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UPDATE: NR Board approves wolf hunt rules

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -

The state Natural Resources board has unanimously approved rules for a wolf hunt in Wisconsin.

At a six-hour meeting at the Holiday Inn in Stevens Point Tuesday, the board decided to set a limit of 201 wolves killed statewide. The hunt, which will run from October 15, 2012 through the end of February 2013, will offer 2,010 licenses. Those licenses will be awarded by a lottery system.  

The hunt will take place in six zones across the state. The board voted to exempt the Stock Bridge-Munsee lands from the hunt. Wolf harvests there will not be allowed.

The meeting included a chance for the public to comment. Of the 43 who spoke, some said the quota of 201 is too high, especially since wolves recently occupied a place on the endangered species list. One person said there shouldn't even be a hunt.

Others told the board the number is too low and should be higher.

The decision is effective for the season beginning in the fall of this year. However, the board can change the rules in the future when they create a permanent regulation for wolf hunting. In the meantime, the DNR is tasked with gathering data from the hunt. Officials say that will help in crafting permanent rules.

The wolf hunt is a result of a bill signed by Gov. Scott Walker in April. According to the NR board, the hunt is the first step to "begin to reduce the wolf population" in Wisconsin.

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