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Wolf hunting area restricted

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WISCONSIN (WAOW) -

Just nine days into this years wolf hunt, the Department of Natural Resources officials closed hunting in part of Northern Wisconsin.

Zone 2 closed Wednesday afternoon. It includes parts of Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marinette, Oconto, Oneida and Vilas counties.

The DNR set a 28 wolf quota for that area. By Wednesday, 27 wolves had been killed in Zone 2.

"We want to make sure that we have a healthy, abundant population in this state and being able to shut the season down when we reach our quotas is a part of that," said Tom Hauge, Wildlife Management Program director.

DNR officials say Zone 2 has one of the best habitats for wolves. They also said trappers have been most successful so far this season.

The wolf hunt goes until February 21. But officials say if the state reaches its 251 wolf quota, zones will close before then.

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