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UPDATE: Wis. DNR restricts fall wolf kill to 201 animals

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin wildlife officials have released a detailed plan for this fall's wolf hunt that would allow hunters to kill 201 animals.

The plan would limit the number of hunters to 10 times the quota. That would translate to 2,010 hunters this year.

The state would be divided into six zones with lower sub-quotas in the northern areas where wolves are more plentiful. Wisconsin's Chippewa tribes would be allowed to reserve up to 50 percent of the total quota for their members within the ceded territory, which encompasses roughly the northern third of the state.

Department of Natural Resources ecologists say they're not comfortable setting higher harvest goals in the hunt's first year.

The Natural Resources Board is expected to take up the plan on July 17.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Natural Resources Board is scheduled next month to consider the parameters for this fall's wolf hunt.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill this spring authorizing a wolf hunt beginning on Oct. 15. The bill specified the season length and methods, including the use of dogs, baiting and night hunting. The Department of Natural Resources has been working since May to iron out the rest of the details such as quotas and hunting zone structures.

Earlier this month the DNR announced a plan calling for killing up to 233 wolves and issuing five times more licenses than the harvest number, predicting hunters will have a 20 percent success rate.

The board is expected to take up the plan at a meeting in Stevens Point on July 17.


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