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A pack of eight wolves pauses along a frozen waterway in northern Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources uses aerial observations of gray wolves to help determine population estimates for the species. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources photo

DNR counts wolves in Minnesota

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It’s a daunting assignment for a wildlife biologist: Count one of the most elusive creatures that roam the north woods.

That’s John Erb’s task. He’s trying to determine how many gray wolves live in Minnesota. Erb is the furbearer research biologist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at Grand Rapids. He’s currently directing the state’s first wolf population estimate since 2007-2008.

He knows what he’s up against.

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