DNR to Propose Lowering Wolf Hunting Quota
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/20/2014
Taking the advice of Wisconsin's Wolf Advisory Committee, the state's natural resources department will be recommending that no more than 156 wolves be harvested during the state's third modern hunting season later this fall.
The agency says the proposed harvest aims to reduce the state's overall wolf population, but not by as much as this past year when 251 wolves were allowed to be shot. If the quota is adjusted, it means that only 91 animals would be hunted since the state's Chippewa tribes are entitled to half of the permits and
they oppose hunting wolves.
The state had an estimated 650 wolves at the end of this winter, down 19 percent from a year ago. The original management goal is around 350.
A final decision on whether to adjust the quotas will be up to the DNR board, which meets next week in Milwaukee.
The Wolf Advisory Committee is made up of biologists and wildlife managers, several federal agency representatives, a representative of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission and several stakeholder groups.