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Wisconsin sets quota for wolf hunting, trapping season

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MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin’s Natural Resources Board on Wednesday set the state’s 2014 wolf hunting and trapping season quota at 156, down from last year’s quota of 275.

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The quota is the same as that proposed by the Department of Natural Resources Wolf Advisory Committee.

The quota was set with the intention of continuing to reduce the state’s wolf population in accordance with the goals identified in the wolf management plan, DNR officials said in a news release.

Last fall, hunters and trappers in Wisconsin took 257 wolves. The state’s current late-winter 2014 minimum count is 660 to 689 wolves. This count represents a decline of 18 percent from the 2013 winter count of 809 to 834.

The DNR Wolf Advisory Committee is composed of DNR staff, the Chippewa tribes, partner natural resource agencies and stakeholders representing the agriculture industry, Wisconsin Conservation Congress, sporting groups and organizations with an interest in wolf management.

Though the quota has been decided, the amount of wolves harvestable by state trappers and hunters may be adjusted dependent on tribal harvest declarations.

Minnesota expects to set its 2014 wolf hunting and trapping quotas in July, said Dan Stark, DNR large carnivore specialist.

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