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Trappers eager for a chance at Minnesota wolves

By Tom Robertson

Minnesota Public Radio

BEMIDJI — In some ways, 61-year-old Tim Ewert was born a few hundred years too late.

Fascinated by stories of French voyageurs and trappers who first came to Minnesota in the late 1600s, Ewert is a professional trapper who also sells mink oil, hand-crafted baskets and wooden bows. He even makes voyageur-style canoes and participates in historic reenactments.

Ewert, of rural Bemidji, has trapped most of his life and pursues all sorts of animals. He’s among those who are eager for the chance to hunt wolves and thinks experienced trappers would have the best chance of success.

“You have to know the every day, day-to-day, hour-to-hour habits of that animal to catch them,” Ewert said.

The state Department of Natural Resources has proposed letting hunters and trappers kill 400 wolves this fall. State lawmakers must approve the plan, which is vigorously opposed by some Ojibwe Indians.

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