Minnesota has the largest wolf population in the lower 48 states, with an estimated 3,000 wolves residing in our state (MN DNR). When wolves were removed from the federal threatened and endangered species, wolf population management became the responsibility of individual states. The MN DNR decided this year to manage our wolf population by enabling hunters to buy permits to hunt wolves in two seasons this winter. Since the wolf hunt began in November, there has been outcry from animal rights activists across the state. Ojibwe tribal members have declared the White Earth Indian Reservation off limits to wolf hunting, calling the area a “wolf sanctuary,” and reminding state officials that wolves carry great cultural significance in Ojibwe culture. In honor of the wolves being hunted and killed in Minnesota this month, the Sea Wolf ran a special on wolf tattoos during the month of November. Please check back on the website or follow the Sea Wolf Facebook page to see more wolf tattoos we did this month! To learn more about wolf hunting in MN, check out the MN DNR,¬†and to learn more about what you can do to help protect wolves check out Howling for Wolves