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Wisconsin closes wolf hunt

Wisconsin closed its wolf hunt after at least 64 wolves die in hunters’ gun sights.

Here’s the official press release from Wisconsin DNR:

Contact(s): Tom Hauge, DNR wildlife management bureau director, 608-266-2193; Bill Cosh, DNR spokesperson, 608-267-2773

MADISON- Wisconsin’s 2013 wolf hunting and trapping season will come to an end Monday, Dec. 23, 5 p.m. when the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources closes the last remaining zone open to wolf harvest.

Wolf Harvest Zone 3 is the sixth and last wolf harvest zone to be closed this season. All wolf harvest zones are now closed.

“The wolf harvest trend in Zone 3 has increased this weekend with Zone 3 being the only remaining zone open in the state. After a slow beginning to the season in Zone 3, hunting and trailing conditions were favorable to higher hunter success. Therefore, with 12 wolves harvested in the last two days, we felt it was important to close the season at this point given the renewed pace of harvest and hunter success,” said Kurt Thiede, DNR Land Division Administrator.

“This has been a successful second season, and the harvest was well distributed across the state. We are closing the wolf season now to reduce the risk of exceeding our quota,” said Thiede.

The state wolf harvest quota for Zone 3 was set at 71 wolves and the closure process was initiated when wolf 64 was harvested on Dec. 21.

Wolf hunters and trappers are advised that all wolf hunting and trapping will be closed statewide as of 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 23. Any wolves harvested up until that time will need to be called in within 24 hours at 1-855-299-9653.

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