ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Department of Natural Resources is closing the late wolf hunting-and-trapping season in northwestern Minnesota.

The DNR's website says the northwest zone will close at the end of shooting hours Tuesday evening. Hunters and trappers in that zone had registered 79 wolves by Tuesday afternoon, just three short of the zone's nonbinding target of 82.

The DNR on Friday closed the northeast zone, where hunters and trappers registered 40 wolves, five over the zone's nonbinding target of 35 for the late season.

The east-central zone remains open. One wolf has been registered there compared with a target of nine.

Hunters and trappers have now registered 120 wolves for the late hunting-and-trapping season, which opened Nov. 29.

Hunters took 124 wolves in Minnesota's early hunting-only season, which ended Nov. 15.

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