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Wis. DNR wants to increase wolf hunt limits

Published On: Jun 18 2013 12:32:35 PM CDT
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

Wisconsin wildlife officials are asking their board to let hunters and trappers kill more wolves this year.

The Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday finalized their proposed kill quotas for the state's second wolf season, setting the mark at 275 wolves. The state's Chippewa tribes are entitled to half of the quota for the ceded territory, which means nontribal hunters and trappers would be able to kill 160 wolves statewide. The DNR would issue 2,750 permits, up from 2,010 last year.

The Natural Resources Board is expected to vote on the quotas at a June 26 meeting in Wausau.

Hunters and trappers killed 117 wolves during last fall's hunt. The DNR estimates as many as 834 wolves roamed the state last winter.

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