August 29, 2014

Natural Resources Board approves wolf hunt

The state Natural Resources Board has signed off on a Wisconsin wolf hunt. The board voted unanimously on Tuesday to set a quota of 201 wolves for the initial hunting season, which will run from mid-October to the end of February.

Environmentalists have argued that limit is too high, while hunters say it’s too low to make much of a dent. The size of the state’s wolf population is estimated at about 850 animals. Officials with the DNR agreed the quota is low, but said they want to be careful in the first year of the hunting season. The federal government could take control of wolf management again if the population drops too low.

There will be six zones in the state for wolf hunting, with a heavier focus on removing the animals in areas where they have caused problems by killing livestock and other animals.