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Wisconsin DNR plans to allow hunters to kill 25 percent of state’s wolves

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hunters would be allowed to kill nearly a quarter of Wisconsin’s wolves this winter under rules the state Department of Natural Resources proposed Tuesday, sparking a debate over whether the hunt will make any dent in the state’s burgeoning wolf population.The rules package sets a statewide quota of 201 wolves across six zones. Non-tribal hunters could face even tighter kill limits, because Wisconsin’s Chippewa tribes have the right to claim up to 50 percent of the quota in the northern third of the state for themselves.

The DNR estimates between 815 and 880 wolves roam the state. Complaints about attacks on farm animals have been on the uptick in recent years and department officials want to scale the population back to 350 wolves. Grumbling already has begun over whether the quota is too low to have any effect this year.

“They’re being overly conservative in my judgment,” said George Meyer, executive director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation and a former DNR secretary. “You may not even reduce the population for next year. I’m not disagreeing with the idea of being cautious. (But) this is getting to be ultra-cautious.”

Read the entire article on sfgate.com: Wis. DNR restricts fall wolf kill to 201 animals

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