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DNR counting wolves to determine hunting permit numbers

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The DNR says there are more than 800 wolves roaming Wisconsin. And they're still counting.  That number will determine how many permits will be given out for the state's first ever public wolf hunt.

Hunters, trackers, DNR wolf specialists and concerned citizens met this morning in Wausau to determine the number of wolves in Wisconsin.

The meeting continued into the afternoon.

Laurie Groskopf of Tomahawk says the wolf population is getting out of hand.

Groskopf: "We need to get the population down not just for the fact that the livestock producers are suffering, pet owners are suffering, there's been some human safety concerns, but also the fact that the wolves themselves are suffering because the people in wolf territory are very angry about the program."

Others think the upcoming wolf hunt is not the answer to getting the population under control.

Ron Vandervelden/Wolf Tracker: "These animals,.we don't want to turn them all loose on the landscape, at some point management does take a role, to turn it into a public slaughter is another situation."

The wolf hunt is scheduled to being in October and end in February.

The DNR says wolf permits will be issued in a lottery system.

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