Gray Wolf numbers in the Upper Midwest are growing despite more opportunities to hunt the animals.
A recent report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows that gray wolf numbers in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan are on the rise. Wolf hunting is allowed in Wisconsin and Minnesota but hotly contested in Michigan.
Even with more wolf hunting in the region, the number of gray wolves in the three-state area has grown from 3,678 during 2012-2013 to 3,719 in 2013-2014.
Minnesota wildlife officials say there are 2,400 within the state’s borders. Minnesota will issue 500 more wolf hunting licenses for this year’s remaining two wolf hunts.