Hunters and trappers exceed Wisconsin wolf kill target

Wisconsin Dnr Resists Starting Wolf Hunt Immediately
Dawn Villella

FILE - This July 16, 2004, file photo, shows a gray wolf at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. Wisconsin State Department of Natural Resources officials pushed back Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, against Republican legislators seeking to implement a wolf season immediately, saying a hunt is already scheduled for November and they need time to gather input and set quotas.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hunters and trappers have exceeded Wisconsin’s state wolf kill target with several hours left in the brief season.

The Department of Natural Resources opened a season on Monday that was supposed to run through Sunday, with a kill quota of 119 animals.

It became clear on Tuesday that hunters and trappers were on pace to exceed the limit and the agency planned to end the hunt throughout the state by 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The department reported Wednesday morning that hunters and trappers had already killed 135 animals. Hunters and trappers also exceeded state targets during the 2012, 2013 and 2014 wolf seasons.