Via MN DNR website:http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/mammals/wolves/mgmt.html
Wolf hunting and trapping
Wolves in Minnesota can only be killed in defense of human life.
Only agents of the government are authorized to take wolves if pets or livestock are threatened, attacked or killed.
Minnesota's wolf legacy is unique: its northeastern corner of lakes
and sub-boreal forest once sheltered the last remaining wild wolves in
the lower 48 states. Wise and careful management under the Endangered
Species Act allowed those remaining wolves to flourish and repopulate
northern Wisconsin and Michigan's upper peninsula.
Minnesotans clearly value wolves. Public opinion surveys and attitudes demonstrated during development of the state's wolf management plan show people view the animal as ecologically important, scientifically fascinating, aesthetically attractive, recreationally appealing and significant for future generations. Only a small minority fear and dislike wolves or believe Minnesota would be a more desirable place without this apex predator.
DNR is committed to a responsible, conservative and science-based management strategy that ensures the long-term survival of wolves in Minnesota recognizes the animal's legacy and Minnesotans' collective interest in and concern for this northwoods icon.
Here is another side of the story. Check out his Bagley farmer's opinion in a news article from the Grand Forks Herald: