Summary of Minnesota Wolf Depredation Data

Data tabulated by the International Wolf Center with data provided by USDA-Wildlife Services

PRIMARY ANIMALS TAKEN
YR Est. Wolf Pop. Verified
Com-
plaints
#
of Farms
Wolves
Killed
Annual
Comp.

a,b
adult
cattle
calves sheep turkey dogs
1979 1,235 16 12 6 $ 20,773 5 12 1 0 1
1980 28 17 21 $ 20,459 4 12 56 56 1
1981 60 38 29 $ 38,606 6 24 110 571 3
1982 34 27 20 $ 18,971 1 23 12 50 2
1983 40 28 42 $ 24,868 3 32 29 127 4
1984 35 19 36 $ 19,4578 2 8 92 294 6
1985 39 27 31 $ 23,559 4 19 75 0 2
1986 30 25 31 $ 14,444 7 19 13 285 1
1987 38 30 43 $ 24,234 5 19 9 1753 2
1988 50 35 59 $ 28,110 3 28 68 251 3
1989 1,521 58 41 81 $ 43,664 9 31 47 1636 10
1990 76 55 91 $ 42,739 2 35 112 693 11
1991 55 42 54 $ 32,206 5 30 31 977 9
1992 82 62 118 $ 23,339 10 45 38 132 6
1993 70 57 139 $ 30,996 16 41 23 682 6
1994 91 74 172 $ 34,328 14 68 14 113 8
1995 82 64 78 $ 29,697 14 49 15 93 8
1996 2,000-
2,200
99 69 154 $ 31,777 12 62 21 1612 10
1997 109 93 216 $ 39,309 20 81 35 1140 12
1998 2,450 145 99 161 $ 57,480 18 100 33 140 25
1999 90 87 163 $ 66,052 17 79 3 897 16
2000 84 84 148 $ 91,585 11 84 19 514 17
2001 2,600 53 48 109 $ 80,174 22 89 23 35 10
2002 96 86 146 $ 69,515 11 86 58 6 5
2003 58 67 125 $ 82,646 4 59 14 313 2
2004 3,020 66 53 105 $ 42,077 8 58 15 101 4
2005 3,020 93 68 134 $ 45,100 13 121 48 269 7
2006 91 73 122 $ 72,895 16 132 19 554 2
2007 102 63 133 $ 81,683 3 83 10 365 3
2008 2,921 75 66 143 $ 95,526 10 42 22 326 2
2009 85 73 195 $ 88,366 4 82 16 0 11
2010 130 93 192 $106,615 7 80 15 24 15
2011 109 84 203 $102,230 16 75 9 2 6
2012 86 78 215 $119,659 9 63 5 0 6
2013 2,423 60 53 95 $113,714 6 58 0 0 5
2014 69 67 172 $109,475 8 44 21 0 2
2015 2,221 115 99 213 $106,102 17 67 12 0 16
2016 2,278 92 76 183 $253,313 13 63 3 1 5
2017 2,856 89 76 190 $153,396 8 68 3 0 6
2018 2,655 113 97 189 $161.212 9 82 7 0 4
Avg. 72 58 114 $66,357 9 54 29 350 7
Last 5-yr Avg. 85 74 171 $147,200 10 60 8 .2 7
Total 2,880 2,308 4,568 $2,654,260 363 2,171 1,149 14,012 270

*Figures for 1979 may under-represent losses as the depredation program began July 1, 1977 with an accompanied low public awareness of the program.

*In some cases, livestock losses are compensated without verification of carcasses.

*The State Legislature increased the maximum compensation payment per animal from $400 to $750 in 1998.

*The MN Department of Agriculture began paying full market value for livestock losses due to wolves in 2001.