Plans for next wolf hunt move forwardSubmitted: 06/19/2013
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - Wisconsin wildlife officials want hunters and trappers kill more wolves this year.

Yesterday the DNR finalized proposed kill quotas for the state's second wolf season.

The quota was set at 275 wolves.

The state's Chippewa tribes are entitled to part of that quota.

That leaves non-tribal hunters and trappers 160 wolves statewide.

The DNR would issue 2-thousand 750 permits.

That's up from just over 2-thouand 2,010 last year.

The Natural Resources Board is expected to vote on the quotas at a meeting June 26th in Wausau.

Hunters and trappers killed 117 wolves during last fall's hunt.

The DNR estimates as many as 834 wolves roamed the state last winter.

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