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Two more wolf zones closing to huntersSubmitted: 10/30/2013
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - Wolf hunters must be getting better, as they are quickly closing in on the harvest quota for this year.

Both zone one and zone five will be closed today.

The DNR closed the zones for hunting and trapping gray wolves.

It's effective Wednesday at 7 P-M.

Zone ONE is in the northernmost part of the state.

Zone FIVE is in the central part.

It includes parts of Wood and Adams counties.

This makes it THREE wolf harvest zones to close this year.

Zone two closed just one week into the season.

People can still hunt in Zones 3, 4, and 6.

he DNR set a statewide quota of 251 wolves for the season.

The D-N-R said yesterday that 168 wolves were shot-and-trapped since October 15th.

Eighty-three more animals can be taken -- and when they're gone, the season's over.

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