Wisconsin DNR approves wolf hunt proposal
The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board unanimously approved a plan Tuesday to harvest as many as 201 wolves in a hunting and trapping season scheduled to begin in October. The proposal, advanced in an emergency rule by the Department of Natural Resources, would spread the harvest among six management zones.
A crowd of 120 people overflowed the meeting room July 17 at the Stevens Point Holiday Inn and Conference Center.
Forty-three people testified. In addition to the seven board members, DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp and Land Division Administrator Kurt Thiede were in attendance.
The board was able to vote only on the DNR proposal for wolf quotas, zones and a limited number of specific hunting and trapping rules.
The Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker established most aspects of the hunting and trapping season through Act 169, signed in April.
Act 169 specifies a harvest season from Oct. 15 to the end of February, allows the use of dogs to hunt wolves, allows night hunting and the use of bait.
The law makes Wisconsin the only state to allow the use of dogs to hunt wolves.
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