UNDATED -- For the first time in 38 years, hunters and trappers in Minnesota will be able to harvest wolves this fall.

In 1974 the federal government put wolves on the Endangered Species List. But, their populations rebounded and wolves were ultimately de-listed and returned to state management this January.

Minnesota's first regulated wolf season is a divided issue. Some think wolves should be protected, while others think they are scavengers which feed on farm animals and pets.

Steve Merchant is the DNR's Wildlife Populations Program Manager. He says they have set up a plan that gives hunters the opportunity to harvest wolves while protecting their existence.

Minnesota's wolf population is estimated at 3,000 and the state's harvest will allow for 400 of the animals to be taken.

The wolf hunting season coincides with the deer hunting season November 24th.