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Inaugural wolf hunt season to end Sunday


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Wisconsin's inaugural wolf hunt will come to a close Sunday.

The DNR says the season will end Sunday at five p.m. There was only one wolf hunt zone open where the quota hadn't been reached yet. The state had set the limit statewide at 116 wolves, and the 115th wolf was harvested Friday. The DNR decided to announce the closure of the hunt because they're expecting at least one more wolf to be harvested by Sunday evening. The agency says they'll be analyzing data received from the hunt to plan for next season.


Press Release from the WNDR:

MADISON – Wisconsin's first modern wolf hunting and trapping season will come to a close at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 when the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources closes the last remaining zone that was open to wolf harvest.

Wolf harvest zone 3 is the sixth and last wolf harvest zone [PDF] to be closed this season. All wolf harvest zones are now closed.

"The wolf harvest trend in Zone 3 had been steady through the firearm deer season, but slowed down after the deer season. The harvest picked up again this last week with Zone 3 being the only remaining zone open in the state. Now within one wolf of the quota we will close the zone to avoid overharvest" said Kurt Thiede, DNR Lands Division Administrator. "This is Wisconsin's inaugural season. We have learned much about hunter and trapper success rates, and will learn more as we analyze additional data. This will help us draft permanent rules and the long-term management of our wolf population"

"We are pleased that hunters and trappers have been successful in achieving our quota, and the harvest was well distributed across the state. We are closing the wolf season with the harvest at 115, because we may have one or more still harvested until our closure goes into effect tomorrow." said Thiede.

The state wolf harvest quota for Zone 3 was set at 18 wolves and the closure process was initiated when wolf 17 was harvested on Dec. 21. Wolf hunters and trappers are advised that all wolf hunting and trapping will be closed statewide as of 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23. Any wolves harvested up until that time will need to be called in within 24 hours at 1-855-299-9653.

For more information search for "wolf" on the DNR website.

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