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Wisconsin wolf hunting permit applications top 3,000 in 2 days

The state Department of Natural Resources has received 3,277 applications for wolf hunting permits in the first two days of the application period, which started Wednesday.

By noon Wednesday, just a few hours after the agency started taking applications, the DNR had already received 1,800 permit requests, according to Scott Loomans, a DNR spokesman.

“I guess we really didn’t know what to expect,” Loomans said. “But it sounds encouraging. We’re hoping to get as many applications as we can.”

Loomans said the agency did not yet have a breakdown of how many applications were from in state and how many were from elsewhere.

The controversial wolf hunt is scheduled to begin Oct. 15 and run through Feb. 28, 2013. The agency has set a statewide quota of 201 wolves out of a population of about 800. The DNR could issue as many as 2,010 permits, but the season would be shut down once the quota is reached, according to agency wildlife officials…

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