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Proposed wolf reduction worries Wisconsin scientists

As hunters prepare for Wisconsin’s wolf hunt, some scientists are warning that a proposal to sharply cull the population could destabilize it — just two years after wolves were removed from the federal endangered list.

At issue is a plan, favored by some members of a reconstituted state Department of Natural Resources committee, to maintain a population goal of 350 wolves.

The proposal runs counter to a widely accepted scientific model for harvest management, which suggests 350 is too low to reliably manage Wisconsin’s wolf population.

Currently, the DNR estimates the state has at least 800 wolves. The 2013 wolf hunt season, which calls for harvesting 275 wolves, begins Tuesday. The DNR wants to reduce the population by about 13 percent to move closer to its goal.

Read the entire article on host.madison.com: Proposed wolf reduction worries Wisconsin Scientists

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