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Wisconsin bill seeks to kill two out of three wolves

MADISON — A bill to establish a wolf hunting and trapping season is necessary to control a “burgeoning” wolf population in order to protect livestock and pets, state Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder told a legislative committee Wednesday.The Abbotsford Republican introduced legislation (AB 502) last week that would permit annual wolf hunting between Oct. 15 and the end of February, and for part of the season allow the use of dogs, traps, bait and night hunting to gradually reduce the wolf population from an estimated 800 to 1,000 animals to a targeted goal of 350.

“Many constituents of mine would say there’s more than (1,000 wolves), but 350 is where we need to be,” Suder said.

Suder also said he has worked on the bill with the Department of Natural Resources to set harvest limits on a “top predator” that caused the state to pay more than $300,000 last year to reimburse farmers who lost livestock to wolves…

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