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Wisconsin's first organized wolf hunt underway

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One of the food chain's top predators is now prey in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin's first organized wolf hunt is underway. The season runs from October 15 until February. More than 2O,OOO hunters applied for the inaugural wolf hunt. But only 1,160 were awarded the chance to buy a permit.

Kenny Brzezinski is no stranger to hunting.

"I hunt deer, I hunt bear," said Brzezinski. "I hunt ducks, grouse, small game. I'm a fisherman. Pretty big outdoors person."

And Brzezinski was one of very few selected to be part of the state's first organized wolf hunt.

"I had a white packet in the mail from the DNR and I thought oh my God! I mean, I betchya I got a wolf permit. And sure as heck, I mean there it was."

Because of a limited wolf population, state wildlife officials set the harvest total at 116.

Brzezinski is excited and hoping for success. But others are not.

The wolf hunt has some animal advocates up in arms.

"No other species has ever been removed from the endangered species list at such a low population and then immediately hunted and trapped with an open season," said Alyson Bodai, The Humane Society of the United States.

The wolf was removed from the endangered species list in Wisconsin earlier this year

Now, the Humane Society has filed a complaint with the federal government, asking for wolves to be protected again. The organization plans to sue if that doesn't change.

But wildlife officials say there are more than enough wolves in Wisconsin to be off the endangered species list.

This wolf hunt may just be starting, but the battle is far from over.

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