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Wisconsin Wolf Hunt Snags Attention

Time was when deer management had no rival as the most controversial realm of Wisconsin wildlife management.

Those days are gone. In fact a relatively new program makes deer issues seem tame: wolf management.

The 2014 Wisconsin wolf hunting and trapping season opened last Wednesday. Through seven days, 96 wolves have been registered out of a statewide quota of 150, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

The pace of wolf kills has surpassed the rate in the previous two seasons. The roughly 1,100 licensed hunters and trappers know the season is likely to be short and have been actively trying to fill their tags from the opening day, according to DNR reports.

The wolf kill also has heightened attention on Wisconsin from both ends of the spectrum and from outside state borders…

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