There’s a split when it comes to the numbers from Wisconsin’s wolf hunting season. Hunters are happy. They shot or trapped 216 gray wolves during the three-day season this week. Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources is disappointed.
The haul from this year’s wolf hunt, the first since the gray wolf came off the Endangered Species list earlier this year, was 82% above DNR’s goal. Eric Lobner, DNR’s wildlife director, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he should have stopped the hunt earlier. “Did we go over? We did. Was that something we wanted to have happen? Absolutely not,” Lobner was quoted as saying. Wisconsin’s wolf hunting season was supposed to last a week, instead the state ordered the seasons closed after just two and a half days. [full article]