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Wisconsin board approves quota of up to 201 for October wolf harvest

Stevens Point – The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan to harvest as many as 201 wolves in a hunting and trapping season scheduled to begin in October.The plan, advanced in an emergency rule by the Department of Natural Resources, is intended to exert higher harvest pressure in marginal or poor wolf habitat and less in the core wolf ranges in the central and northern forest.

A crowd of 120 people overflowed the meeting room at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center.

Forty-three people testified; most asked for a reduced quota. In addition to the seven board members, DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp and Land Division Administrator Kurt Thiede were in attendance.

DNR wildlife manager Bill Vander Zouwen said the agency’s goal is to reduce the wolf population but retain a “viable, sustainable population.”

The DNR estimated the wolf population at 815 to 880 animals in late winter. The wolf was removed from protections of the federal Endangered Species Act and returned to state management in January…

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