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WI – HUNTING – Wisconsin’s wolf hunts will end on Feb. 24, two days after the season began on Feb. 22.

In less than 24 hours, Wisconsin hunters have killed 82 of the 119 gray wolves (Canis lupus) that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) allowed for the season. The hunting season was formulated by the DNR after a circuit court ordered a season to begin. In the waning days of the Trump Administration, the gray wolf was removed from the federal endangered species list. Following up on that momentum, a Kansas-based hunters’ organization sued the DNR, claiming that not having a hunt violated the constitutional rights of hunters. A circuit court judge in Jefferson County ultimately agreed with the organization. Luke Hilgemann, president of Hunter Nation Inc., called the ruling “a historic victory for the Wisconsin hunter.”A quota was set by the DNR for wolves to be hunted on non-reservation lands. Public input regarding the wolf hunt, as well as input from Wisconsin’s tribal communities, was limited.Wisconsin last had a wolf hunt in 2014. Environmental advocates and members of the DNR’s Natural Resources Board questioned the quota, which included approximately 16% of the wolf population in Wisconsin. Gray wolves returned to Wisconsin in recent years as packs spread out from Minnesota. Currently, the population stands at a little more than 1,000 wolves, with 256 packs plus 16 lone wolves.  [full article]

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