Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approves higher wolf hunt quota

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Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approves higher wolf hunt quota

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board went against recommendations by the Department of Natural Resources and raised the fall wolf hunting quota to 300 animals. 

DNR wildlife biologists were recommending a quota of 130 wolves saying a conservative number is warranted after the court-ordered February hunt exceeded the quota and because DNR doesn’t have post-hunt population estimates.  Most of the board says the state’s wolf population is more than 1,000 and well above the DNR management plan goal of 350 animals.

So far this year, Wisconsin has had 45 confirmed cases of wolves killing livestock or pets and 16 wolf harassment cases.  There are another 32 unconfirmed livestock and pet kills believed to be caused by wolves.

The February quota of 200 allowed non-tribal hunters to take 119 animals, and tribes didn’t hunt the 81 allocated to them.  218 wolves were harvested in a shortened February season with half of the quota met within 24 hours. 

As of Wednesday night, farmers and agricultural groups have not commented to Brownfield about the Wednesday Natural Resources Board vote.  Defenders of Wildlife issued a statement calling the vote irresponsible.

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