Updating Minnesota's wolf plan

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is updating the state’s wolf management plan and has looked to the public for input.

To that end, the agency selected members for a wolf plan advisory committee to help inform the update to the management plan. The committee is one of several ways the DNR is engaging with the public on the plan.

The DNR has also gathered input through:


  • Online comments: An online questionnaire and forums were available in the fall of 2020. Staff are analyzing results of these public input opportunities. 
  • Virtual open houses: Events took place in the fall of 2020. Video from the events is available.
  • Input from a technical panel of state, federal and tribal wolf experts.
  • Public attitude survey: The survey is complete and available online.

The DNR believes it is critical to have all voices about wolves at the table during this process. With the public’s input, DNR can effectively evaluate how the wolf management plan is working and identify what may need to be improved.

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Wolf plan update process

More about updating Minnesota's wolf management plan.

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Wolf populations in Minnesota

How the DNR estimates the population of a species that prefers not to be seen and lives largely in heavily forested areas.

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Hunting and trapping discussions

Minnesotans have diverse attitudes about the topic of wolf hunting and trapping.


Living with wolves

Finding solutions to conflicts between wolves and people.

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Wolves, deer and moose

The wolf population in Minnesota is linked closely to the populations of deer and moose. Learn about the balance between wolves, deer and moose.

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Minnesotans' attitudes about wolves

Learn about a study that identifies Minnesotans’ attitudes toward wolves and wolf management.

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Wolf plan advisory committee

Twenty Minnesotans represent a range of perspectives on this advisory committee.

More information

Adopted in 2001, the state’s wolf management plan provides the framework that guides the state’s decisions about wolf regulations, population monitoring, management, conflicts, enforcement, damage control, education, research and other issues. The update of the plan is being done independently of any federal action on the status of wolves under the Endangered Species Act. Learn more about wolves in Minnesota and the state's unique wolf history.

Questions about the wolf management plan update or the advisory committee should be directed to the DNR's large carnivore specialist, Dan Stark