A ruffed grouse hunter killed a wolf that he said chased his hunting dog near Park Rapids, Minn.
“The dog ran back to the hunter with the wolf on its heels,” reported state conservation officer Sam Hunter, who said the hunter used a shotgun loaded with birdshot to kill the wolf last week. “The hunter shot the wolf at about eight yards as it was coming directly at him and his dog.”
Although the state’s first wolf hunting season doesn’t begin until Nov. 3, people are allowed to kill wolves to protect themselves or if the wolf poses an “immediate threat” to pets or livestock.
The hunter notified the Department of Natural Resources of the incident and will not be cited.