The state Senate's environmental committee has approved a bill that would create a wolf hunt in Wisconsin.
The committee passed the bill 5-2 Thursday. The vote clears the way for a vote in the full Senate.
Wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin came off the federal endangered species list last year. The states are now free to manage the wolves as they see fit.
The Republican measure would establish a hunting and trapping season that would run from mid-October through the end of February. The Department of Natural Resources would be allowed to limit licenses and award them to applicants who build up preference points.
The Assembly's natural resources committee approved the bill 13-1 on Monday, clearing the way for a vote in that chamber.
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