Madison, Wis. – The state DNR has stated it will propose a hunting quota of 200 wolves when the group’s board meets Monday to discuss an immediate wolf hunt.
The agency said department officials arrived at this figure after considering several factors, including the latest population estimate, public reaction to previous harvests, the current management plan, scientific literature and projections from population models, the Riverkeeper reported.
Wisconsin law requires the DNR to manage wolf season from November to the end of February, but Republican lawmakers have called for an impromptu start because they fear President Joe Biden will reinstate protections for the animals.
In January, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed wolves from the endangered species list in the lower 48 states and returned management to the states. The IRA board refused to order an immediate hunt on the grounds that Wisconsin’s Chippewa tribes had not been consulted as required by the treaty.
Thursday, a judge in Jefferson County ordered the department to begin hunting immediately. This means DNR must hurry to set quotas and issue permits before the season window closes at the end of February.
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