DNR halting wolf hunt in 2 zones in northeast Wisconsin

2012-11-16T10:45:00Z 2012-11-20T16:52:32Z DNR halting wolf hunt in 2 zones in northeast WisconsinRON SEELY | Wisconsin State Journal | rseely@madison.com | 608-252-6131 madison.com

The state Department of Natural Resources is shutting down the wolf hunt in two of the six zones it established to manage the number of wolves killed, agency officials announced Thursday.

The hunt will be closed at 8 p.m. Friday in Zones 2 and 4, both of which are in far northeast Wisconsin. The agency reported that as of Thursday, hunters had killed 18 wolves in Zone 2, where the quota is 20 animals, and four wolves in Zone 4, where the quota is five wolves.

Kurt Thiede, DNR Lands Division administrator, said the agency initiated the closure process in the two zones prior to the quotas being reached because it anticipates an increase in the number of wolves being killed during the gun deer season, which begins Saturday at dawn.

Hunting continues in the state's four other zones, but Thiede said the agency is keeping a close eye on Zone 1 in northwest Wisconsin and in Zone 5 in central Wisconsin and urged hunters planning to hunt in those zones to check with the agency before heading to the field. The agency is announcing closures through news releases and on the agency's website at dnr.wi.gov. Also, hunters who want to double-check on whether a particular zone is open can call 1-855-299-9653.

The zones were established to allow the agency to track the progress of the hunt and regulate the number of wolves killed in particular areas of the state. Quotas were set higher in areas where there have been more problems with wolves killing livestock.

Statewide, hunters had killed 77 wolves as of Thursday. The statewide quota is 116 wolves.

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(8) Comments

  1. got2hunt
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    got2hunt - November 16, 2012 3:56 pm
    You just got to love those folks who live in and around Madison.
  2. dk9s
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    dk9s - November 15, 2012 10:43 pm
    big men.....NOT!
  3. array1
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    array1 - November 15, 2012 10:40 pm
    You appear to be showing the first signs of rabies.
  4. concerned_citizen
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    concerned_citizen - November 15, 2012 10:37 pm
    Well given that the pre-hunt facts were:
    "Wisconsin population studies, Wydeven said, have shown that 9 percent to 19 percent of the state's wolves are killed illegally each year, 10 percent are killed in depredation control programs, and 3 percent to 4 percent are killed by vehicles."
    I figure that the wolf haters are doin' just fine, thank you very much.
    Up to nearly 20% of the state's wolves killed illegally - before the legal hunt/trap?

    and some scientists say that the hunt may INCREASE depredation by wolves, by upsetting their "family values" social structure. Maybe humans will make their OWN situation worse, out of fear and hatred.
    "I think people are going to look back at this and it will have become a textbook example of how not to hold a hunt," David said.

    Not that the same things happens when we invade other countries of humans or anything...like for their oil, or copper, or bananas, or strategic location in the world...

    Read more: http://host.madison.com/news/local/environment/questions-abound-before-wisconsin-s-wolf-hunt/article_0d239a64-149c-11e2-9d06-0019bb2963f4.html#ixzz2CMBrHPCg
  5. yooper
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    yooper - November 15, 2012 9:52 pm
    i shot a wolf 2 weeks ago and had it smoked, the meat is tender and delicious and the hide was made into a hat.
  6. shoes11
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    shoes11 - November 15, 2012 8:34 pm
    Topofcenter calling the kettle black.
  7. TopOfCenter
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    TopOfCenter - November 15, 2012 8:03 pm
    I am certain foodanddrink's impeccable wildlife management credentials are beyond refute--as are his name-calling techniques.
  8. foodanddrink
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    foodanddrink - November 15, 2012 7:46 pm
    Sick bastards.

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