RHINELANDER - Hunters kicked off the wolf hunting season Tuesday. But you may be surprised not all of the permits have been bought.
Out of 1,600 applicants, 2,500 permits were issued for this year's hunt and only 1,500 of those have been sold.
But DNR Large Carnivore Specialist David MacFarland doesn't think that's due to a lack of interest.
"People really don't start buying licenses until they are ready to go out and harvest and I do the same thing. The first time I went grouse hunting this year I had to run out and buy a license before I went. So we think we'll see the same thing with the wolf harvest."
The DNR says the permits almost never sell out completely, no matter what type of hunting season is in place.
Even though this is the second year of wolf hunting, the controversy over the season is still as high as ever says MacFarland.
"It's a polarizing issue. There are people in the state who are very happy with what's happening. They think it's long over due that wolves should have been hunted long ago and that the population should be reduced. There are also people in the state who believe that wolves shouldn't be harvested. That problem wolves should be dealt with in other ways and that the population should be able to grow beyond what it is now."
There are more than 800 wolves in the state. The DNR wants that number to eventually go down to 350. It set this years kill limit at 251.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander factory that makes smoke flavoring caught fire early Monday morning.
Shortly before 6:00 a.m., Rhinelander, Crescent and Newbold Fire Departments responded to a fire at Red Arrow Products on Rhinelander's west side.
An employee says there were about eight workers inside at the time.
No one was injured.
"Flames were coming out of a conveyor area as high as the roof. We made an interior attack and knocked that flame down. Came in from the other side of the partition wall, then made another interior attack and knocked that down," says Chief Terry Williams.
As of 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, firefighters were still working to make sure the flames were out.
HARSHAW - Oneida County sheriff's deputies found three runaway sisters, ages 14, 14, and 12, in the woods in Harshaw just after 1 p.m. on Monday.
The sisters had been reported missing by their parents Monday morning. The parents had gone to wake the girls up for school, but instead found a note saying they had gone on an "adventure."
The missing girls triggered a search from the Oneida County Sheriff's Office Special Response Unit, Newbold Fire Department Search and Rescue, Minocqua Fire Department, Lake Tomahawk Fire Department, and Little Rice Fire Department.
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has selected a former legislator to run the state Department of Natural Resources.
Walker's office announced Monday that he has chosen former Republican state Rep. Dan Meyer to serve as DNR secretary. He replaces Cathy Stepp, who resigned in August to take a position in President Donald Trump's administration.
RHINELANDER - The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission will get its long-awaited federal funding installment by October 4.
The timing means no Northwoods Transit Connections drivers will have to voluntarily furlough their pay, but the requirement of 24-hour advance notice for rides will stay in place.
Transit Commission Chair Erv Teichmiller learned the news over the weekend.
The commission is waiting on an expected payment of $300,000 from the federal government. In 2016, that money came in early September. As of last Friday, the commission wasn't expecting the payment until as late as November.
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