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Wis. DNR wants to increase wolf hunt limits

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hunters and trappers would be allowed to kill dozens more wolves during Wisconsin’s second wolf hunt this fall, under new quotas released Tuesday by state wildlife officials.

Department of Natural Resources officials say the new quotas will help shrink the state’s burgeoning wolf population to what they think is its ideal size of 350 animals. But the plan promises to incur the wrath of conservationists and wolf lovers who are still bristling after last year’s inaugural season.

“They are too delicate of a species to have a general hunt,” Melissa Smith, organizer of Friends of Wisconsin Wolves, wrote in an email to The Associated Press. “I haven’t seen any consideration of science or people who wish to see wolves alive rather than dead.”

The DNR’s proposal calls for a statewide quota of 275 wolves across six zones for the hunt, which is set to begin in mid-October and run through the end of February. The state’s Chippewa tribes would be entitled to 115 of those wolves, leaving 160 for nontribal hunters and trappers. The agency wants to issue 2,750 permits, or 10 permits for every wolf…

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