startribune.com

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