Deer and Wolf Population Numbers Higher Than Last Year 26 Sep 17

Deer density in Minnesota’s wolf range has increased and with prey numbers on the increase, so are the number of wolves.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released a report on the latest survey indicating deer numbers have risen 22%  since 2015-2016.  The results from the latest wolf population from 2016-2017 has gone up 25%. After remaining stable during a four year period, estimates put wolf pack numbers at 439 and the wolf population at 2,278.

This puts the population above the state’s minimum goal of 1,600 wolves and also above the federal recovery level of 1,250 to 1,400. The survey also indicated packs were slightly larger and used smaller territories.