DNR: Gray wolf hunting season will start November 2021

Gray wolf
John and Karen Hollingsworth / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced Friday that wolf hunting season will start Nov. 6, 2021, just months after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to delist gray wolves from the federal list of endangered species.

Delisting wolves from the endangered species list allows for states and tribes to independently manage the predator’s population.

According to the DNR, which has managed gray wolves for decades, the most recent monitoring effort indicated there are at least 1,034 wolves in Wisconsin, most of which live in the northern third of the state.

DNR officials said they plan to create a wolf management plan to “ensure sustainable management of Wisconsin wolves for the future.”

While gray wolves are expected to be delisted on Jan. 4, 2021, it is still illegal to shoot a wolf outside of hunting season unless there is an immediate threat to human safety, according to a release. DNR officials said it is okay to shoot and kill wolves that are in the act of killing, wounding or biting a domestic animal on private land.