February 7, 2016

Wolf hunt to end on Sunday

(Photo: WDNR)

Wisconsin’s inaugural wolf hunting season will end on Sunday, more than two months ahead of schedule.

The announcement means the state’s first wolf hunt will likely end with 115 wolves harvested, out of a season that had been capped at 116 animals. The DNR says the decision to close zone three one short of a harvest quota of 18 was made in the event an additional wolf is taken before the season officially ends at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The announcement brings an end to the state’s first modern wolf hunting season just a little over two months after it started. The season began on October 15th and was scheduled to run through February 28th or when 116 animals were harvested.

DNR Lands Division Administrator Kurt Thiede says information gathered from hunters and trappers during the first season will be analyzed to help the DNR draft permanent rules and plan the long term management of Wisconsin’s wolf population.

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