Hunters reported fifty-six wolves killed in the opening weekend of Minnesota's first wolf hunting season, said the Department of Natural Resources.
Thirty-two wolves were killed Saturday and 18 killed Sunday, reported the Star Tribune. Only six have been reported for Monday.
Minnesota's wolves were removed from the endangered species list last January, reported the Pioneer Press. A quota of 400 wolves has been set for the season, reported the Pioneer Press - 200 in the early hunting season that aligns with deer season and 200 in the late hunting-and-trapping season.
Several animal rights groups have protested the new hunting season, including Howling for Wolves and the Northwoods Wolf Alliance near Duluth and Cloquet, reported the Pioneer Press. Other groups are planning to sue the Department of Natural Resources in order to place the state's wolves back on the endangered species list.