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UPDATE: DNR approves 275 quota wolf hunt

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has approved new harvest numbers for the state's second ever wolf hunt.

The DNR proposed a quota statewide of 275 wolves, which was approved unanimously by the Natural Resources Board at a meeting in Wasuau. That is up from quota of 201 in last year's harvest.

There were strong opponents against the hunt, including a number of tribes. Those opponents say the wolves shouldn't be harvested, because of low numbers. The Chippewa did not chose to kill any of the 85 wolves they were allowed to last year. On the other hand, DNR officials say the hunt is necessary to control the population.

"I am pleased with the board's support of the department's plan moving forward. We've learned a lot from the past season that we had, our first one," said Wisconsin DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp.

 

"Wolves are good for our ecology, they are top predators, they are self regulating," said Alice Miller of Maple.

The hunt is scheduled to begin mid-October and run through February, or until the kill limits are reached.

 


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