DULUTH, Minn., Dec. 29 (UPI) — Minnesota has offered a $1,000 reward for information on the killers of two wolves shot during the deer season in the northern part of the state, officials say.
The state has a wolf population estimated at around 3,000. Officials have been receiving more complaints from hunters who blame the wolves for a drop in the number of deer, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
The dead wolves were both killed in early November, one near Grand Raids and the other in the area of Two Harbors on Lake Superior.
Wolves are listed as an endangered species under federal law. But the protection of the U.S. government has not spared the small number of wolves killed illegally in recent years.
“It doesn’t surprise me given the almost hysteria over the number of wolves and decline in deer population,” said Dennis Simon, Department of Natural Resources wildlife management section chief, said of the killings.
Wildlife officials blame the drop in deer numbers on recent bad winters and more liberal hunting rules.
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