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International wolf experts to gather in Duluth

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DULUTH -- As Minnesota and Wisconsin get ready to hold their second annual wolf hunting and trapping seasons, wolf experts from around the world will gather in Duluth this weekend to talk about the future of wolves and their relationships with people.

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The symposium, “Wolves and Humans at the Crossroads,” is sponsored by the Minnesota-based International Wolf Center. The four-day gathering begins today.

It’s the fifth global wolf symposium sponsored by the wolf center over the past 25 years, but the first one since 2005 and, with more than 450 people registered, by far the largest.

Presenters and keynote speakers represent top wolf experts from 19 nations, including Jamie Rappaport Clark, former head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Rolf Peterson and Jon Vucetich, lead researchers in the ongoing Isle Royale moose-wolf survey; L. David Mech, the Minnesota-based wolf expert with 55 years of field experience across the U.S. and Canada; and Luigi Boitani of the University of Rome, a leading expert on European wolves.

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